Courses

JWST-390 Independent Reading in Jewish Studies

Permission: instructor and program director.   **Varies by Student**

JWST-481 Senior Thesis Jewish Studies I

3 credits

JWST-482 Senior Thesis Jewish Studies II

Prerequisite: JWST-481.

JWST-490 Independent Study in Jewish Studies

Credits: 1.00-6.00 ***** Varies by Student ******

JWST-491 Internship in Jewish Studies

Permission: instructor and program director. Credits: 1.00-6.00   **Varies by Student**

JWST-590 Independent Reading in Jewish Studies

Permission: instructor and program director. Credits: 1.00-6.00 ***** Varies by Student ******

JWST-690 Independent Study in Jewish Studies

Permission: instructor and program director. Credits: 01.00-06.00 ***** Varies by Student ******

HIST-443/643 History of Israel

Traces the development of modern political Zionism in nineteenth-century Europe; the historical background leading to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948; and the history of Israel since then, including patterns of Jewish immigration and its relationship to the Arab world. Meets with HIST-643. Usually offered every fall.

RELG 486/686-003 Judaism

Introduction to the history, literature, doctrines, rituals, and social movements in Judaism. Particular attention is paid to the Hebrew Bible, the Rabbinical commentary, Jewish philosophy, and mysticism. All of these topics are understood in the light of historical development, both in the Near East and in the Jewish diaspora. The course concludes with an examination […]

RELG 486/686.001 Religion and Global Violence

This globally-focused course explores the religious dimensions, both ideological and cultural, of political and military conflict. Themes include sacred geography and literature as grounds for bloodshed, the sanctity of race, martyrdom/terrorism, and pacifism.

SISU-330-003 U.S.-Israel Relations

This course explores the evolution of U.S. relations with Israel, from the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948 to the present day. Along the way, it examines key milestones in U.S.-Israel relations, beginning with President Truman’s controversial decision to buck the U.S. foreign policy establishment and formally recognize the state of Israel; the wartime […]

JWST-320 Literature from the Holocaust

This course explores the Holocaust through the prism of literature written during and after World War II. Poetry, plays, short stories, diaries, and memoirs written by both victims and observers reveal an extraordinary level of detail about individual lives touched by the tragedy. Course materials range from secret diaries created inside ghetto walls, to epic […]

JWST-205 Ancient & Medieval Jewish Civilization

Examines the independent Jewish states that flourished in Palestine, the rise of the most important Jewish communities outside the ancient Jewish homeland, and the foreign influences that shaped not only the political life of the Jews but also their internal organization and their creativity. Usually Offered: fall.

GNED-130 Jerusalem: Myth, History, Modernity

Central for the three Abrahamic traditions, Jerusalem has been a locus of worship and dispute for over two-thousand years. The course proceeds thematically, beginning with the role of Jerusalem in the mythic imagination of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students then turn to writings reflecting the history of Jerusalem as a physical place and a source […]

HEBR-116 Hebrew, Elementary Modern I

Additional Class Fee: $40.00.

HEBR-216 Hebrew, Intermediate Modern I

Prerequisite: HEBR-117 or equivalent. Additional Class Fee: $40.00.

JWST-210 Voices of Modern Jewish Literature

Voices of Modern Jewish Literature explores a variety of literary works analyzing the historical experience of modern Jewish communities in Europe, as well as the United States and Israel, emphasizing how migration, racism, industrialization, and political change affected these Jews and their Judaism.

JWST-320 Jews in American Pop Culture

Jews in American Pop Culture (3) Explores Jewish involvement in American popular culture from the perspective of politics, gender, sexuality, and religion. Investigates America’s pluralistic character by studying Jewish figures from music, theater, film, sports, and beyond, asking what it means to live as a Jew in an open society, and as a minority in […]

JWST-481 Senior Thesis Jewish Studies I

3 credits

JWST-482 Senior Thesis Jewish Studies II

Prerequisite: JWST-481.

JWST-491 Internship in Jewish Studies

Permission: instructor and program director. Credits: 1.00-6.00 **Varies by Student**

HEBR-117 Elementary Modern II

Prerequisite HEBR 116

HEBR-217

Prerequisite HEBR 216

HIST-419/619 Holocaust

Holocaust (3) Traces the history of anti-Semitism and the development of racism that led to the Holocaust. Examines the historical development of the Final Solution. Considers the variety of responses to Jewish persecution by the Nazi perpetrators, the Jews, and the nations of the world. Crosslist: HIST-619. Usually Offered: fall.

SISU-319 Arab-Israeli Relations

Arab-Israeli Relations (3) A survey of Arab-Israeli relations from their origins to the present. Includes an account of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, the history of the British mandate, the Arab-Israeli wars, the involvement of external powers, and the quest for peace. The emphasis is on conflict resolution. Usually Offered: spring. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-220.

SISU-419 Negotiating Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Negotiating Israeli-Palestinian Peace (3) This senior capstone provides students with a deeper understanding of the problems that have confounded the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, in particular the “final status” issues: borders, Jerusalem, refugees, and security. Students focus on the contested narratives; the relevant political actors; and the key international, regional, and internal events that have shaped […]

SISU-330 Israel’s National Security: Challenges and Strategies

Israel’s National Security: Challenges and Strategies (3) Israel’s national security is based on the interdependence between defense, political, and economic factors, with the military, intelligence, and diplomacy playing a critical role in safeguarding it. As the world witnesses a realignment of the great powers and the Middle East is dramatically changing, Israel faces great challenges […]

HEBR-116 Hebrew, Elementary Modern I

Additional Class Fee: $40.00.

HIST-473/673 AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY

Today American Jewry constitutes the preeminent Diaspora Jewish community. This course traces its historical development by examining the waves of Jewish immigration to the United States and the institutions that American Jews created to sustain their community.

HEBR-216 Hebrew, Intermediate Modern I

Prerequisite: HEBR-117 or equivalent. Additional Class Fee: $40.00.

JWST-481 Senior Thesis Jewish Studies I

3 Credits

JWST-482 Senior Thesis Jewish Studies II

Prerequisite: JWST-481.

HIST-443/643 History of Israel

Traces the development of modern political Zionism in nineteenth-century Europe; the historical background leading to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948; and the history of Israel since then, including patterns of Jewish immigration and its relationship to the Arab world. Meets with HIST-643. Usually offered every fall.

JWST-320 Israel and American Jews: A Complicated Relationship

This course examines the century-long relationship between America’s Jews and the modern State of Israel – from the decades leading up to the State’s founding to the present day. We go beyond wars and diplomacy to explore Israel’s multifaceted relationship with American Jewry, from political rhetoric to philanthropy, from pop music to hummus, from folk […]

JWST-205 Ancient and Medieval Jewish Civilization

Examines the independent Jewish states that flourished in Palestine, the rise of the most important Jewish communities outside the ancient Jewish homeland, and the foreign influences that shaped not only the political life of the Jews but also their internal organization and their creativity. Usually Offered: fall.