Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies is an interdepartmental program that allows students to study the Jewish experience from several different perspectives. Course offerings range over diverse aspects of the Jewish experience: language (Hebrew and Yiddish), literature in translation and in the original language, the history and culture of the Jewish people from biblical Israel to 20th-century America and modern Israel, the exploration of Jewish law and the role of women and feminism in contemporary Judaism. These courses apply a variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of Jewish civilization with many different foci. The goal of the major is the acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate these perspectives and varieties of knowledge in order to understand the Jewish experience.
In addition to the major and minor within the Jewish Studies Program, students may pursue
 • The Jewish History concentration within the History Department,
 • The Hebraica/Judaica concentration within the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and
 • The Judaism concentration within the Department of Religious Studies.
Latin American and Latino Studies
Penn’s program in Latin American and Latino studies gives students access to scholarly research on Latin American and Latino cultures in all their diversity of expression—not only “high culture” but also folk and other forms, from pre-Columbian times to the present, from Rio de Janeiro to New York and beyond. The program is not limited by geography or specific periodization: Ibero-America is taken as a focal point from which students approach research on the pre-Columbian societies of the Americas, Spain and Portugal, the non-Hispanic Caribbean and Latino communities in the United States. The Latin American and Latino studies major is an interdisciplinary major, in which a student’s credits are spread across three course clusters: social science, cultural criticism and history.
The major in linguistics is intended to acquaint students with the methods and findings of the scientific study of human language and its relationships to cognition, society and history. It serves as a preparation for graduate training in linguistics or related areas, and as part of a rigorous general education. Linguistic training is relevant to work in anthropology, philosophy, psychology, and language and literature, as well as to careers in such fields as education, computer science and law.
Logic, Information and Computation
The Logic, Information and Computation Program offers students the opportunity to engage in a systematic, integrative program of study within the School of Arts and Sciences. Logic is one of the core disciplines in investigations of information and computation. Indeed, logic is playing a major role in advances in computer security, database technology, networking and software engineering. Moreover, logic has expanded its role within mathematics beyond foundational studies and now enjoys rich connections with areas as diverse as algebra, analysis and combinatorics. In light of the current importance of the investigation of computation and information from a scientific, as well as from a technological point of view, the major and minor provide students with a strong background to pursue computational aspects of the natural, biological and social sciences, as well as preparing them for careers in information technology.
Mathematics is at the core of modern theoretical science. For centuries, it has provided an expressive language as well as a theoretical framework for advances in the physical sciences, and it has more recently become central in the life and social sciences. Most recently, computer science has provided fertile ground for the development of new mathematical ideas and techniques. Mathematics at Penn is a lively, wide-ranging discipline taught in a highly ranked department by