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Jewish Studies Program

The Jewish studies program examines Jews and Judaism from the perspective of different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, such as history, religious studies, language and linguistics, literature, theology, political science, and anthropology. This interdisciplinary approach has two objectives: first, to train students in understanding various aspects of Jews and Judaism; and second, to expose students to the serious investigation of topics with different disciplines and methodologies. The program offers a unique opportunity to pursue a high-quality liberal arts education while providing an excellent foundation for students who would like to pursue Jewish studies in graduate school, enroll in a rabbinical program, or work in Jewish organizations and communities. Students who major in Jewish studies will take nine courses and also will gain advanced language proficiency in Hebrew or another Judaic language.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Eric Goldstein
P2765540
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Emory University, 1992
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1994
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2000

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • American Jewish history and culture
  • modern Jewish history
  • American social and cultural history
Director of Undergraduate Studies
David Blumenthal
P8724289
Jay & Leslie Cohen Professor of Judiac Studies

Education

  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1960
  • MHL, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1964
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1972

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • medieval and modern Jewish thought
  • Jewish mysticism
Core Faculty
Michael Berger
P3778149
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Princeton University, 1985
  • MA, Princeton University, 1988
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1992

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • religious authority and ethics in Judaism
David Blumenthal
P8724289
Jay & Leslie Cohen Professor of Judiac Studies

Education

  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1960
  • MHL, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1964
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1972

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • medieval and modern Jewish thought
  • Jewish mysticism
Oded Borowski
P6202179
Professor

Education

  • Other, Midrasha (Detroit), 1968
  • BA, Wayne State University, 1970
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1972
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1979

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
Catherine Dana
P4334404
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • Ph.D, Yale University,
  • MA, Yale University,

Departments

  • French and Italian Studies, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
William Gilders
P4438320
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Toronto, 1990
  • MA, McMaster University, 1994
  • PhD, Brown University, 2000

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • Hebrew Bible
Sander Gilman
P5596579
Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and of Medicine

Education

  • BA, Tulane University, 1963
  • PhD, Tulane University, 1968

Departments

  • Institute of the Liberal Arts, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • history of medicine
  • history of psychiatry
  • Jewish cultural studies
  • visual studies
  • European comparative literary studies
  • cultural history
Hazel Gold
P0575008
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Mount Holyoke College, 1973
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1974
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1980

Departments

  • Spanish and Portuguese, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish literature
  • Hispanic Jewish literature and culture
  • narrative theory
Eric Goldstein
P2765540
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Emory University, 1992
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1994
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2000

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • American Jewish history and culture
  • modern Jewish history
  • American social and cultural history
Naama Harel
P4789360
Lecturer

Education

  • Ph.D, University of Haifa., 2009
  • MA, Tel-Aviv University, 2003
  • BA, Tel-Aviv University, 1998

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
Benjamin Hary
P2052821
Winship Distinguished Professor

Education

  • BA, Hebrew University, 1977
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1979
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1987

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
Jeffrey Lesser
P7378942
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BA, Brown University, 1982
  • MA, Brown University, 1984
  • PhD, New York University, 1989

Departments

  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
  • History, Core Faculty
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • modern Latin American history
  • ethnicity
  • immigration
  • race (especially in Brazil)
Deborah Lipstadt
P5186269
Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies

Education

  • Ph.D, Brandeis University, 1976
  • MA, Brandeis University, 1972
  • BA, City College of New York, 1969

Departments

  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
  • Religion, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Holocaust studies
  • modern Jewish history and culture
Gordon Newby
P9733863
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Utah, 1962
  • MA, Brandeis University, 1964
  • PhD, Brandeis University, 1966

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty
Ellie Schainker
P9626764
Arthur Blank Family Foundation Assistant Professor of Modern European Jewish History

Education

  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2009

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Religious Reforms in Eastern Europe
  • The Institutionalization of Women's Jewish Education in Europe
  • The Comparative Study of Jewish-Christian Relations in Imperial Russia
Don Seeman
P7158876
Associate Professor

Education

  • AB, Harvard University, 1990
  • AM, Harvard University, 1993
  • PhD, Harvard University, 1997

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • ethnography of Judaism and ethnography of religions
Kenneth Stein
P5885063
William E. Schatten Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies

Education

  • BA, Franklin and Marshall College, 1968
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1969
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1971
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1976

Departments

  • History, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • Near Eastern politics
Miriam Udel
P5857330
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, Harvard University, 2008

Departments

  • German Studies, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • ethics of speech in modernist narratives (emphasis on Yiddish and Jewish-American fiction)
Ofra Yeglin
P1708624
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Tel-Aviv University, 1985
  • MA, Tel-Aviv University, 1988
  • PhD, Tel-Aviv University, 1998

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Courses

Jewish Studies 100-Level Courses
JS 101: Introduction to Jewish Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 120: Israeli Culture And Society
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 120: Israel: Cultural And Society
Course Description

This course is an introduction to the institutions and folklore of the ethnic communities in modern Israeli society and culture. In English; no knowledge of Hebrew required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 125: Intro To Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 125: Intro To Jewish Literature
Course Description

Readings (in English) of major works from Biblical narrative to modern Hebrew, Yiddish, and Jewish fiction. Class discussions deal with topics such as Jewish identity, exile, humor, and satire.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 170: Modern Jewish History
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 170: Modern Jewish History
Course Description

Jewish history in the last two centuries. Emphasizes Jewish development, emancipation, assimilation, identity, and changing status in Europe, America, the Islamic world, and Palestine/Israel.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 190: Freshman Seminar
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Designed to engage first-year students in aspects of inquiry and research into areas of Jewish religion, culture, history, or language. Topics will vary.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Jewish Studies 200-Level Courses
JS 205: Biblical Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 205: Biblical Literature
Course Description

The Hebrew scriptures ("Old Testament"), in translation, examined in their historical setting, and in their roles as sacred texts in Judaism and Christianity.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 210R: Classic Jewish Religious Texts
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 210R: Classic Religious Texts
Course Description

This course will explore classic religious texts in depth, developing skills to interpret sacred, philosophical and ethical works. Social, cultural, and/or philosophical contexts at work will provide interpretive frameworks.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 210RW: Classic Jewish Religious Texts
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 210RW: Classic Religious Texts
Course Description

This course will explore classic religious texts in depth, developing skills to interpret sacred, philosophical and ethical works. Social, cultural, and/or philosophical contexts at work will provide interpretive frameworks.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 218: Nazi Germany
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
GER 218: Nazi Germany
HIST 218: Nazi Germany
Course Description

Course offers an overview of the origins, development, and outcomes of National Socialism. It covers: the rise of Nazi Party, establishment of dictatorship, emergence of racial state, life of Jews and social outsiders, road to war, WWII, occupation of Europe, resistance, euthanasia, the Holocaust.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 220: Modern Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 222: Modern Jewish Literature
Course Description

Readings in translation of Eastern European and Israeli authors, focusing on short fiction by Nachman of Bratslav, Abramovitsh, Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, Agnon, Appelfeld, Amichai, and Yehoshua. In English.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 230: Yiddish Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
GER 230: Yiddish Culture
Course Description

A broad introduction to the history, literature, and film of Ashkenazi Jewish culture in Europe and America. All texts in English translation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 250: Archaeology and the Bible
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 250: Archaeology And The Bible
REL 260: Archaeology And The Bible
Course Description

An introductory course to the field of Biblical archaeology, with a careful examination of theory, methodology, famous discoveries, important sites, and historical questions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
JS 251: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 251: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
REL 251: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
Course Description

Everyday life in ancient Israel (1200-586 BCE), including the economy, religion and cult, city planning, the Israelite kitchen, burials, status of women, and more.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 251W: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 251W: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
REL 251W: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
Course Description

Everyday life in ancient Israel (1200-586 BCE), including the economy, religion and cult, city planning, the Israelite kitchen, burials, status of women, and more.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 252: The Archaeology Of Jerusalem
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 252: The Archaeology Of Jerusalem
Course Description

A survey of the history of Jerusalem from its earliest times to the Crusader period through examination of archaeological remains and other ancient sources.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 252W: The Archaeology Of Jerusalem
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 252W: The Archaeology Of Jerusalem
Course Description

A survey of the history of Jerusalem from its earliest times to the Crusader period through examination of archaeological remains and other ancient sources.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 258: Anthropology Of The Jews
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 258: Anthropology Of The Jews
Course Description

Introduction to Jewish populations and cultures within the framework of four fields of general anthropology: biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 259R: Fld Work In Biblical Archaeol
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 259R: Fld Work In Biblical Archaeol
REL 261R: Fldwork In Biblical Archaeol
Course Description

Summer. Excavations in the Middle East, especially with the Summer Abroad Program affiliated with the Lahav Research Project at Tell Halif

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
JS 270: Survey Of Jewish History
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 270: Survey Of Jewish History
Course Description

This course offers a general overview of the history of Jews and Judaism, beginning with the Biblical period and ending with modern times.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 271: Topics in Jewish History
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish History: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish History. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 271W: Topics in Jewish History
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish History: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish History. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 273: Topics in Jewish Religion and Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish Religion & Culture: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish Religion and Culture. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 273W: Topics in Jewish Religion and Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish Religion & Culture: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish Religion and Culture. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 275: Topics in Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish Literature: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish Literature. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 275W: Topics in Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish Literature: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish Literature. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
Jewish Studies 300-Level Courses
JS 300: Methods In Jewish Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 308: Judaism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 308: Judaism
Course Description

Explores the rituals and practices of Judaism, placing them in their historical context and examining the theological concepts that underpin them.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 309: Jews & Judaism in Modern Times
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 309: Jews & Judaism in Modern Times
Course Description

Modern Jewish history, society, and thought, with emphasis on religious and secular reformulations of Jewish self-identity.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 320: Jewish Cult & Soc In Mid East
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 320: Jewish Cult/Society In Mid Eas
Course Description

This course investigates Jewish culture and society in the Middle East, with special emphasis on the modern period. The approach is interdisciplinary (history, ethnography, religious study, and linguistics).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 324: The Holocaust
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 324: The Holocaust
Course Description

An analysis of the sociopolitical background and the horror of the Holocaust, followed by the popular as well as the theological responses of the Jewish and Christian communities.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 325: Israeli Land & Cultr On Locatn
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 325: Israel:Land&Cultr On Location
Course Description

Summer. This course explores the nature of Israeli society, culture, and land, on location. Summer only; in Israel. In English. No knowledge of Hebrew required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
JS 326: History Of Judaic Languages
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 326: History Of Judaic Languages
MESAS 326: History Of Judaic Languages
Course Description

A course dealing with the history and structure of Judaic languages such as Hebrew, Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic, and Ladino.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 326W: History Of Judaic Languages
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 326W: History Of Judaic Languages
MESAS 326W: History Of Judaic Languages
Course Description

A course dealing with the history and structure of Judaic languages such as Hebrew, Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic, and Ladino.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 327: Relig In Holy Land On Locat
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 327: Relig In Holy Land On Locat
REL 327: Relig In Holy Land On Locat
Course Description

This course explores Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as other religious groups in the Holy Land in Israel. In English; no knowledge of Hebrew required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 328A: Sephardi History and Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 328A: Sephardi History and Culture
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
300 - 340
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic field trips
JS 328B: Sephardi History and Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 328B: Sephardi History and Culture
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
300 - 340
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic field trips
JS 328BW: Sephardi History and Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 328BW: Sephardi History and Culture
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
300 - 340
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic field trips
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 329: American Jewish History
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 329: American Jewish History
Course Description

Survey of American Jewish history from colonial period to present, Jewish immigration to the United States, patterns of religious and cultural adjustment, social relations and antisemitism, Jewish politics, the construction of Jewish identities.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 340: Rabbinic Judaism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 340: Rabbinic Judaism: The Liturgy
Course Description

Background and emergence of Rabbinic Judaism in 100-500 C.E., its institutions and beliefs: study, law, chosenness, messianic doctrine of god, revelation and prayer.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 341: Medieval Jewish Thought
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 341: Medieval Jewish Thought
Course Description

Intensive study of a major work on an important theme in medieval Jewish thought such as Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed, Saadia's Beliefs and Opinions, and medieval Jewish exegesis of the Bible.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 343: Modern Jewish Thought
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 343: Mod Jewish Thght:Herschel/Kap
Course Description

Intensive study of a major work, author or movement; or of an important theme in modern Jewish thought, such as Heschel, Buber, reform, religious anthropology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 348: Israeli-Palestinian Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 348: Israeli-Palestinian Literature
Course Description

This course will explore the literatures of identity and belonging in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It will cover Modern Hebrew literature authored by Jewish-Israeli writers and literature produced by Arab Palestinians in Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Diaspora.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 348W: Israeli-Palestinian Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 348W: Israeli-Palestinian Literature
Course Description

This course will explore the literatures of identity and belonging in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It will cover Modern Hebrew literature authored by Jewish-Israeli writers and literature produced by Arab Palestinians in Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Diaspora.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 352R: Gender and Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 352R: Gender and Religion
WGS 352R: Gender and Religion
Course Description

Analysis of methods and/or texts pertaining to ethical decision-making for individual and social problems such as race, sex/marriage, justice, war, biomedical technology, and environmental pollution. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 353: The Jewish Mystical Tradition
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Jewish mystical texts and themes, such as Zohar, Hasidism, and selected classical texts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 354R: Ethics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
HAP
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 354R: Ethics
Course Description

Analysis of methods and/or texts pertaining to ethical decision-making for individual and social problems such as race, sex/marriage, justice, war, biomedical technology, and environmental pollution. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 354RW: Ethics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
HAPW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
REL 354RW: Ethics
Course Description

Analysis of methods and/or texts pertaining to ethical decision-making for individual and social problems such as race, sex/marriage, justice, war, biomedical technology, and environmental pollution. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 360: History Of Modern Israel
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 370: History Of Modern Israel
Course Description

Evolution and growth of Israel. Equal emphasis on Ottoman Palestine and on the mandatory and Israeli statehood periods. Topics include Zionism, Arab-Jewish relations, the British colonial presence, Israeli domestic issues, and foreign policy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 370: Top In Jewish Relig & Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course will focus on particular aspects of or themes in Judaism or Jewish culture and how it is practiced. Topics will vary.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 371: Topics In Jewish History
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course will focus on a specific period or dimension of Jewish history with an emphasis on the use of documents and other primary sources. Topics will vary.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 371W: Topics In Jewish History
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course will focus on a specific period or dimension of Jewish history with an emphasis on the use of documents and other primary sources. Topics will vary.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 372: Topics In Jewish Languages
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course will explore specific themes in the development of Hebrew or other Jewish languages. Sample literature will be studied in the original language. Topics will vary.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 372W: Topics In Jewish Languages
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course will explore specific themes in the development of Hebrew or other Jewish languages. Sample literature will be studied in the original language. Topics will vary.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 375: Topics In Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 375: Topics In Jewish Literature
Course Description

Seminar on special issues in Jewish writing. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 375W: Topics In Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 375W: Topics In Jewish Literature
Course Description

Seminar on special issues in Jewish writing. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 381: Jews In Russian Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
RUSS 381: Jews In Russian Culture
Course Description

Prerequisite: none. Knowledge of Russian is not required. This course explores Russian-Jewish intellectual dialogue in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through the most representative examples of cross-cultural writing, in fiction and nonfiction.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
POLS 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Course Description

No Course Description Available.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 397: Dir Stdy: Israeli/Holy Land
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 397: Directed Study In Israeli/Holy Lan
Course Description

Individual research on a chosen topic in Israeli or Holy Land studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Jewish Studies 400-Level Courses
JS 415R: Reading Modern Hebrew
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 302: Advanced Modern Hebrew II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HEBR 415R: Reading Modern Hebrew
Course Description

Designed especially to enable students with background in Biblical Hebrew to read modern publications in the field of Biblical studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 420R: Readings in Judeo-Arabic Texts
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 420R: Readings in Judeo-Arabic Texts
Course Description

This course introduces students to Judeo-Arabic, the language of the Jews in Arab lands, through the study of Judeo-Arabic texts from various periods and places.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 430R: Modern Hebrew Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HEBR 430R: Modern Hebrew Literature
Course Description

Readings in modern Hebrew prose, poetry, and drama in the original, with emphasis on literary and social issues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 435R: Hebrew Of The Israeli Media
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HEBR 435R: Hebrew Of The Israeli Media
Course Description

Advanced study of the language used in the Israeli media; includes selections from newspapers, radio, and television broadcasts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 470: Topics in Jewish Religion and Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish Religion and Culture: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish religion and culture. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 470W: Topics in Jewish Religion and Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish Religion and Culture: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish religion and culture. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 471: Topics in Jewish History
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish History: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish history. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 471W: Topics in Jewish History
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish History: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish history. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 472: Topics in Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish Literature: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish literature. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 472W: Topics in Jewish Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Special Topics in Jewish Literature: Variety of subjects emphasizing Jewish literature. Content will vary. May be repeated when the topic changes

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 475: Spec Top Biblical Archaeology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 475: Spec Topics in Biblical Arch
Course Description

Among the topics studied are the patriarchs and the patriarchal period, the exodus and the settlement of Canaan, and the Israelite monarchy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
JS 475W: Spec Top in Biblical Arch
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 475W: Spec Topics in Biblical Arch
Course Description

Among the topics studied are the patriarchs and the patriarchal period, the exodus and the settlement of Canaan, and the Israelite monarchy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 490R: Sen Seminar In Jewish Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
JS 490RW: Sen Seminar In Jewish Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 495R: Honors Thesis
General Information
Credit Hours
2
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
JS 495RW: Honors Thesis
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Writing Requirement
Yes
JS 497R: Dir Reading In Jewish Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
Hebrew 100-Level Courses
HEBR 101: Elementary Modern Hebrew I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. First in a series of courses designed to teach speaking, writing, reading, and comprehension of modern Hebrew. No previous knowledge of Hebrew required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
HEBR 102: Elementary Modern Hebrew II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisites: Hebrew 101 or permission of instructor. Second in a series of courses designed to teach speaking, writing, reading, and comprehension of modern Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
Hebrew 200-Level Courses
HEBR 201: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Hebrew 102 or permission of instructor. Third in a series of courses designed to teach modern Hebrew, with emphasis on grammatical structure and expansion of vocabulary; includes short stories, newspaper articles, and conversation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
HEBR 202: Intermediate Modern Hebrew II
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Prerequisite: Hebrew 201 or permission of instructor. Fourth in a series of courses designed to teach modern Hebrew with emphasis on grammatical structure and expansion of vocabulary; includes short stories, newspaper articles, and conversation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
250
HEBR 290: Supervised Reading
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Hebrew 300-Level Courses
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. Prerequisites: Hebrew 202 or permission of instructor. Fifth in a series of courses designed to teach modern Hebrew, advanced study of grammar, vocabulary, and stylistics; intensive practice speaking and writing Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 302: Advanced Modern Hebrew II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Sixth in a series of courses designed to teach modern Hebrew, advanced study of grammar, vocabulary, and stylistics; intensive practice speaking and writing Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 302W: Advanced Modern Hebrew II
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HALW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Sixth in a series of courses designed to teach modern Hebrew, advanced study of grammar, vocabulary, and stylistics; intensive practice speaking and writing Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
HEBR 370: Topics In Hebrew
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Close analysis of selected poetry or prose in Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 370W: Topics In Hebrew
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HALW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Close analysis of selected poetry or prose in Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
HEBR 371: Readings In Classical Hebrew
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course intends to train students in close reading of classical Hebrew texts such as the Hebrew Bible, the Mishna, Pirkei Avot, and more.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Hebrew 400-Level Courses
HEBR 415R: Reading Modern Hebrew
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 302: Advanced Modern Hebrew II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 415R: Reading Modern Hebrew
Course Description

Designed especially to enable students with background in Biblical Hebrew to read modern publications in the field of Biblical studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 430R: Modern Hebrew Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 430R: Modern Hebrew Literature
Course Description

Readings in modern Hebrew prose, poetry, and drama in the original, with emphasis on literary and social issues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 435R: Hebrew Of The Israeli Media
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
HEBR 301: Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 435R: Hebrew Of The Israeli Media
Course Description

Advanced study of the language used in the Israeli media; includes selections from newspapers, radio, and television broadcasts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 440: History of the Hebrew Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisites: Hebrew 302 or equivalent. This course examines the development of the Hebrew language in different periods and in the framework of other Semitic languages using methodologies of historical linguistics and sociolinguistics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
HEBR 497R: Supervised Reading
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Hebrew 302 or equivalent and approval of MESAS curriculum committee. Can be used for directed study of Hebrew literature in the original or for other interdisciplinary research in Hebrew.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Yiddish 100-Level Courses
YDD 101: Elementary Yiddish I
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Reading and writing skills in Yiddish as well as the study of Yiddish culture as it has developed through history.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
YDD 102: Elementary Yiddish II
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. Continuation of 101.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
Yiddish 200-Level Courses
YDD 201: Intermediate Yiddish I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
YDD 202: Intermediate Yiddish II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAL
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150

Honors Program

Students may write an Honors Thesis in accordance with the requirements of the College. In this case they may be required to take one Graduate course which will replace one of the elective courses.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

As part of its undergraduate program, the Institute for Jewish Studies participates in five study abroad programs. Programs are offered annually when and where local conditions permit. The Emory Summer Study Abroad Program in Israel is sponsored by the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS) and cosponsored by the Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion. An extensive six-week study tour of the country, it exposes students to the land and its history, religions, culture, and people. Topics covered will include archaeology and antiquities, political and social life, the economy, army life, language and literature, folklore, the arts, nature, and religious issues. Students will live in guest houses, field schools, and small hotels in several different locations, which will be used as bases for travel and study. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Students can earn eight to twelve credit hours through this program. The Archaeology in Israel Summer Study Program is a six-week course during which students work on an archaeological dig in Israel. Students gain valuable experience and training in excavation techniques, are introduced to field laboratory processing, attend lectures on archaeological methods and history, and have two weekend field trips. No previous archaeological experience is necessary. Students can earn up to eight credit hours through this program. The Emory Summer Experience in Europe, sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Studies, offers a five-week intensive study tour focusing on Sephardi Jewish culture.

Following the footsteps of the Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492, the course is held on location in Spain, and in France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey, where Jews established thriving communities after the expulsion. In each location, students visit cultural and historic sites, interact with members of local communities, and attend lectures and discussions. Participating students earn eight credit hours for the course.

The Emory Semester in Israel program allows students to spend a semester abroad at either Tel Aviv University or The Hebrew University. This program enables students to have a high-quality educational experience in Israel, plus the opportunity for an immersion experience in Israeli culture and society. During the semester each student will participate in an intensive four-week Hebrew language session, enroll in one course offered by an Emory faculty member, take three Tel Aviv University courses, and join in a series of special events organized for Emory students. No previous knowledge of Hebrew nor any previous exposure to Jewish or Israeli/Middle Eastern Studies is required.

In addition to these Emory-sponsored opportunities, the University will in some cases also accept transfer credit from other study abroad programs in Jewish studies, with prior approval of the undergraduate director.

The Jewish Studies in Prague program is an Emory-approved semester program offered at Charles University in the Czech Republic. This program enables students to study Jewish history and culture in a Central European context through courses taught in English, mainly by Charles University faculty. Students live in host institution residence halls and participate in regular excursions to lectures, films, and museums as well as historical sites in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Students normally enroll in five courses per term, one of which must be a Czech language course, for a total of 16 Emory credits.

For more information, see Study Abroad.

Language Study

Hebrew language courses are offered through the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS). Yiddish language courses are offered through the Department of German Studies. Work in Judaeo-Arabic is offered with the permission of the instructor. All these languages are an integral part of the Jewish Studies program.

Awards and Honors

David R. Blumenthal Award

This award is given annually for the best student papers and/or projects, completed for academic coursework or independently, that link Jewish studies with larger human concerns.