Jewish Studies

  • Department Information

    Jewish Studies

    Kathrin Bower, Coordinator (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)

  • Minor

    The Jewish Studies Minor

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.0 with no course grade below C- (1.7).

    Five units from approved JWST courses, including:

    at least one unit from each of the following groups: A, B, C

    selected from at least two different departments

    A maximum of two units may be taken at another accredited institution or through an approved study abroad program, with the JWST advisor’s approval. No more than half a unit shall be awarded for internship credit. No more than one 100-level course shall count toward the minor.

    Prerequisites do not count toward the minor unless otherwise noted.

    Group A: Identity and Representation

    ARTH 310 Late Antique and Early Christian Art*

    CLSC 207 Greek Magic*

    ENGL 299 Immigrant Literature*

    FYS 100 Greek Myth and Cult*

    FYS 100 Is It Possible for Jews and Christians to Enter Into Meaningful Dialogue?*

    FYS 100 What’s So Funny?* 

    HIST 233 Reformation Europe*

    HIST 306 American Identities*

    LAIS 421 Christians, Jews and Muslims from Frontier to Empire:  Medieval Spain

    LLC 360 Representing the Holocaust

    PLSC 346 Politics of Cultural Pluralism

    RELG 240 Lost Christianities

    THTR 119 Broadway Musical Theatre*

    Group B: Text and Practice

    ENGL 217 The Bible and Literature

    RELG 201 The Bible as Literature

    RELG 230 The History of Israel

    RELG 241 Introduction to the New Testament

    RELG 242 Jesus in Myth, Tradition, and History

    RELG 331 The Hebrew Prophets

    Group C: Culture and History

    CLSC 210 A History of Early Medicine*

    CLSC 321 Archaeology of the Middle East*

    FYS 100 From the Window of the St. James Hotel: The Songs of Bob Dylan*

    GERM 472 Culture Wars and Identity Debates in German Society from Empire to EU

    HIST 216 American Cultural and Intellectual History Since 1865*

    HIST 249 Cold War Europe, 1945-1991

    HIST 271 The Modern Middle East

    HIST 391 Transnational Social Reform*

    LLC 335 Bolsheviks, Bombs and Ballet: Soviet Culture and Civilization*

    RELG 393 God is Dead*

    Courses with an * may apply toward the minor when approved by the Jewish Studies coordinator.


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  • JWST 297 Special Topics in Jewish Studies

    Units: 1


    Special topics related to Jewish history and/or culture that contribute to the Jewish studies minor.

  • JWST 388 Individual Internship in Jewish Studies

    Units: .5-1


    Up to one unit may be applied toward the Jewish studies minor. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.


    Approval by the Jewish studies coordinator.

  • JWST 395 Independent Study in Jewish Studies

    Units: .5-1


    Topics independently pursued under supervision of faculty member.


    Religion 230.

  • JWST 397 Special Topics in Jewish Studies

    Units: 1


    Special topics related to Jewish history and/or culture that contribute to the Jewish studies minor.


    Permission of instructor.

  • JWST 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0


    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.


    Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor