Jewish Studies and Religion, BA

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

Jewish Studies Requirements

Required Course
PHIL 1285Jewish Religion and Culture4
or JWSS 1285 Jewish Religion and Culture
Jewish Religion and Thought
Complete one course from list A or list B.4
Note: If you complete one course from list B, you will be required to complete one fewer course to satisfy the religious studies electives requirement.
List A
Zionism and the Challenges of Jewish Statehood
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
Responses to the Holocaust
List B
American Judaism
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
Religion, Nation, and Identity in Modern Jewish Thought
History of Jewish Rationalism
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Jewish History
Complete two of the following:8
The Holocaust and Comparative Genocide
Jerusalem: Space and Image
Strangers in a Strange Land? European Jewish History 1750–1945
Strangers in a Strange Land? European Jewish History 1750–1945
Hitler, Germany, and the Holocaust
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
Jewish Art and Culture
Complete one of the following:4
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
Sex and Gender in the Jewish Experience
Sex and Gender in the Jewish Experience
Jews and American Popular Culture
Music of the Jewish People
Jewish Studies Electives
Complete three of the following:12
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
The Holocaust and Comparative Genocide
Jerusalem: Space and Image
Strangers in a Strange Land? European Jewish History 1750–1945
Strangers in a Strange Land? European Jewish History 1750–1945
Hitler, Germany, and the Holocaust
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
Directed Study
Music of the Jewish People
Understanding the Bible
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
American Judaism
Modern Judaism
Mysticism
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
Responses to the Holocaust
History of Jewish Rationalism
Religion, Nation, and Identity in Modern Jewish Thought
Advanced Biblical Studies: Hebrew Bible
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Religion and Politics
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Sociology of Prejudice and Violence
Sociology of Violence
Race and Ethnic Relations
Sex and Gender in the Jewish Experience
Sex and Gender in the Jewish Experience

Religion Requirements

Required Course
PHIL 1120Understanding the Bible4
Religion
Complete two of the following:8
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Comparative Religions
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to World Religions
Sound, Music, and Religion
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Mysticism
Medieval Western Philosophy
Philosophy or Religion Seminar
Complete one of the following:4
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Topics in Philosophy Seminar
Great Philosophers Seminar
Global Justice
Seminar in Religion
Religious Studies Electives
Complete four of the following:16
Introduction to Religion
Introduction to World Religions
Ethics: East and West
Understanding the Bible
The Meaning of Death
Sound, Music, and Religion
Image and Icon in South Asia
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Jainism
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Indian Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Jewish Religion and Culture
Jewish Religion and Culture
American Judaism
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Religious Perspectives on Health and Healing
Mysticism
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
Responses to the Holocaust
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Religion and Culture in Indian Cinema
Medieval Western Philosophy
History of Jewish Rationalism
Religion, Nation, and Identity in Modern Jewish Thought
Cults and Sects
Asian Religions in the United States
Ramayana
Religion and Spirituality in the African Diaspora
Philosophy of Religion
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Advanced Biblical Studies: Hebrew Bible
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Topics in Philosophy Seminar
Great Philosophers Seminar
Seminar in Religion
Major Figures in Religious Studies
Topics in Religious Studies
Research
Internship

Integrative Requirements

Note: This course may also count as a religion seminar or as a Jewish history course.
Complete one of the following:4
Strangers in a Strange Land? European Jewish History 1750–1945
Strangers in a Strange Land? European Jewish History 1750–1945
Immigration and Identity in the American Jewish Experience
Immigration and Identity in the American Jewish Experience
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Hebrew Language Introduction
Complete two courses in Hebrew. These courses also count toward the BA language requirement.8

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 11114HIST 12824Vacation0Vacation0
Elective4Foreign language core course4  
PHIL 1285 or JWSS 12854Elective4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHIL 23144HBRW 11024Vacation0Co-op0
PHIL 12754Religious studies elective4  
HBRW 11014Foreign language core course4  
Religious studies elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0HIST 12944Elective4Co-op0
 ENGW 33154Elective4 
 Jewish studies elective4  
 HIST 22804  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0MUSC 11324Elective4Co-op0
 Jewish studies elective4Elective4 
 Religious studies elective4  
 PHIL 23004  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Jewish studies elective4  
 PHIL 43904  
 Religious studies elective4  
 Religion seminar4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 128

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 11114PHIL 11504Vacation0Vacation0
Elective4HIST 12824  
PHIL 1285 or JWSS 12854Elective4  
Foreign language core course4Religious studies elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HBRW 11014Co-op0Co-op0Foreign language core course4
PHIL 12754  Elective4
PHIL 23004   
PHIL 23144   
 16 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 33154Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
HBRW 11024  Elective4
Religious studies elective4   
Foreign language core course4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Jewish studies elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
Jewish studies elective4   
Religious studies elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Jewish studies elective4HIST 12944  
Religious studies elective4HIST 22804  
Religious seminar4MUSC 11324  
Elective4PHIL 12804  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 128