Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Fall 2019 Classes

 

JS 200  Jewish Religion and Culture

  •    M. Paskow
  •    3 units
  •    Online course
  •    Course #14697
  •    Core course for the Jewish Studies Minor and MJS Major
  •    GE Arts and Humanities

This class explores Jewish religious concepts and practices, as well as Jewish culture in international contexts from the ancient period to the present.  

 

JS/HIST 210 | History of the Jewish People

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  •     Jerome Richfield 214
  •     JS Course 14204 + HIST Course #13239
  •     GE Comparative Cultures

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 318 | Applied Jewish Ethics

  •     J. Thompson
  •     3 units
  •     Online course
  •     Course #14812
  •     GE Social Sciences

Learn Jewish ethical teachings and apply them to contemporary social problems with the help of social scientific methods and theory.

 

JS 330 | Women in the Jewish Experience   

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 117
  •     Course #14221
  •     Fulfills the Ethnic Studies and Diversity elective in the GWS major
  •    GE Comparative Cultures
This course examines the social, cultural, and religious lives of women in Jewish communities from antiquity to present. The course perspective is international, with significant focus on Mediterranean, West Asian, and American Jewish societies.

JS 390cs | Nonprofit Internship in the Jewish Community

  •     T. Hatkoff
  •     3 units
  •     We 3:30 PM - 6:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 312
  •     Course #14756
  •     GE Lifelong Learning

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.

 

RS 356 | Contemporary Religious Thought

  •     J. Myers
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 390
  •     Course #14178
  •     GE Arts and Humanities 

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 101 | The Bible

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #14161

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #14728
  •     GE Arts and Humanities

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

 

RS 378 | American Jewish Experience

  •     J. Thompson
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 12:30 PM- 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #14179
  •     GE Comparative Cultures

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.

 

JS/SOC 306 | Sociology of Jewish Families and Communities

  •     J. Thompson
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  •     Extended University Commons 103
  •     Course #20720 or 20721
  •     GE Comparative Studies.

This course uses the perspectives and tools of sociology to explore how different cultural and social structures affect Jewish families and communities throughout the Jewish diaspora.

HEB 101 | Elementary Hebrew and Conversation 1

  •     M. Rosenthal
  •     4 units
  •     TuTh 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 221
  •     Course #14070
  •     GE Comparative Cultures

Learn the fundamentals of Hebrew, including grammatical structure, reading, and practice in the spoken language.

 

Completing Your General Education Requirements and Bachelor's Degree

You can complete your 9-unit upper-division General Education requirement with Jewish Studies courses. Many Jewish Studies courses fulfill General Education requirements! Students may complete the Jewish Studies Minor (21 units) using 15 units to double-count for General Education requirements. Students may complete the B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies (43 units) using 12 units to double-count for GE requirements. Contact the Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program Director to tailor a plan of study that meets your specific needs.

Social Sciences
JS 318

Lifelong Learning
JS 390cs

Arts & Humanities
JS 200, JS 300, RS 101, RS 310, RS 356

Comparative Cultural Studies
HEBR 101, HEBR 102, JS/HIST 210, JS 330, JS/SOC 306, JS/SOC 335, RS 378, and ENGL 371


Tseng College of Extended Learning
Any adult in the community may enroll in University courses without being formally admitted to the university. To learn more, call (818) 677-2504 to speak to the Tseng College Admissions & Records staff about the Open University program.