Doctor of Philosophy in Jewish Studies
At the core of Touro's mission "to transmit and enrich the Jewish heritage and its tradition of intellectual inquiry", our Ph.D. in Jewish Studies emphasizes the intellectual, cultural, literary, social and political history of the Jewish people over the past millennium. Right now, the program specializes in modern Jewish studies (sixteenth century to the present) with plans to introduce a concentration in medieval Jewish studies.
Required and elective doctoral seminars, taught by well-published and widely recognized faculty, emphasize close historical analysis of primary source material, interdisciplinary methodological approaches to the study of Jewish history, current issues in scholarship, practical use of bibliographical and research aids, and mastery of academic writing.
Students who successfully meet doctoral degree requirements can go on to academic careers in teaching and/or scholarship, or leadership positions at Jewish educational and communal institutions.