Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies
The Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies at OU offers an exceptionally wide variety of courses, including Jewish history in all periods and places, Hebrew Language and Literature at all levels, the Bible and Its Interpretation, Israel Studies, the Holocaust/Genocide, Jewish Literature in translation, as well as anthropological, sociological and political perspectives on the Jewish experience. With five core tenured/tenure-track faculty, two core faculty in Hebrew and fifteen affiliated faculty (whose main area of research lies elsewhere, but offer courses with Judaic content) the University of Oklahoma fields the most comprehensive faculty/set of classes in the region. Judaic Studies explores the history and culture of the Jewish people over a period of four millennia in the Land of Israel and in the Diaspora (Dispersion) through the tools of the humanities and the social sciences. The field began as an academic discipline in Europe during the nineteenth century and developed within universities and research centers the world over during the twentieth and twenty-first. Israel Studies is a much more recent field dedicated to interpreting the culture, politics and society of the modern State of Israel.