Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies is an intercollegiate, interdisciplinary program which offers the student the opportunity to examine critically the rich culture and the historical experience of the Jewish people, their unique traditions, their interactions with other cultures, and their impact on world civilization. The program draws on the academic expertise of faculty in such disciplines as literature, history, religious studies, philosophy, psychology, and politics. It provides significant preparation for students considering careers in education, social work, public policy, law, business, the rabbinate, Jewish education, and scholarly research.

Students may complete the sequence in Jewish Studies or major in Jewish Studies through Scripps College.

For more information, please contact Professor Gary Gilbert.


Claremont McKenna

Gary Gilbert (Religious Studies)

  • Formative Judaism
  • Women in Jewish Tradition
  • Jerusalem
  • Israel: Zionism and the Jewish State
  • Jewish Art and Identity
  • Jewish Civilization

Wendy Lower (History)

  • Holocaust

Jonathan Petropoulos (History)

  • Holocaust


Oona Eisenstadt (Religious Studies)

  • Modern Judaism
  • Contemporary Jewish philosophy

Erin Runions (Religious Studies)

  • Hebrew Bible


Andrew Eisenberg (History)

  • Jews in modern Europe

Harvey Mudd

Hal Barron (History)

  • American Jewish experience


HIST 131 HM: Jewish Experience in America. Baron
HIST 137 CM: Researching the Holocaust. Lower
HIST 168 SC: The Destruction of European Jewry and German Society. Eisenberg
RLST 20 PO: Biblical Heritage. Runions
RLST 21 CM: Jewish Civilization. Gilbert
RLST 40 PO: Religious Ethics. Eisenstadt
RLST 43 CM: Introduction to Religious Thought. Davis
RLST 55 CM: The United States, Israel, and the Arabs. Gilbert
RLST 60 SC: Feminist Interpretations of the Bible. Jacobs
RLST 87 CM: Israel: Zionism and the Jewish State. Gilbert
RLST 129 CM: Formative Judaism. Gilbert
RLST 130 PO: Convivencia: Religious “Tolerance” in Medieval Spain. Wolf
RLST 132 PO: Messiahs and the Millennium. Runions
RLST 133 PO: Modern Judaism. Eisenstadt
RLST 135 CM: Jerusalem. Gilbert
RLST 137 CM: Jewish-Christian Relations. Gilbert
RLST 139 PO: Contemporary Continental Jewish Philosophy. Eisenstadt
RLST 143 CM: Philosophy of Religion. Davis
RLST 144 CM: Life, Death, and the Survival of Death. Davis
RLST 154 PO: Life, Love, and Suffering in Biblical Wisdom. Runions
RLST 157 PO: Post-Holocaust Philosophy. Eisenstadt
RLST 158 PO: Jewish Mysticism. Eisenstadt
RLST 162 PO: Modern Jewish Thought. Eisenstadt
RLST 163 CM: Women and Gender in Jewish Tradition. Gilbert
RLST 178 PO: Modern Jewish Experience. Eisenstadt
RLST 184 PO: Queer Theory and the Bible. Runions

Study Abroad

Ben Gurion University, Ginsberg-Ingerman
Overseas Study Program

Hebrew University, Rothberg International School

University of Haifa, International School
CET Jewish Studies in Prague

Modern Hebrew (options at other institutions)

Swig Judaic Studies Program
University of San Francisco

Middlebury Language Schools
Middlebury College

Ulpan Akiva, Netanya, Israel

University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

Pardes Summer Ulpan, Jerusalem, Israel

Summer/Post-Graduate Programs

Tel Akko Archaeological Excavation
Akko, Israel

Summer Seminar on Jewish Thought
Princeton University

The Tikvah Fellowship in Jewish Life
New York, NY

Masters Program in Jewish Studies
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford


Religious Studies Department

Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 607-3394
Fax: (909) 621-8419

Campus Location

Kravis Center, Lower Court
888 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711