The Program in Jewish Studies is made up of a diverse group of Rice students majoring in various fields. Here is a small selection of some of the students who take our classes and minor in Jewish Studies.
Hometown: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Minor: Jewish Studies
I am a history student considering law school. My primary interest is in the languages and cultures of the Middle East. Through the Program in Jewish Studies at Rice, I've taken two semesters of Hebrew, and over spring break I went to Jerusalem with Dr. Henze and Dr. Weininger as part of their Jerusalem course. Learning Hebrew, in particular, has been a great experience for me. I find its unique history of renewal in the modern period fascinating. These classes have helped broaden my understanding of relations between the people living in the Middle East. As I hope to pursue a career in the region, understanding these relationships is crucial. I'm very grateful that I’ve been introduced to Hebrew, as well as Jewish culture and history, through the Program in Jewish Studies.
From my first exposure to the Program in Jewish Studies in FWIS 199: Jews on Film, my courses in the program have had a huge impact upon my academic studies at Rice. The program has given me an incredibly unique and critical lens to apply to both my work in political science, and in examining my own identity as a biracial woman in America.
The interdisciplinary nature of the program has also given me the opportunity to use what I learn in every part of my academic ventures. I spent the past summer in Taipei studying Chinese at National Taiwan University. For my final presentation, I gave a speech in Chinese on the impact of the establishment of Israel upon the Jewish population in Iraq. The Program in Jewish Studies has grown to become a vital part of all aspects of my undergraduate experience, and I look forward to see how it will continue to build upon and support my academic studies at Rice.