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Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies is a field of study that examines Jewish culture, thought, and history in various settings and socio-political interactions. Courses that fulfill the minor requirements draw on the interests and expertise of faculty across from divergent fields: from history to English, from religious studies to American studies, from political science to Latin American, Latino, and Iberian studies, theatre and art history. Some courses are focused on Jews and Judaism in particular times and places, while other courses approach Jewish society, thought, texts, and beliefs comparatively.

Jewish Studies courses are open to all students. Many courses do not require prior knowledge (those that do will have prerequisites attached), so students are free to explore the diverse offerings in the program.

The Jewish Studies Minor

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.0 with no course grade below C- (1.7).

5 units from approved JWST courses, including:

     at least one unit from each of the following groups: A, B, C

     selected from at least two different departments

A maximum of 2 units may be taken at another accredited institution or through an approved study abroad program, with the JWST advisor’s approval. No more than .5 units shall be awarded for internship credit. No more than 1 100-level course shall count toward the minor.

Prerequisites do not count toward the minor unless otherwise noted.

Group A: Identity and Representation

ARTH 310 Late Antique and Early Christian Art*
CLSC 207 Greek Magic*
ENGL 299 Immigrant Literature*
FYS 100 Greek Myth and Cult*
FYS 100 Is It Possible for Jews and Christians to Enter Into Meaningful Dialogue?*
FYS 100 What’s So Funny?* 
HIST 233 Reformation Europe*
HIST 306 American Identities*
LAIS 421 Christians, Jews and Muslims from Frontier to Empire:  Medieval Spain
LLC 360 Representing the Holocaust
PLSC 346 Politics of Cultural Pluralism
RELG 240 Lost Christianities
THTR 119 Broadway Musical Theatre*

Group B: Text and Practice

ENGL 217 The Bible and Literature
RELG 201 The Bible as Literature
RELG 230 The History of Israel
RELG 241 Introduction to the New Testament
RELG 242 Jesus in Myth, Tradition, and History
RELG 331 The Hebrew Prophets

Group C: Culture and History

CLSC 210 A History of Early Medicine*
CLSC 321 Archaeology of the Middle East*
FYS 100 From the Window of the St. James Hotel: The Songs of Bob Dylan*
GERM 472 Culture Wars and Identity Debates in German Society from Empire to EU
HIST 216 American Cultural and Intellectual History Since 1865*
HIST 249 Cold War Europe, 1945-1991
HIST 271 The Modern Middle East
HIST 391 Transnational Social Reform*
LLC 335 Bolsheviks, Bombs and Ballet: Soviet Culture and Civilization*
RELG 393 God is Dead*
Courses with an * may apply toward the minor when approved by the Jewish Studies coordinator.