Jewish Studies, Minor

The Jewish studies minor provides an excellent broad-based introduction to the history, religion, and cultures of the Jewish people while also offering a unique opportunity to bring students’ major fields of study to bear on Jewish studies topics. In our innovative 1-credit capstone Jewish studies module, minors integrate their work in Jewish studies into their major field—for example, bringing together Jewish studies and psychology through a service-learning project with Gateways, a nonprofit that offers Jewish educational resources for children with special needs, or combining Jewish studies and history through a research project on the role of Jewish women in the women’s health movement.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Required Courses

PHIL 1285Jewish Religion and Culture4
or JWSS 1285 Jewish Religion and Culture
JWSS 4660Jewish Studies Module1

Elective Courses

Complete four courses from the following lists. A maximum of two courses may be taken from the Jewish-studies-related course list:16
Jewish Studies Courses
Jewish Film and Fiction
Jewish Film and Fiction
Israeli and Palestinian Film
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Elementary Hebrew 1
Elementary Hebrew 2
Intermediate Hebrew 1
Jerusalem: Space and Image
Strangers in a Strange Land? European Jewish History 1750–1945
Strangers in a Strange Land? European Jewish History 1750–1945
The Holocaust and Comparative Genocide
America and the Holocaust
America and the Holocaust
Race, Religion, Ethnicity: The Example of Jewishness
Race, Religion, Ethnicity: The Example of Jewishness
Immigration and Identity in the American Jewish Experience
Immigration and Identity in the American Jewish Experience
Modern Israel
Jews and American Popular Culture
Zionism and the Challenges of Jewish Statehood
Topics in Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies Module
Directed Study
Music of the Jewish People
American Judaism
Modern Judaism
The Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism from the Zohar to Madonna
Exploring the Jewish Diaspora—From Mountain Jews to Crypto-Jews
Exploring the Jewish Diaspora—From Mountain Jews to Crypto-Jews
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
History of Jewish Rationalism
Responses to the Holocaust
Religion, Nation, and Identity in Modern Jewish Thought
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Sex and Gender in the Jewish Experience
Sex and Gender in the Jewish Experience
Jewish-Studies-Related Courses
Hitler, Germany, and the Holocaust
Covering Conflicts: Peace, War, and the Media
Religion and Politics
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Understanding the Bible
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Mysticism
Sociology of Prejudice and Violence
Race and Ethnic Relations

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor