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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 Spring 2012
  • Required credits in this minor: 14
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 biblical studies, archaeology, ancient Judaism, Hebrew, Jewish history (including Holocaust studies), German-Jewish literature, and the American Jewish experience.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students must take a total of five JWST courses (at least 14 credits of 3xxx or above), including one course in antiquity (ancient /medieval) and one in the modern period. Courses must be taken A-F, with grades of C- or better and a 2.00 GPA. Up to 10 credits of biblical and/or modern Hebrew courses (3xxx or higher) may count toward the minor. If students wish to study a second language in addition to completing four semesters of study in one language, introductory courses (1xxx or 2xxx) in an additional language may count towards the minor if relevant to Jewish studies, and with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies. This provision applies to students who have studied modern Hebrew but wish to add biblical Hebrew, or vice versa.
Minor Courses
At least one course at 3xxx or above that covers any aspect of Jewish civilization since 1492.
Ancient and Medieval Foundations of Judaism
JWST 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics [WI] (3.0 cr)
JWST 3xxx-5xxx
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· JWST 3xxx
· JWST 4xxx
· JWST 5xxx
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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 3013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00552 - JwSt 3013W/JwSt 5013W/RelS 301
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Significance of religious law in Judaism. Babylonian background of biblical law. Biblical creation of the person as a legal category. Rabbinic transformations of biblical norms. Covenant in Christianity/Islam. Contemporary Jewish literature/philosophy.