Minor Requirements

Jewish Studies

Jewish studies involves a multi-disciplinary investigation of Jewish civilization in its many historical and geographical manifestations. The scope of the Jewish studies curriculum covers Jewish civilization from its ancient Near Eastern origins to its contemporary history and culture in Israel and the diaspora communities. This minor emphasizes various cross-cultural perspectives on, and multidisciplinary approaches to, the study of Jewish civilization. Majors in Jewish studies may not take this minor.

Course requirements:

The minor requires six courses, including three core courses, and three electives. Taken as a whole, the courses must represent at least three different fields, and may include no more than three courses from any one field. In addition, students are required to complete an exercise in the integration of knowledge acquired in the courses.

  • Core courses (three courses)—other core courses may be counted toward the elective requirement.
    • RELG 105. Hebrew Bible: The Torah and the Origins of Israel

    • RELG 106. Hebrew Bible: Kings, Prophets and the Literature of Israel

    • RELG 109. The Jewish Tradition

    • RELG 211. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

    • HIST 213. Modern Jewish History

  • Electives (three courses)—Participants in the minor may choose from any of the elective courses listed below. Students may petition the director to pursue elective study outside of this approved list. A one-credit internship may be counted as an elective.
    • CLCV 300. Archaeological Excavation

    • HEBR 101. Elementary Modern Hebrew I

    • HEBR 102. Elementary Modern Hebrew II

    • HEBR 201. Intermediate Modern Hebrew I

    • HEBR 202. Intermediate Modern Hebrew II

    • HEBR 301. Advanced Modern Hebrew I

    • HEBR 302. Advanced Modern Hebrew II

    • HIST 329. The Holocaust

    • HIST 384. Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe

    • JWST 206. Interests and Positions in the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    • JWST 219. Israeli Film and Visual Media

    • JWST 220. Modern Israeli Literature and Jewish Heritage

    • JWST 225. Modern Israeli Culture

    • JWST 399. Independent Study

    • RELG 103. Biblical Hebrew Language and Culture I

    • RELG 104. Biblical Hebrew Language and Culture II

    • RELG 209. Religion in the Contemporary Middle East

    • RELG 214. Jews in America

    • RELG 216. Literature and Legacy of Genesis

    • RELG 218. Judaism in the 20th Century

    • RELG 229. Short Story in the Hebrew Bible

    • RELG 307. Jewish Philosophy

    • RELG 308. Jewish Mysticism

    • RELG 311. Prophecy, Ecstasy and Religious Experience from Isaiah to the Dead Sea Scrolls

    • RELG 315. Apocalyptic Literature: From Daniel to Revelation

    • RELG 318. Women in the Hebrew Bible

  • Integration of knowledge—To demonstrate an integration of interdisciplinary work in the Jewish studies minor, students write a paper (after taking at least four courses towards the minor) that integrates the material learned from the several courses. The paper must be eight to 10 pages long and is to be submitted to the coordinator.