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Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, known simply as List College, is the undergraduate school of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS). It was founded by
Solomon Schechter
Solomon Schechter
in 1909 as the Teachers Institute with the original goal of training American Jewish educators. List College is closely affiliated with
Columbia University Columbia University (also known as Columbia, and officially as Columbia University in the City of New York) is a Private university, private Ivy League research university in New York City. Established in 1754 on the grounds of Trinity Church ...
; almost all List College students are enrolled in dual-degree programs with either
Columbia University Columbia University (also known as Columbia, and officially as Columbia University in the City of New York) is a Private university, private Ivy League research university in New York City. Established in 1754 on the grounds of Trinity Church ...
’s School of General Studies or
Barnard College Barnard College of Columbia University is a Private college, private Women's colleges in the United States, women's Liberal arts colleges in the United States, liberal arts college in New York City. It was founded in 1889 by Annie Nathan Meyer as ...
.


History

As
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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
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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 lay-leaders. 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 with 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.


Academics

List College grants a degree of
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in twelve formal Judaic Studies majors ranging from
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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.List College Academics


See also

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Columbia University Columbia University (also known as Columbia, and officially as Columbia University in the City of New York) is a Private university, private Ivy League research university in New York City. Established in 1754 on the grounds of Trinity Church ...
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Barnard College Barnard College of Columbia University is a Private college, private Women's colleges in the United States, women's Liberal arts colleges in the United States, liberal arts college in New York City. It was founded in 1889 by Annie Nathan Meyer as ...


References


External links


List College Website

Jewish Theological Seminary of America Website
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