Jewish Studies Minor
The Jewish Studies minor introduces students to the full range of the Jewish experience. Focusing on the breadth and depth of Jewish civilization, the minor illuminates the history, literature, values and religion of Judaism from its inception in Biblical times to today. Moreover, the Jewish Studies program places Judaism and Jewish civilization within its broader world context and examines its interaction with surrounding societies from antiquity to today.
This interdisciplinary minor draws on the resources of six different departments and is designed for students who want to deepen their knowledge of Jewish history, literature and religion in an organized, directed manor. Such knowledge may also lead to a fuller understanding of the inception and development of Christianity and Islam.
Students in the program may gain additional opportunities, such as study abroad, departmental internships, and work within the greater Jewish community. Finally, Jewish Studies students have gone on to pursue careers in journalism, education, fundraising, social work, counseling, Jewish organizational work and community leadership.
Students from throughout the university are welcome to undertake the minor, despite its course concentration in the College of Liberal Arts.
The Jewish Studies minor will be subject to revision and expansion in the future, as courses are evaluated by an advisory committee which will monitor the program. New courses, special topics or Minimester courses may be accepted for the minor, or counted toward it, with the approval of the advisory committee.
A minimum of 21 units is required for the minor in Jewish Studies.
|Required Courses (6 Units)|
|HIST 277||A SURVEY OF JEWISH HISTORY||3|
|ENGL 239||MODERN JEWISH LITERATURE||3|
|Electives (15 Units)|
|Select five of the following (four must be upper-level and no more than two courses may be taken in any discipline): 1||15|
|HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT|
|TOPICS IN MULTI-ETHNIC AMERICAN LITERATURE (when applicable to Jewish Studies)|
|FILM AND LITERATURE (when applicable to Jewish Studies)|
|HISTORY OF ANCIENT ISRAEL|
|THE HOLOCAUST IN HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE|
|HISTORICAL THEMES (when applicable to Jewish Studies)|
|Philosophy and Religious Studies|
|PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION|
|EXPLORING BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY|
|INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION|
|JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM|
|INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE RELIGION|
|SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY|
|TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY (The American Jewish Community, when offered)|
|ELEMENTS OF HEBREW I|
and ELEMENTS OF HEBREW II
|BIBLICAL HEBREW I|
|BIBLICAL HEBREW II|
Other courses related to Jewish Studies may be elected with the permission of the Jewish Studies adviser.