Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Minor

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The minor in Jewish Studies offers courses in the culture and history of the Jewish people. The approach is interdisciplinary and examines Jewish literature, art, religious thought, history, and social attitudes and behavior. Many courses in the program satisfy General Education requirements or may be used as electives in several majors.

Judaism (3 units)

  • JS 200 Jewish Religion and Culture (3)

Ancient and Medieval Era (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

  • HIST 406 Jews in the Ancient World (3)
  • JS 300 Ancient and Medieval Jewish Arts and Literature (3)
  • RS 320 Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) (3)
  • RS 375 Classical Judaic Texts (3)

Modern Period (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

  • HIST/JS 409 History of the Jews in the Modern Era (3)
  • HIST/JS 427 Israel's History and Peoples (3)
  • RS 476 Modern Jewish Thought (3)

American Jewish Life (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

  • ENG 371 Issues in Jewish-American Writing (3)
  • HIST/JS 486J History of the Jews in the United States (3)
  • RS 378 The American Jewish Experience (3)
  • JS/SOC 335 Jewish Identity in the United States (3)

Electives — (6-7 units with no more than 4 units of 100-200 level courses)

Select one course from the following:

  • HEBR 102 Elementary Hebrew II — (4)
  • HIST/JS 210 History of the Jewish People (3)
  • JS 151 Natural Environment in Judaism (1) and RTM 151F Survival (2) (linked course)
  • RS 101 The Bible (3)
  • HIST 356 Anti-Semitism in Europe (3)
  • JS 318 Applied Jewish Ethics (3)
  • JS 330 Women in the Jewish Experience (3)
  • JS 390cs Nonprofit Internship in the Jewish Community (3)
  • JS 499C Independent Study (3)
  • RS 377 The Holocaust: Religious Responses (3)
  • RS 379 Zionism: Religious and Secular (3)
  • JS/SOC 306 Jewish Communal and Family Structure (3)

Total Units in the Minor — 18-19

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