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Jewish Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Jewish Studies - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Modern Jewish Studies (code COLABA01)

The Bachelor of Arts in Modern Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary major that consists of courses in a variety of disciplines, including literature, history, religion, geography, Hebrew Language and politics. Students will gain an understanding of Jewish civilizations as the result of interactions of Jewish culture, history, and religion within both societies where Jews have been the dominant majority (the first two Jewish commonwealths and modern Israel) and the minority. Students will explore the constants and diversity of the Jewish experience in different eras and geographical settings. They will be able to define the parameters of the Diaspora and its significance on both Jewish and non-Jewish life. They will understand the significant Jewish beliefs, ethics, philosophies, and religious texts. Students will comprehend the place and role of Israel and Zionism in Jewish life, politics, culture, and religion. They will understand the history of the Holocaust/Shoah and its impact on both the Jewish and non-Jewish worldviews. Students will also gain a basic comprehension of and proficiency in Hebrew.

Requirements (minimum of 40 units)

Core (minimum of 34 units)

  • HIST 141 (3 units)
  • Language (4 units): HEBW 101A or 101B
  • Culture and Society (6 units): CWL 342 and 344
  • History area (9 units) chosen from: HIST 304, 347, 348, 393, 428, 431, 432, 470
  • Religion and Thought (9 units) chosen from: R/ST 230, 311, 312I, 314, 315I, 317I, 318, 319, 320A, 320B, 460
  • Capstone Course (3 units) to be determined by Program Advisor.

Electives

  • Electives (6 units) GEOG 309I, POSC 367, courses listed above in excess of core requirements or other courses as determined by advisor

Minor in Jewish Studies (code HISTUM02)

The Minor in Jewish Studies consists of a minimum of 19 units. Jewish Studies encourages undergraduate students to acquire the academic breadth and depth to comprehend the major issues, themes, and concepts of a culture and heritage that has had a distinct impact on world civilization. The interdisciplinary minor consists of courses in a variety of disciplines, including literature, history, religion, geography, Hebrew language, and politics. Students will expand their understanding of the broader dynamics of the Jewish experience through different eras and geographic settings, both in Israel and the Diaspora.

Requirements

  1. Required core courses: HIST 141.
  2. At least three units from the following courses: CWL 342, CWL 344,
  3. At least four units from the following courses: HEBW101A, HEBW 101B,
  4. At least three units from the following courses: HIST 304, HIST 347, HIST 348, HIST 393, HIST 428, HIST 431, HIST 432, HIST 470.
  5. At least three units from the following courses: R/ST 230, R/ST 311, R/ST 312I, R/ST 314, R/ST 315I. R/ST 317, R/ST 318, R/ST 319, R/ST 320A, R/ST 320B, R/ST 460
  6. The remaining three units to complete the minor may be satisfied through any of the courses listed above, or GEOG 309I, POSC 367, or other courses as determined by the advisor.
  7. In th event that no course is available to satisfy a requirement of the minor, the missing course or courses may be substituted as determined by the program advisor.