Jewish Young Adults are a fairly educated lot, devoting many years and many dollars in the pursuit of graduate degrees. They will voluntarily dedicate innumerable hours toward writing seminar papers, master’s theses, and doctoral proposals. While it is well known that JYAs have historically had a penchant for graduate degrees in law, medicine, and business, there has been an interesting trend over the recent years in a completely different direction: Middle Eastern History.
Maybe it is the fact that JYAs are quickly discovering that the world is saturated with MBAs, or maybe they are realizing that working ninety hours a week in corporate law is soul sucking, but history departments from UCLA to TAU are filling up with young Jews looking to explore their Semitic roots in an academic setting. JYA “Hannah” is currently enrolled at Brandeis and mentioned that “my parents said they would pay if I went to grad school, but med school is like seven years and business school is all that math ‘n stuff”.
Unfortunately, a Masters in Middle Eastern History has a slightly smaller range of real world application, as many JYAs find out when they finish and enter the working world. But thankfully, to counter this dilemma, there are always doctoral and post-doctoral programs in the field that offer scholarships, and if their aren’t scholarships, there are parents with deep pockets.