Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Washington University in St. Louis

Campus Box 1121

1 Brookings Drive

St. Louis, Mo. 63130

314-935-5110 or 314-935-8567


The Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (JINELC) is devoted to the study of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern languages and literatures; the history and cultures of the Near East; and the Jewish and Islamic civilizations, both individually and comparatively.

Its integrated curriculum offers a focal point for cross-cultural academic exchange that highlights the shared experiences and mutual influences of the two civilizations while paying close attention to the historical context of social change and cultural production. 

Undergraduate students can major or minor in Arabic, Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies, and Comparative Jewish and Islamic Studies. The department also offers a master of arts in Jewish Studies and a master of arts in Islamic and Near Eastern Studies.

Hillel Kieval, Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought, is Department Chair. 

Many of the department’s events are open to the public, and are posted on the website.