Jewish Studies Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Prerequisite

Major Requirements (12 units)

  • 2 courses chosen from third-year Hebrew (HEBREW 216-1, HEBREW 216-2, HEBREW 216-3), courses in the Department of Religious Studies on classical Jewish texts in Hebrew, or courses in Hebrew literature read in Hebrew.
  • RELIGION 230-0 Introduction to Judaism
  • 1 course covering the biblical period, such as ­RELIGION 220-0 Introduction to Hebrew Bible
  • 1 course covering the rabbinic period
  • 2 courses covering the postrabbinic periods (post-800 CE), such as:
    Course Title
    HISTORY 203-1Jewish History 750-1492
    HISTORY 203-2Jewish History1492-1789
    HISTORY 348-1Jews in Poland, Ukraine, and Russia
    HISTORY 348-2Jews in Poland, Ukraine, and Russia
    HISTORY 349-0History of the Holocaust
  • 5 additional courses counting for major or minor credit in Jewish studies; may include third-year courses in Hebrew and Yiddish
  • At least 6 courses must be at the 300 level.
  • At least 1 must be from the history department.
  • At least 1 must be in literature.

Honors in Jewish Studies

Majors with strong academic records and an interest in pursuing honors should submit a written proposal in spring quarter of junior year. Accepted students take JWSH_ST 399-0 Independent Study with their thesis adviser in fall and winter of senior year; 1 quarter may count toward the major. Alternatively, students may enroll in a 3-quarter-long seminar in a relevant department. Those interested in this option should consult with the relevant department, the anticipated thesis adviser, and the director of undergraduate studies.

Students whose theses and grades meet program criteria are recommended to the college for graduation with honors. For more information contact the director of undergraduate studies and see Honors in the Major.

Relevant Courses in Other Departments

Additional Jewish studies courses are offered by many departments and programs. This list below is partial and in some cases, only certain sections of a course may count toward Jewish Studies. Please see the Jewish Studies website for up-to-date information and/or consult with the DUS.

Course Title
COMP_LIT 270-0Literatures in Translation
GNDR_ST 382-0Race, Gender, and Sexuality (relevant sections)
GERMAN 234-1Jews and Germans: An Intercultural History I
GERMAN 234-2Jews and Germans: An Intercultural History II
HISTORY 203-1Jewish History 750-1492
HISTORY 203-2Jewish History1492-1789
HISTORY 203-3Jewish History 1789-1948
HISTORY 348-1Jews in Poland, Ukraine, and Russia
HISTORY 348-2Jews in Poland, Ukraine, and Russia
HISTORY 349-0History of the Holocaust
HISTORY 347-0Christians and Jews
HISTORY 392-0Topics In History (relevant sections)
HISTORY 395-0Research Seminar
POLI_SCI 357-SAPolitical Economy of Israel
POLI_SCI 395-0Political Research Seminar (relevant sections)
RELIGION 220-0Introduction to Hebrew Bible
RELIGION 230-0Introduction to Judaism
RELIGION 329-0Topics in the Bible (relevant sections)
RELIGION 330-0Varieties of Ancient Judaism
RELIGION 332-0Modern Jewish Thought
RELIGION 333-0Judaism in the Modern World
RELIGION 339-0Topics in Judaism
RELIGION 374-0Contemporary Religious Thought (relevant sections)
RELIGION 379-0Topics in Comparative Religion (relevant sections)
SPANISH 397-0Topics in Latin American, Latina and Latino, and Iberian Literatures and Cultures (relevant sections)