Program: Minor in Jewish Studies

Program Description

The minor in Jewish Studies offers courses in the culture and history of the Jewish people. The approach is interdisciplinary and 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.

Program Requirements

1. Required Courses (12 units)

Judaism (3 units)

JS 100 Jewish Religion and Culture (3)

Ancient and Medieval Era (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

HIST 406 Jews in the Ancient World (3)
JS 300 Ancient and Medieval Jewish Arts and Literature (3)
RS 320 Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) (3)
RS 375 Classical Judaic Texts (3)

Modern Era (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

HIST 409/JS 409 History of the Jews in the Modern Era (3)
HIST 427/JS 427 Israel’s History and Peoples (3)
RS 476 Modern Jewish Thought (3)

American Jewish Life (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 371 Issues in Jewish-American Writing (3)
HIST/JS 486J History of the Jews in the United States (3)
JS 335/SOC 335 Jewish Identity in the U.S. (3)
RS 378 American Jewish Experience (3)

2. Electives (6-7 units)

Select 6-7 units with no more than 4 units of 100-200 level courses:

Total Units in the Minor: 18-19


Jewish Studies Program
Director: Jennifer Thompson
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
Sierra Tower (ST) 807
(818) 677-6762

Student Learning Outcomes

Students minoring in Jewish Studies will be able to identify major themes, characters, literary works and events of Jewish life in different international settings and in different historical periods. A Jewish Studies minor will be able to articulate the significant interactions between Jewish culture and the surrounding cultures over time, as well as the changes within the Jewish community, and describe Jewish cultural developments as a function of a dynamic created by political, economic and cultural forces.