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Jewish Studies Minor

Classical & Near Eastern Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits in this minor: 18 to 26
The Jewish studies minor allows students to develop an additional concentration in the academic study of Jewish culture and civilization throughout history. The minor, which recognizes the diversity and international aspect of the Jewish experience, reinforces any disciplinary specialization and contributes a comparative focus. Students choose from among the full range of JWST courses in Jewish history, Bible, Talmud, rabbinics, Jewish literature, and medieval and modern Jewish studies.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
The minor consists of a minimum of six courses in JWST or other departments approved by the DUS. Up to 10 credits of biblical and/or modern Hebrew courses (3xxx or above) may count toward the minor. Students who wish to take introductory courses (1xxx or 2xxx) of a second language, in addition to four semesters of coursework in a first foreign language may count up to 10 credits towards the Minor Course requirements, if relevant to Jewish Studies, and approved by the DUS. This applies to students who have studied modern Hebrew but wish to add biblical Hebrew, or vice versa. Students may earn a BA or a minor in Jewish studies, but not both.
Core 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)
Minor Courses
At least one course must be chosen from each of the following emphasis areas: (1) Jewish History and Culture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds; (2) Jewish History, Culture, Politics and Society in the Modern World. Up to 10 credits of Intermediate and Advanced Hebrew can count towards the minor.
Take 5 or more course(s) totaling 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
Jewish History & Culture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds Emphasis Area
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 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 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)
· 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)
· CNES 3202 - Prophecy in Ancient Israel (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3202 - Bible: Prophecy in Ancient Israel (3.0 cr)
· Jewish History, Culture, Politics and Society in the Modern World Emphasis Area
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)
· 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)
· 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)
· Intermediate and Advanced Hebrew
Take at most 10 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)
 
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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 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 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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