Jewish Studies (minor only)

Changes effective Fall Term 2017

Faculty teaching Jewish Studies courses include members of the Expressive Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Divisions in the College of Arts and Sciences. Please see the schedule of classes for each academic term for specific assignments.

The Jewish studies program focuses on the academic investigation of the religion, history, and culture of the Jewish people and the study of the interaction of this culture with the civilizations of the world.

This program identifies and combines courses in the departments of philosophy and religion, English, modern languages and literatures, art, music, and anthropology. Time periods and geographical areas covered range from ancient Israel to contemporary American society. The multidisciplinary approach of the program includes biblical studies, history of religions, intellectual history, European studies, art, music, archaeology, literature, women's studies, and philosophy.

The Jewish studies minor may be particularly beneficial for students interested in graduate studies in religious studies, international politics, history, comparative literature, modern languages, classics, or ancient Mediterranean studies. In addition, the Jewish studies minor would serve students who pursue the fields of education, social work, communal service, public administration, law, foreign service, the ministry and/or the rabbinate.


Six (6) courses are required: two (2) core courses, three (3) electives, and a senior independent study research paper.


  • REL 125 Hebrew Bible
  • REL 217 Jewish Life and Thought

Three (3) of the following, two (2) of which must be at the 300 level or higher.

  • ANT255 Middle East Culture
  • ANT 259 Contemporary Middle East and North Africa
  • ANT 277 Gender in the Middle East and North Africa
  • ANT 338 Biblical Archaeology
  • ARH 218 Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
  • ARH 305 Art and Archaeology of Classical Israel
  • ENG 231 The Bible as Literature
  • HBR 101/102 Elementary Hebrew
  • HBR 201/202 Intermediate Hebrew
  • HIS 120 Decade of Decision: Holocaust
  • HIS 370 Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • MUS 372 From Sinai to Symphony: A Survey of Jewish Music
  • PHI 314 Spinoza: Secular Jewish Philosopher
  • PHI 319 Evil and the Search for Meaning after the Holocaust
  • POL 304 Middle East Politics
  • REL 126 New Testament
  • REL 135 Religion in America
  • REL 218 Christianity: Thought/Practice
  • REL 219 Islam: Religion and Society
  • REL 223 Contemporary Jewish Literature and Film
  • REL 228 Women in Judaism and Islam
  • REL 251 Topics in Religion: Islam and Society
  • REL 300 Religion and the Body
  • REL 304 Jerusalem
  • REL 333 Modern and Contemporary Jewish Thought
  • REL 351 Religion and Popular Culture
Additional electives to be approved by the coordinator include study abroad at Hebrew University and/or other Israeli institutions of higher education, summer study courses, and archaeological excavations in Israel, service learning courses, and internships.