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Jewish Studies

College of Humanities
Dean: Nancy McDermid

Jewish Studies Program
HUM 416

Undergraduate Advisers: Felstiner, Krasny, Levy, Lunine, Rischin


Minor in Jewish Studies

Program Scope

The interdisciplinary Minor in Jewish Studies consists of four three-unit core courses and two three-unit elective courses selected on advisement from offerings by a variety of colleges of the university. The purpose of the interdisciplinary Jewish Studies Minor is to acquaint the student with the history, culture, contributions, and religion of the Jewish people as seen through the eyes of modern academic disciplines and with particular reference to contemporary issues and patterns. Students can use the Minor in Jewish Studies to complement their majors and, with advising, to fulfill General Education requirements.

Career Outlook

The Jewish Studies Minor will offer an excellent background for students interested in Judaism as the basis for scholarly or professional pursuits and for students interested in increasing the depth of their understanding of the history, culture, contributions, and religion of the Jewish people within the context of a major discipline.


Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).

Core Courses

JS 300		Introduction to Judaism					3
JS/HUM 310	Jewish Thought and Culture				3
JS 320/HIST 635 The Jewish Historical Experience			3
JS 330		Jews and Judaism in the Modern World			3

Elective Courses (choose two)						6
CINE 406	Jewish Identity in Film
HIST 317	The Holocaust and Genocide
HIST 464	American Ethnic and Racial Relations I: 1740-1890
HIST 465	American Ethnic and Racial Relations II: 1890-Present
PHIL 515	Semitic Religious Thought
WCL 420		Literature of the Holocaust [topic course]
WCL 445		Jewish Authors in Translation [topic course]
WOMS 560	Jewish Women

Total									18

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