Graduate Program in Coexistence and Conflict

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Joint Degree: Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

PROMOTING COEXISTENCE BETWEEN CIVILIZATIONS IN THE NEAR EAST

Building sustainable peace is a priority at the crossroads of civilizations in the Near East. It deserves a profession with a proven range of skills and a deep understanding of the greatness and complexity of the Near East.

This joint MA degree in Coexistence and Conflict and in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies combines a rich and specific knowledge of the historical, religious, linguistic, and cultural dimensions of the Near East with professional skills for implementing successful interventions that enable groups, nations, and the region to embrace coexistence values. 

The Coexistence and Conflict program (COEX) at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management builds an understanding of the structural and psychosocial causes of conflict and violence from the local to the global.  Students develop the professional skills needed to design, facilitate, monitor and evaluate strategic interventions that prevent, mitigate or resolve violent conflicts.  Students also learn how to build partnerships delivering coexistence work through security, democracy, human rights, education and development.

The Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department (NEJS) at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences provides a deep understanding in the fields that it embraces: the study of the history, religion, languages, and literature of the Jewish people, Arabic and Islamic civilizations, early Christianity and the languages and culture of the Bible and the Ancient Near East. It is a requirement for students graduating from this joint program to master at least Hebrew or Arabic.

This joint program is designed for early and mid-career professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of the Near East and their coexistence skill set in order to develop or enhance a career within governments, international agencies, non-government peace organizations or related fields.

This intensive program is usually taken over a period of 21 months, or five consecutive semesters, including a COEX Practicum in a conflict area or with a peacebuilding organization, and concluding with a Master’s Paper and Capstone Presentation. A student entering with sufficient background in Hebrew or Arabic will be able to complete the program within approximately two years. Students will take at least 8 NEJS courses (including the NEJS pro-seminar and a culminating joint MA project and paper), 8 courses in COEX (including the 6 core courses, four of which are 4 credit and two of which are 2 credit courses), fulfill the NEJS language requirement, complete a three-month COEX practicum (either after the two years or during the intervening summer). For a full outline of the Curriculum please see "Joint Degree Curriculum" above.

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