Jewish Studies

College of Humanities
Dean: Nancy McDermid

Jewish Studies Program
HUM 416
Director: Laurie Zoloth-Dorfman

Undergraduate Advisers: Astren, Felstiner, Keroes, Levy, Lunine


Associate Professors--Astren, Zoloth-Dorfman


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.

Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree with a focus on Jewish Studies may be able to do so by developing a Special Major through either the Office of Undergraduate Studies or the Graduate Division.

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
JS 101	First Semester Modern Hebrew
JS 311	Facing Each Other: Blacks and 
Jews in the Popular Media
JS 370	The Hebrew Bible
JS 410	Spirituality and Jewish Tradition
JS 412	Postmodernism and Jewish 
JS 436	Introduction to Israeli Literature
JS 440	Anti-semitism, Misogyny, and 
Racism: The Interconnection
Between Oppressions
JS 501	Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
JS 546	Twentieth Century American 
Jewish Writers
JS 550	Good and Evil: Jewish Ethics and 
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/WCL 515	Semitic Religious Thought
WCL 420	Literature of the Holocaust 
[topic course]
WCL 445	Jewish Authors in Translation 
[topic course]
WCL 445	Modern Jewish Literature
[topic course]
WOMS560	Jewish Women
Total		18

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