Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Academic Programs

Fall 2017: We are offering thirteen different courses featuring international Jewish culture, history, and society. Many of these courses fulfill General Education requirements and electives in diverse majors.

JS 151 | Natural Environment and Judaism with RTM 151F | Wilderness Survival

  •     K. Wilsey
  •     1 + 2 units
  •     Mo 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
  •     JS Course #14162 + RTM Course # 18478
  •     Redwood Hall 151

An examination of teachings on the natural environment found in Jewish literature and oral teachings, with an emphasis on values and practices related to respect for natural life and environmental conservation. Students who take this course must also take the RTM 151F section linked to it. Arranged wilderness trips are required.

 

JS 200 | Introduction to Judaism

  •    M. Paskow
  •    3 units
  •    TuTh 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
  •    Course #14513
  •    Jerome Richfield 201
  •    CORE COURSE FOR THE JEWISH STUDIES MINOR AND MAJOR

An examination of the historical development of Judaism’s fundamental religious concepts and practices in their cultural and international setting.

 

 JS/HIST 210 | History of the Jewish People

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 279
  •     JS Course # 14071 + HIST Course #13110

Study of the Jewish people from their beginnings in the ancient Near East to the establishment of the modern state of Israel. Cross-listed course.

 

JS 300 | Humanities in Jewish Society: Ancient and Medieval

  •     M. Paskow
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 11:00 - 12:15 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 201
  •     Course #13843
  •     CORE COURSE FOR THE JEWISH STUDIES MINOR; RELIGIOUS TRADITION FOR THE RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJOR

A study of ancient and medieval Jewish culture examining literature, art and architecture, law, music, philosophy and science.

 

JS 318 | Applied Jewish Ethics

  •     J. Thompson
  •     3 units
  •     Online
  •     Course #14542 

This class applies Jewish teachings to contemporary social problems. Students examine case studies involving immigration, food, the environment, and other topics, and engage in related hands-on experience in the community. Students learn to use social scientific methods to analyze and evaluate problems in social relations and human behavior.

 

JS 330 | Women in the Jewish Experience

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 330
  •     Course #14033
  •     FULFILLS THE ETHNIC STUDIES AND DIVERSITY ELECTIVE IN WOMEN'S STUDIES MAJOR

This class applies Jewish teachings to contemporary social problems. Students examine case studies involving immigration, food, the environment, and other topics, and engage in related hands-on experience in the community. Students learn to use social scientific methods to analyze and evaluate problems in social relations and human behavior.

 

JS 390cs | Service Learning in the Jewish Community

  •     T. Hatkoff
  •     3 units
  •     We 3:30 PM - 6:15 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 247
  •     Course #14572

Internship in Jewish schools, synagogues, social welfare, or political organizations. Faculty supervisor will assist students with placements. Fieldwork will be completed by academic study and written assignments. Instructor permission required - for more information, contact terry.hatkoff@csun.edu or call (818) 677-3007.

 

JS/HIST 546 | The Holocaust and Genocide for Educators

  •     B. Cohen
  •     3 units
  •     Tu 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 217
  •     JS course #19960 + HIST course #19964

An overview of the Holocaust and the concept of genocide, with a focus on the analysis and evaluation of varied resources for educators, including film, photographs, literature, art, music, documents, and other primary source materials.

*Fulfills the history or ethnic studies concentration for liberal studies teacher preparation

 

RS 101 | The Bible

  •     R. Talbott
  •     TuTh 8:00 - 9:15 AM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #15039

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     TuTh 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 267
  •     Course #14544

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     TuTh 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
  •     Juniper Hall 1121
  •     Course #13973

This course provides a survey of the content and major themes of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), New Testament, and Apocryphal writings.

 

RS 356 | Contemporary Religious Thought

  •     J. Myers
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #13990

This course examines recent personal writings and memoirs by people who reflect upon the changes they have made in their religious lives – specifically, how they became religious or spiritual, adopted religious practices, or lost faith.

 

RS 378 | American Jewish Experience

  •     J. Thompson
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 9:30AM- 10:45 AM
  •     Jerome Richfield 243
  •     Course #13991

This course describes the experience of the Jewish religio-ethnic community in America with reference to its own historical background and development, and the relationship of the community to the general American culture and to other particular subcultures or ethnic groups.

 

SOC 335 | Jewish Identity in the United States

  •     T. Hatkoff
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 225
  •     Course #12297

The study of Jewish communal and family structure in an international context as a function of religious requirements and social circumstances. 

 

HEB 101 | Elementary Hebrew and Conversation 1

  •     M. Rosenthal
  •     4 units
  •     TuTh 2:00 - 3:40 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 212
  •     Course #13882

Second semester of a beginning level Hebrew course focusing on basic vocabulary, grammar, reading and practice in the spoken language.