About the Center

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pettigrew.vsmEstablished in 2003, the Carolina Center for Jewish  Studies, an interdisciplinary academic program in the College of Arts  and Sciences, promotes a deeper understanding of Jewish history,  culture and thought through its teaching, research and community  outreach initiatives.


Academics

The University offers an undergraduate degree program in Jewish Studies. The degree program, launched in 2012, is available through the Department of Religious Studies, where students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a Concentration in Jewish Studies.

Two academic minors – Jewish Studies and Modern Hebrew – continually attract a diverse  group of Carolina students.

The number of Jewish Studies courses offered to Carolina students has grown to nearly 40 in less than 10 years.

In the current  academic year, nearly 20 faculty members teach and conduct research in  Jewish Studies at Carolina and funding is in place to hire additional faculty positions in the near future. Faculty members are based in eight different academic departments [Religious Studies, Asian Studies, German/Slavic Languages and Literatures, American Studies, History, English, Romance Languages, and Music].

Students have the opportunity to pursue Jewish Studies  through study  abroad programs in Israel, Czech Republic and several other countries.  Students may also participate in archaeological excavations in Israel.


Public Programs Each year, the Center hosts free, public lectures that bring an array of international experts to the campus community  and general public.

The Center also co-sponsors programs with  other Carolina departments, Duke University, and community  organizations, to further  enrich the student experience and expand community outreach efforts.


Community Support The Center depends on private support in order to fully realize its mission of teaching, research and  community outreach. Generous donations have established  endowed  faculty chairs, supported graduate students, sponsored student and faculty research, and underwritten dynamic  public programs.

The Center’s Advisory  Board, comprised of alumni and community leaders, helps guide the  Center’s growth and assists with raising private support.


Future Vision The Center’s global focus and comprehensive scope of study, coupled with Carolina’s national reputation as a student-focused research  university, make the program truly unique among its peers. Future plans promise to establish Carolina as the leading institution for Jewish Studies in the American south and as a prominent source of  research with an international reputation.