Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Major

Map of the Holy LandThe courses are taught by CSUN professors and adjunct lecturers from the departments of English, History, Modern and Classical Languages, Religious Studies, and Sociology.

Students of all religions and ethnic backgrounds are welcome to enroll in individual Jewish Studies courses or to complete the B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies.

Upon completion of the Modern Jewish Studies major, students should be able to

  • describe the major events and cultural features of Jewish life in different international settings from 1600 to the present;
  • define and analyze significant Jewish religious beliefs, ethics, religious practices, philosophies, and cultural expressions;
  • describe the principal social contours of modern Jewish communities and families, and give examples of the complex and multifaceted forms of modern Jewish identity;
  • demonstrate an ability to speak, comprehend, and write Modern Hebrew at an elementary level.

Required Courses (34 units)

Introductory Course (3 units)

  • JS 200 Introduction to Judaism (3)*

    *This course may also be counted toward 3 units of the GE requirement in Arts and Humanities.

Language (4 units)

  • HEBR 102 Elementary Hebrew II (4)

Culture and Society (9 units)

Choose three of the following courses:

  • ENGL 371 Issues in Jewish-American Writing (3)

  • JS 318 Applied Jewish Ethics (3)

  • JS 330 Women in the Jewish Experience (3)

  • RS 378 American Jewish Experience (3)

  • SOC 306 Jewish Communal and Family Structure (3)

  • SOC 335 Jewish Identity in the U.S. (3)

History (9 units)

  • HIST 210/JS 210 History of the Jewish People (3)

  • HIST 356 Anti-Semitism in Europe (3)

  • HIST 357 History of the Holocaust (3)

  • HIST 406 The Jews in the Ancient World (3)

  • HIST 409/JS 409 History of the Jews in the Modern Era (3)

  • HIST 427/JS 427 Israel's History and Peoples (3)

  • HIST 486J/JS 486J History of the Jews in the United States (3)

Religion and Thought (9 units)

  • RS 375 Classic Judaic Texts (3)

  • RS 377 The Holocaust: Religious Responses (3)

  • RS 379 Zionism: Religious and Secular (3)

  • RS 476 Modern Jewish Thought (3)

Electives (9 units)

  • Choose from the Upper Division Courses listed above as well as the following:

  • HEBR 101 Elementary Hebrew I (4)

  • JS 151 Natural Environment in Judaism (1)

  • and RTM 151F Survival (2)

  • JS 300 Humanities in Jewish Society: Ancient and Medieval (3)

  • JS 390CS Service Learning in the Jewish Community (3)

  • JS 499C Independent Study (3)

  • RS 320 Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) (3)

General Education (48 units)

  • Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in the University Catalog.
  • Total Units in the Major: 43
  • General Education Units: 48
  • Additional Units: 29

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree — 120 units

The Jewish Studies Major Graduation Check Worksheet - .docx