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About the Program
The Center for Jewish Studies at Hunter College is an interdisciplinary program with an exciting diversity of courses on the Jewish experience from Biblical times to the present day. We offer students new and compelling approaches to understanding the contemporary world, while fostering connections between a variety of disciplines. The broad nature of the Jewish Studies program provides an excellent preparation for an array of career and graduate study paths. The program reflects the diverse Hunter student body and Hunter's deep connections to New York City through internship programs at a range of cultural organizations, courses on Jewish New York, and programming on New York Jewish life. We also sponsor innovative and original academic lectures and public events.

The Jewish studies program hosts a 24-credit major leading to a BA degree in Jewish studies with courses taken in various departments and programs, as well as a minor in Jewish Studies. There is the opportunity to receive academic credit for fieldwork with a Jewish community agency, accredited summer study programs in Israel, and guided independent study.

Meet The Director

We are excited to introduce Leah Garrett, the new Director and Professor of Jewish Studies at Hunter College. Professor Garrett took up the position in February 2018 after having spent the last decade as the Loti Smorgon Research Professor of Contemporary Jewish Culture at Monash University. Professor Garrett is a born New Yorker who has lived and worked in such places as Israel, Africa, England, and Australia, and she is very happy to be back home. She is extremely excited about building the Center into a dynamic, cutting edge program that is deeply tied to the cultural life of New York City.

Professor Garrett has published numerous peer-reviewed essays, newspaper articles, and four books in Jewish literary history. Her most recent book, Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel, was shortlisted for the National Jewish Book Award and won this year's Jordan Schnitzer award for best book in Modern Jewish History. She is currently working on a new book entitled X-Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War Two forthcoming with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the United States and Chatto (Penguin Books) in the UK.

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