Program: Minor in Jewish Studies
The minor in Jewish Studies offers courses in the culture and history of the Jewish people. The interdisciplinary approach examines Jewish literature, art, religious thought, history, and social attitudes and behavior. Many courses in the program satisfy General Education requirements or may be used as electives in several majors.
1. Required Courses (12 units)
HIST 210/JS 210 History of the Jewish People (3)
JS 100 Jewish Religion and Culture (3)
JS 318 Applied Jewish Ethics (3)
JS 390CS Nonprofit Internship in the Jewish Community (3)
2. Electives (6-7 units)
Students may take no more than 4 units of lower division electives.
ENGL 371 Issues in Jewish-American Writing (3)
HEBR 101 Elementary Hebrew I (4)
HEBR 102 Elementary Hebrew II (4)
HIST 357/JS 357 History of the Holocaust (3)
HIST 409/JS 409 History of Jews in the Modern Era (3)
HIST 427/JS 427 Israel’s History and Peoples (3)
JS 151 Natural Environment in Judaism (1)
and RTM 151F Survival (2)
JS 220 Critical Thinking About Jews on Film (3)
JS 255 Great Books of Jewish Culture (3)
JS 300 Ancient and Medieval Jewish Arts and Literature (3)
JS 306/SOC 306 Sociology of Jewish Families and Communities (3)
JS 320/RS 320 Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) (3)
JS 330 Women in the Jewish Experience (3)
JS 333 The Jewish Graphic Novel (3)
JS 335/SOC 335 Jewish Identity in the U.S. (3)
JS 378/RS 378 American Jewish Experience (3)
Total Units in the Minor: 18-19
Jewish Studies Program
Director: Jennifer Thompson
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
Sierra Tower (ST) 807
Program Learning Outcomes
Students receiving a minor in Jewish Studies will be able to:
- Describe major themes, characters, literary works and events of Jewish life in different international settings and historical periods.
- Describe and analyze the significant interactions between Jewish cultures and their surrounding cultures over time.
- Describe and analyze the ways political, economic and cultural forces have shaped and continue to shape Jewish cultural developments.