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Major & Minor

The Jewish Studies major provides students with an understanding of Jewish history, language, literature, religion, thought and politics. Jewish culture originated in the ancient Near East and continues today in many different forms across the globe. Drawing from the Humanities, the Social Sciences and from courses offered by affiliated faculty in the School of Education, the Jewish Studies major seeks to help students understand Jewish identity, thought and self-expression within larger historical and social contexts, and to develop their ability to analyze human experience from different disciplinary perspectives.

In addition to the undergraduate major and minor offered through the interdepartmental program in CSRE, the Taube Center for Jewish Studies offers a full range of guest lectures, conferences, and symposia. Graduate students interested in Jewish Studies should see the separate Jewish Studies section of this bulletin for program information, opportunities, and additional course descriptions.

Undergraduates interested in completing a major or minor in Jewish Studies should visit Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) program descriptions and courses here.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Bing Overseas Studies Seminar in Israel (June 17-July 7)

A newly introduced Overseas studies seminar that will explore the nature and history of sacred space in Israel as developed by Jews, Christians and Muslims. See the BOSP Website in the Fall for more information here.

Koret Summer Fellowship in the Jewish Community

Developed in collaboration with the Haas Center for Public Service, 2 or 3 fellowships per year to support projects that aim to address a social welfare, cultural, educational or environmental need in partnership with a Jewish communal organization. See the Haas Center Website for more information this fall here. The deadline is February 7, 2013.

Awards

The Dr. Bernard Kaufman Undergraduate Research Award in Jewish Studies

The Kaufman Award will be given during the academic year to an undergraduate student who is engaged in research on Jews in modernity, with a preference for research focusing on contemporary Jewish life. The award is $500.

Applications for projects to be conducted in 2013 should include a 1-2 page description of the proposed project that describes its significance and how and when the research will be conducted. The application should also include a brief description or budget detailing how the funds will
be used, and the name of a faculty member that can be contacted for a reference. Applications for 2013 must be submitted to the Taube Center by January 15, 2013. **DEADLINE EXTENSION: April 26, 2013**

The Donald and Robin Kennedy Undergraduate Award

The Donald and Robin Kennedy Undergraduate Award honors the best essay written by an undergraduate at Stanford on a Jewish theme, and offers a prize of $500. This award is made possible by the generous gifts of William J. Lowenberg and Barbara and Ken Oshman.

To be considered for the Kennedy award in the academic year 2012-13, essays must have been written in the course of a student's career at Stanford in the period between the spring quarter 2012 and the spring quarter 2013. All submissions must be received by May 13, 2013.

The Taube Center Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis

A $500 award meant to honor the best undergraduate thesis. Students wishing to be considered for this $500 award should submit a copy of their honors thesis to the Taube Center by May 13, 2013.

The Koret Award for Best Essay Written in Hebrew

The Koret Award will be given to the best essay written in Hebrew by an undergraduate at Stanford, and offers a prize of $250. All submissions must be received by May 3, 2013.

The Nelee Langmuir Award

The Nelee Langmuir Award will be given to a student working in the field of Modern European History with a preference given to work on the Holocaust, and offers a prize of $500. In alternate years, the award will be given to an undergraduate student who shows excellence and commitment to studying French, to be coordinated by the Language Center.

Undergraduate OPPORTUNITIES:

Bing Overseas Studies Seminar in Israel (June 17-July 7)

Koret Summer Fellowship in the Jewish Community

Undergraduate Awards:

The Dr. Bernard Kaufman Undergraduate Research Award in Jewish Studies

The Donald and Robin Kennedy Undergraduate Award Honors

The Taube Center Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis

The Koret Award for Best Essay Written in Hebrew

The Nelee Langmuir Award

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