ALBERT A. LIST COLLEGE OF JEWISH STUDIES (LIST COLLEGE) is the
undergraduate school of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America
(JTS) . It was founded by
Solomon Schechter in 1909 as the Teachers
Institute with the original goal of training American Jewish
List College is closely affiliated with Columbia
University ; almost all
List College students are enrolled in
dual-degree programs with either
Columbia University ’s School of
General Studies or
Barnard College .
* 1 History
* 2 Academics
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 External links
As chancellor of JTS,
Solomon Schechter established the Teachers
Institute as the undergraduate division of the seminary in 1909. The
primary goal of the Teachers Institute was to train young Jewish
educators. A co-educational school from its inception, the Teachers
Institute was one of the few places in the country where women could
study Judaics on a collegiate level.
Mordecai Kaplan served as the
school’s first dean; his leadership and vision led to early
successes. In 1931 a second undergraduate division, the Seminary
College of Jewish Studies, was established for the education of Jewish
In 1953, the scope of
List College was greatly broadened by the
establishment of a joint program with Columbia University, enabling
students to simultaneously earn two bachelor's degrees—one from each
school. A similar program for women only was created in conjunction
Barnard College in 1979. The Seminary College of Jewish
Studies-Teachers Institute was renamed the Albert A.
List College of
Jewish Studies in 1986 in honor of a philanthropic donation to JTS.
Students who attend
List College today represent a wide spectrum of
religious backgrounds, with many reasons for attending the program.
While the original intention of the Teachers Institute was to train
young Jewish educators,
List College students pursue a variety of
career paths upon completion of the program.
List College grants a degree of
Bachelor of Arts in twelve formal
Judaic Studies majors ranging from
Bible to Jewish Women’s Studies.
Students may also design their own interdisciplinary majors with
institutional approval. The vast majority of students concurrently
pursue a second
B.A. from either
Columbia University or Barnard
College—dual-degree programs entitled the Joint Program and the
Double Degree Program respectively.
* ^ A History of
List College Archived 2008-04-07 at the Wayback
* ^ Kaufman, David. "Jewish Education as a Civilization: A History
of the Teachers Institute" Tradition Renewed: A History of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of America. Volume One: The Making of an
Institution of Higher Learning. Jack Wertheimer, Editor. The Jewish
Theological Seminary of America, Inc.: New York, NY 1997.
List College Academics Archived 2009-04-28 at the Wayback