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Jewish Studies B.A.

CLA Dean's Office
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 28 to 48
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This broad, interdisciplinary field studies the civilization of the Jewish people from its beginning in biblical antiquity to the present. The diverse quality of Jewish civilization and the unifying forces of its religion and language offer ample material for the study of continuity, adaptation, and change. The undergraduate program offers courses in the Bible, Jewish history, Jewish literature, midrash, Jewish philosophy, medieval and modern Jewish studies, Talmud, and rabbinics. The program has links with the Departments of American Studies, Sociology, History, English, German, Music, and Political Science. The University's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies offers courses related to the Nazi Holocaust and its aftermath. Study abroad in Israel or Europe is encouraged as a valuable augment to the major; consult the Learning Abroad Center at (612) 626-9000 for more information.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of Hebrew. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
CLA B.A. degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language. CLA degrees require students to complete 48 credits of upper-division coursework taken at the 3xxx, 4xxx, or 5xxx level. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, this program is not held to the CLA requirement of 18 upper-division credits outside the major. A minimum of 13 upper-division credits must be completed on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus, or through sponsored study abroad programs. Students may earn a B.A. or a minor in Jewish studies, but not both. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Major Language Requirement
Beginning and Intermediate Hebrew
Take either the Modern or Biblical Hebrew 3-course language sequence for 14-15 credits. These courses, or equivalent with DUS/HLC approval, must be taken in sequential order. Students with prior knowledge may be exempt from taking some or all of these courses. See the Hebrew Language Coordinator for more information.
Take 0 - 3 course(s) totaling 0 - 15 credit(s) from the following:
Modern Hebrew
· HEBR 1001 - Beginning Hebrew I (5.0 cr)
HEBR 1002 - Beginning Hebrew II (5.0 cr)
HEBR 3011 - Intermediate Hebrew I (5.0 cr)
· or Biblical Hebrew
· HEBR 1101 - Beginning Biblical Hebrew I (5.0 cr)
HEBR 1102 - Beginning Biblical Hebrew II (5.0 cr)
HEBR 3101 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I (4.0 cr)
Intermediate and Advanced Hebrew
Students are required to complete at least one course in Biblical or Modern Hebrew at the 4th semester or beyond. Students with prior knowledge of Biblical or Modern Hebrew should consult the major program adviser for appropriate placement in each sequence. (Note: these courses require prior completion of prerequisite language courses or placement by the major program adviser upon demonstrated proficiency.)
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 - 5 credit(s) from the following:
· HEBR 3012 - Intermediate Hebrew II (5.0 cr)
· HEBR 3090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew (3.0 cr)
· HEBR 3102 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II (4.0 cr)
· HEBR 5090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew (3.0 cr)
Introductory Course
Take 1 of the following courses for 3 credits.
HIST 1534 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3534 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
Major Courses
Take 7 or more courses totaling 21 or more credits from the Major Courses course groups. Take a minimum of two courses from each Emphasis Area: (1) Jewish History & Culture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds; and (2) Jewish History, Culture, Politics and Society in the Modern World. Within each Emphasis Area, at least one of the two required courses must be from the Texts & Languages course group. The remaining three courses can be taken from any Major Courses course group.
Take 7 or more course(s) totaling 21 or more credit(s) from the following:
Jewish History & Culture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds Emphasis Area
Take at least one "Texts & Languages" course, and one additional course from either sub-group of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds Emphasis Area. Note: students who have completed the 4th semester, or beyond, of Modern Hebrew may count a maximum of two of the following courses toward this sub-requirement: HEBR 1101, 1102, 3101 or 3102.
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
Text & Languages
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CNES 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· CNES 3202 - Prophecy in Ancient Israel (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3202 - Bible: Prophecy in Ancient Israel (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3202 - Prophecy in Ancient Israel (3.0 cr)
· CNES 3204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
or CNES 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3204 - Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3204 - Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5204 - Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
· CNES 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible [AH] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible [AH] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible [AH] (3.0 cr)
· CNES 3504 - Ancient Jewish Culture and Identity (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3504 - Ancient Jewish Culture and Identity (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3504 - Ancient Jewish Culture and Identity (3.0 cr)
· JWST 3603 - Jews and Muslims in Medieval Iberia [AH] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3719 - Jews and Muslims in Medieval Iberia [AH] (3.0 cr)
or SPAN 3603 - Jews and Muslims in Medieval Iberia [AH] (3.0 cr)
· CNES 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism [WI] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism [WI] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism [WI] (3.0 cr)
· Additional Course
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· CNES 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile (3.0 cr)
or CNES 5502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3606 - Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3606 - Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3717 - Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3778 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3778 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3078 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· Jewish History, Culture, Politics and Society in the Modern World Emphasis Area
Take at least one "Texts & Languages" course, and one additional course from either sub-group of the Ancient and Modern World Emphasis Area. Note: students who have completed the 4th semester, or beyond, of Biblical Hebrew may count a maximum of two of the following courses toward this sub-requirement: HEBR 1001, 1002, 3011 or 3012.
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
Texts & Languages
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· HEBR 3090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew (3.0 cr)
· HEBR 5090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew (3.0 cr)
· JWST 3601 - Fleeing Hitler: German and Austrian Filmmakers Between Europe and Hollywood [AH] (3.0 cr)
· Additional Course
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· HEBR 3090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew (3.0 cr)
· HEBR 5090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3511 {Inactive} [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· JWST 3601 - Fleeing Hitler: German and Austrian Filmmakers Between Europe and Hollywood [AH] (3.0 cr)
· JWST 3900 - Topics: Jewish Studies (3.0 cr)
· POL 4867W - United States Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4878W - Israeli-Palestinian Situation [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 4315 - Never Again! Memory & Politics after Genocide [GP] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3729 - Nazi Germany and Hitler's Europe (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3729 - Nazi Germany and Hitler's Europe (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3727 - History of the Holocaust (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3727W - History of the Holocaust [WI] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3520 - History of the Holocaust (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3521W - History of the Holocaust [WI] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3520 - History of the Holocaust (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3521W - History of the Holocaust [WI] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3512 - History of Modern Israel/Palestine: Society, Culture, and Politics [GP] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3512 - History of Modern Israel/Palestine: Society, Culture, and Politics [GP] (3.0 cr)
Senior Project
Choose from JWST 4000W (4 credits) or JWST 4001W (1 credit, taken concurrently with an approved upper-division course in the major).
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling 1 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· JWST 4000W - Final Project, Writing Intensive [WI] (4.0 cr)
· JWST 4001W - Final Project, Writing Intensive [WI] (1.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· JWST 4000W - Final Project, Writing Intensive [WI] (4.0 cr)
· JWST 4001W - Final Project, Writing Intensive [WI] (1.0 cr)
 
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HEBR 1001 - Beginning Hebrew I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hebr 1001/4001
Typically offered: Every Fall
For beginners whose goal is biblical or post-biblical Jewish studies or modern Israeli Hebrew. Leads to speaking, listening comprehension, and reading and writing Hebrew. Emphasizes communication proficiency. Cultural materials are incorporated.
HEBR 1002 - Beginning Hebrew II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hebr 1002/4002
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Continuation of 1001. Leads to speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing Hebrew. Emphasizes communication proficiency. Cultural materials. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in [1001 or 4001] or instr consent
HEBR 3011 - Intermediate Hebrew I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01082 - Hebr 3011/Hebr 4011
Typically offered: Every Fall
Prepares students for CLA language requirement. Speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of modern Hebrew. Students read/discuss prose, poetry, news, and film. Important features of biblical/classical Hebrew. Taught primarily in Hebrew. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in [1002 or 4002] or instr consent
HEBR 1101 - Beginning Biblical Hebrew I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hebr 1104/4104
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Basic grammar/syntax preparatory to reading simple narrative texts in Bible. Multiple approaches to problems/issues in biblical scholarship.
HEBR 1102 - Beginning Biblical Hebrew II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00537
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Progression to more sophisticated reading of narrative, prophetic, and legal texts. Presentation/discussion of multiple approaches to problems/issues in biblical scholarship. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in [1101 or 4104] or instr consent
HEBR 3101 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01084 - HEBR 3101/HEBR 4106
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Text of Hebrew Bible. Basic research tools/commentaries. Close reading of narrative biblical texts. Reading fluency, methods of research in biblical studies. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in [1102 or 4105] or instr consent
HEBR 3012 - Intermediate Hebrew II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01083 - HEBR 3012/Hebr 4012
Typically offered: Every Spring
Extensive reading of simplified modern Hebrew prose selections. Students discuss poetry, newspaper, film, and TV in Hebrew. Israeli cultural experiences. Hone composition, listening comprehension, and speaking skills to prepare for proficiency exams. Biblical prose, simple poetic texts. Taught in Hebrew. Meets with 4012. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in in 3011 or instr consent
HEBR 3090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Preparation to read various kinds of authentic Hebrew texts and to develop higher levels of comprehension/speaking. Conducted entirely in Hebrew. Emphasizes Modern Israeli Hebrew. Introduction to earlier genres. Grammar, widening vocabulary. Contemporary short fiction, essays, articles on cultural topics, films, Hebrew Internet sites, TV. prereq: 3012 or instr consent
HEBR 3102 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01085 - HEBR 3102/HEBR 4107
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Text of Hebrew Bible, basic research tools and commentaries. Close reading of narrative biblical texts. Reading fluency, methods of research in biblical studies. Meets with 4107. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in 3101 or instr consent
HEBR 5090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Various authentic Hebrew texts. Comprehension/speaking. Conducted entirely in Hebrew. Emphasizes Modern Israeli Hebrew. Grammar, widening vocabulary. Contemporary short fiction, essays, articles on cultural topics, films, Hebrew Internet sites, TV. prereq: 3012 or instr consent
HIST 1534 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018 - Hist 1534/Hist 3534/JwSt 1034/
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
HIST 3534 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
JWST 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018 - Hist 1534/Hist 3534/JwSt 1034/
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
JWST 3034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
RELS 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
RELS 3034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
CNES 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01026 - CNES 1201/CNES 3201/RelA 3201
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the modern academic study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the historical context of literature from ancient Mesopotamia. Read Babylonian Epic of Creation, Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, Genesis, Exodus, Psalms. Stories of creation, law, epic conflict, and conquest. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required
JWST 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01026
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the modern academic study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the historical context of literature from ancient Mesopotamia. Read Babylonian Epic of Creation, Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, Genesis, Exodus, Psalms. Stories of creation, law, epic conflict, and conquest.
RELS 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01026
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the modern academic study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the historical context of literature from ancient Mesopotamia. Read Babylonian Epic of Creation, Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, Genesis, Exodus, Psalms. Stories of creation, law, epic conflict, and conquest.
CNES 3202 - Prophecy in Ancient Israel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01019
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Survey of Israelite prophets. Emphasizes Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Second Isaiah. Prophetic contributions to Israelite religion. Personality of prophets. Politics, prophetic reaction. Textual analysis, biblical scholarship. Prophecy viewed cross-culturally. prereq: 1201 or 3201 or RELS 1001
JWST 3202 - Bible: Prophecy in Ancient Israel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01019
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Survey of Israelite prophets. Emphasizes Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Second Isaiah. Prophetic contributions to Israelite religion. Personality of prophets. Politics, prophetic reaction. Textual analysis, biblical scholarship. Prophecy viewed cross-culturally. prereq: RelS 1001 or CNES 1201 or CNES 3201
RELS 3202 - Prophecy in Ancient Israel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01019 - CNES 3202/JwSt 3202/RelS 3202
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Survey of Israelite prophets. Emphasizes Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Second Isaiah. Prophetic contributions to Israelite religion. Personality of prophets. Politics, prophetic reaction. Textual analysis, Biblical scholarship. Prophecy viewed cross-culturally. prereq: 1001 or CNES 1201 or CNES 3201
CNES 3204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for understanding development of the Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran.
CNES 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for understanding development of the Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran.
JWST 3204 - Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for understanding development of the Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran.
RELS 3204 - Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for development of Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran.
RELS 5204 - Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for development of Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran.
CNES 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02157 - CNES 3205/JwSt 3205/RelS 3205
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
How men, woman, gender, sexuality is portrayed in Hebrew Bible. Social/religious roles/status of women in ancient Israel. Reading biblical texts from academic point of view.
JWST 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02157 - CNES 3205/JwSt 3205/RelS 3205
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
How men, women, gender, sexuality is portrayed in Hebrew Bible. Social/religious roles/status of women in ancient Israel. Read biblical texts from academic point of view.
RELS 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02157 - CNES 3205/JwSt 3205/RelS 3205
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
How men, women, gender, sexuality is portrayed in Hebrew Bible. Social/religious roles/status of women in ancient Israel. Read biblical texts from academic point of view.
CNES 3504 - Ancient Jewish Culture and Identity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02305
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Ancient Judaism from the Persian restoration (520 BCE) to Roman times (second century CE). Religious, cultural, and historical developments are examined to understand Jewish life, work, and worship under a succession of foreign empires: Persian, Greek, and Roman.
JWST 3504 - Ancient Jewish Culture and Identity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02305
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Ancient Judaism from the Persian restoration (520 BCE) to Roman times (second century CE). Religious, cultural, and historical developments are examined to understand Jewish life, work, and worship under a succession of foreign empires: Persian, Greek, and Roman.
RELS 3504 - Ancient Jewish Culture and Identity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02305
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Ancient Judaism from the Persian restoration (520 BCE) to Roman times (second century CE). Religious, cultural, and historical developments are examined to understand Jewish life, work, and worship under a succession of foreign empires: Persian, Greek, and Roman.
JWST 3603 - Jews and Muslims in Medieval Iberia (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02139
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Cultural production of Sephardic Jews/Andalusi Muslims. Andalusi poetry. Fiction of alSaraqusti, Judah alHarizi, uan Ruiz. Treatises of Averroes/Maimonides. How cultural assimilation in medieval alAndalus complicates notions of identity, subalternity, postcoloniality. How literary, historical, philosophical, theological works of major Jewish/Muslim thinkers survived among later Spanish Christian intellectuals.
RELS 3719 - Jews and Muslims in Medieval Iberia (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02139
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Cultural production of Sephardic Jews/Andalusi Muslims. Andalusi poetry. Fiction of alSaraqusti, Judah alHarizi/Juan Ruiz. Treatises of Averroes/Maimonides. How cultural assimilation in medieval alAndalus complicates notions of identity, subalternity, postcoloniality. How literary, historical, philosophical, theological works of major Jewish/Muslim thinkers survived among later Spanish Christian intellectuals.
SPAN 3603 - Jews and Muslims in Medieval Iberia (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02139
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Cultural production of Sephardic Jews and Andalusi Muslims. Andalusi poetry. Fiction of al-Saraqusti, Judah al-Harizi and Juan Ruiz. Treatises of Averroes and Maimonides. How cultural assimilation in medieval al-Andalus complicates notions of identity, subalterity, and postcoloniality. How literary, historical, philosophical, and theological works of major Jewish/Muslim thinkers survived among later Spanish Christian intellectuals.
CNES 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02067
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Idea of divine revelation. Impact upon religion/literature. How history of Bible's creation, transmission, interpretation helps us think critically about role of revelation in history of religious traditions. prereq: At least one upper level course (3xxx or higher) in academic biblical or religious studies
JWST 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02067
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Idea of divine revelation. Impact on religion/literature. How history of Bible's creation, transmission, interpretation help us think critically about role of revelation in religious traditions. prereq: At least one upper level course (3xxx or higher) in academic biblical or religious studies
RELS 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02067
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Idea of divine revelation. Impact on religion/literature. How history of Bible's creation, transmission, interpretation helps us think critically about role of idea of revelation in history of religious traditions. prereq: At least one upper level course (3xxx or higher) in academic biblical or religious studies
CNES 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00294 - CNES 3502/CNES 5502/ Hist 3502
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Israelite history in context of what is known from Egyptian, Canaanite, Mesopotamian sources.Issues raised by archaeological data related to Israelite conquest of Canaan.
CNES 5502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00294
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Israelite history in context of what is known from Egyptian, Canaanite, and Mesopotamian sources. Focuses on issues raised by archaeological data related to Israelite conquest of Canaan. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required; 5501 recommended
JWST 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00294
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Israelite history in context of what is known from Egyptian, Canaanite, and Mesopotamian sources. Focuses on issues raised by archaeological data related to Israelite conquest of Canaan. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required, 3501 recommended
RELS 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00294
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Israelite history in context of what is known from Egyptian, Canaanite, Mesopotamian sources. Focuses on issues raised by archaeological data related to Israelite conquest of Canaan. prereq: Hebrew not required; 3501 recommended
HIST 3606 - Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01964 - Hist 3606/JwSt 3606/RelS 3717
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Violent dimensions of these relations: Muslim/Christian expansion, jihad/crusade, anti-Jewish violence/persecution. Peaceful dimensions: trade, intellectual exchange, religious dialogue.
JWST 3606 - Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01964
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Muslim/Christian expansion, jihad/crusade, anti-Jewish violence/persecution. Trade, intellectual exchange, religious dialogue.
RELS 3717 - Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01964
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Muslim/Christian expansion, jihad/crusade, anti-Jewish violence/persecution. Trade, intellectual exchange, religious dialogue.
HEBR 3090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Preparation to read various kinds of authentic Hebrew texts and to develop higher levels of comprehension/speaking. Conducted entirely in Hebrew. Emphasizes Modern Israeli Hebrew. Introduction to earlier genres. Grammar, widening vocabulary. Contemporary short fiction, essays, articles on cultural topics, films, Hebrew Internet sites, TV. prereq: 3012 or instr consent
HEBR 5090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Various authentic Hebrew texts. Comprehension/speaking. Conducted entirely in Hebrew. Emphasizes Modern Israeli Hebrew. Grammar, widening vocabulary. Contemporary short fiction, essays, articles on cultural topics, films, Hebrew Internet sites, TV. prereq: 3012 or instr consent
JWST 3601 - Fleeing Hitler: German and Austrian Filmmakers Between Europe and Hollywood (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01280
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
German/American films by famous directors who left Europe in Nazi period. Analysis of films by Fritz Lang, Max Ophuls, Robert Siodmak, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Douglas Sirk, and others. Films as art works and as cultural products of particular social, political, and historical moments.
HEBR 3090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Preparation to read various kinds of authentic Hebrew texts and to develop higher levels of comprehension/speaking. Conducted entirely in Hebrew. Emphasizes Modern Israeli Hebrew. Introduction to earlier genres. Grammar, widening vocabulary. Contemporary short fiction, essays, articles on cultural topics, films, Hebrew Internet sites, TV. prereq: 3012 or instr consent
HEBR 5090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Various authentic Hebrew texts. Comprehension/speaking. Conducted entirely in Hebrew. Emphasizes Modern Israeli Hebrew. Grammar, widening vocabulary. Contemporary short fiction, essays, articles on cultural topics, films, Hebrew Internet sites, TV. prereq: 3012 or instr consent
JWST 3601 - Fleeing Hitler: German and Austrian Filmmakers Between Europe and Hollywood (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01280
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
German/American films by famous directors who left Europe in Nazi period. Analysis of films by Fritz Lang, Max Ophuls, Robert Siodmak, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Douglas Sirk, and others. Films as art works and as cultural products of particular social, political, and historical moments.
JWST 3900 - Topics: Jewish Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 15.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical, religious, sociological, anthropological, and humanistic study of Judaism and the Jewish people. Approach, method of study vary with topic.
POL 4867W - United States Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East (GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
U.S. foreign policy toward Israeli-Palestinian issue in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, etc. Mideast polities, debates, actions. Rationales for U.S. engagement with region. Readings of Middle East authors. prereq: Jr or sr
POL 4878W - Israeli-Palestinian Situation (GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02163
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Situation as clash of two communities. History, politics, respective narratives of each community. Divisions within each community that are consequential for reconciliation. Examples of reconciliation literature from both communities.
SOC 4315 - Never Again! Memory & Politics after Genocide (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02325
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Course focuses on the social repercussions and political consequences of large-scale political violence, such as genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Students learn how communities and states balance the demands for justice and memory with the need for peace and reconciliation and addresses cases from around the globe and different historical settings. prereq: SOC 1001 or 1011V recommended, A-F required for Majors/Minors.
HIST 3729 - Nazi Germany and Hitler's Europe
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02182
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Comprehensive exploration of Third Reich. Students will examine How the Nazis came to power, transformations of 1930s, imposition of racial politics against Jews/others, nature of total war. Students read historical accounts, memoirs, state documents, view films.
JWST 3729 - Nazi Germany and Hitler's Europe
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02182 - Hist 3729/JwSt 3729
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Comprehensive exploration of Third Reich. How Nazis came to power, transformations of 1930s, imposition of racial politics against Jews/others, nature of total war. Historical accounts, memoirs, state documents, view films.
HIST 3727 - History of the Holocaust
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00352
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of 1933-1945 extermination of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany on basis of race. European anti-Semitism. Implications of social Darwinism and race theory. Perpetrators, victims, onlookers, resistance. Theological responses of Jews and Christians.
HIST 3727W - History of the Holocaust (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00352 - Hist 3727W/Hist 3727W/JwSt 352
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of 1933-1945 extermination of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany on basis of race. European anti-Semitism. Implications of social Darwinism and race theory. Perpetrators, victims, onlookers, resistance. Theological responses of Jews and Christians.
JWST 3520 - History of the Holocaust
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00352
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of 1933-1945 extermination of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany on basis of race. European anti-Semitism. Implications of social Darwinism and race theory. Perpetrators, victims, onlookers, resistance. Theological responses of Jews and Christians.
JWST 3521W - History of the Holocaust (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 3727W/JwSt 3521W/RelS 352
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of the 1933-1945 extermination of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany on the basis of race. European anti-Semitism, implications of social Darwinism and race theory, perpetrators, victims, onlookers, resistance, and theological responses of Jews and Christians.
RELS 3520 - History of the Holocaust
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00352
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of 1933-1945 extermination of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany on basis of race. European anti-Semitism. Implications of social Darwinism and race theory. Perpetrators, victims, onlookers, resistance. Theological responses of Jews and Christians.
RELS 3521W - History of the Holocaust (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00352
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of the 1933-1945 extermination of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany on the basis of race. European anti-Semitism, implications of social Darwinism and race theory, perpetrators, victims, onlookers, resistance, and theological responses of Jews and Christians.
HIST 3512 - History of Modern Israel/Palestine: Society, Culture, and Politics (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01854
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
History of Zionism/Israel. Arab-Jewish conflict, tensions between religious/secular Jews. Relationships between Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, Russian, Ethiopian, Arab citizens. Israeli cultural imagery. Newsreels, political posters, television shows, films, popular music.
JWST 3512 - History of Modern Israel/Palestine: Society, Culture, and Politics (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01854
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
History of Zionism/Israel. Arab-Jewish conflict, tensions between religious/Jews. Relationships between Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, Russian, Ethiopian, Arab citizens. Israeli cultural imagery. Newsreels, political posters, television shows, films, popular music.
JWST 4000W - Final Project, Writing Intensive (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Independent research/writing under supervision of a faculty sponsor. A student may approach any JwSt faculty member to develop a program of independent research/writing in an area of student's choosing. prereq: JwSt major, permission of dir of undergrad studies
JWST 4001W - Final Project, Writing Intensive (WI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Independent research and writing, under supervision of a faculty sponsor. Student makes a contract with instructor to write an in-depth research paper, or comparable project, to be completed in conjunction with a JwSt 5xxx course. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 5xxx, JwSt major, permission of dir of undergrad studies
JWST 4000W - Final Project, Writing Intensive (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Independent research/writing under supervision of a faculty sponsor. A student may approach any JwSt faculty member to develop a program of independent research/writing in an area of student's choosing. prereq: JwSt major, permission of dir of undergrad studies
JWST 4001W - Final Project, Writing Intensive (WI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Independent research and writing, under supervision of a faculty sponsor. Student makes a contract with instructor to write an in-depth research paper, or comparable project, to be completed in conjunction with a JwSt 5xxx course. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 5xxx, JwSt major, permission of dir of undergrad studies