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This is an archive of the 2017-2018 University Catalog.
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Program: B.A., Modern Jewish Studies

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Modern Jewish Studies provides an interdisciplinary examination of Jews and Judaism in terms of the interactions of culture, history and religion during the last 300 years. The courses in the major explore the modern Jewish experience in multiple geographical settings and include language study.

Program Requirements

A course may be used only once within the major.

1. Required Courses (34 units)

a. Introductory Course (3 units)

JS 200 Introduction to Judaism (3)*

*This course may also be counted toward 3 units of the GE requirement in Arts and Humanities.

b. Language (4 units)

HEBR 102 Elementary Hebrew II (4)

c. Culture and Society (9 units)

ENGL 371 Issues in Jewish-American Writing (3)
JS 318 Applied Jewish Ethics (3)
JS 330 Women in the Jewish Experience (3)

RS 378 American Jewish Experience (3)
SOC 306 Jewish Communal and Family Structure (3)
SOC 335 Jewish Identity in the U.S. (3)

d. History (9 units)

HIST 210/JS 210 History of the Jewish People (3)
HIST 356 Anti-Semitism in Europe (3)
HIST 357 History of the Holocaust (3)
HIST 406 The Jews in the Ancient World (3)
HIST 409/JS 409 History of the Jews in the Modern Era (3)
HIST 427/JS 427 Israel’s History and Peoples (3)
HIST/JS 486J History of the Jews in the United States (3)

e. Religion and Thought (9 units)

2. Electives (9 units)

Choose from the Upper Division courses listed above as well as the following:

3. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.

Total Units in the Major: 43

General Education Units: 48

Additional Units: 29

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Director: Jody Myers
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
Sierra Tower (ST) 807
(818) 677-6762

Student Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in Jewish Studies will have an appreciation and understanding of the major events and cultural features of Jewish life in different international settings from 1600 to the present. Students will be able to:

  1. Define and analyze significant Jewish religious beliefs, ethics, religious practices, philosophies and cultural expressions.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to speak, comprehend and write Modern Hebrew at an elementary level.
  3. Identify the major events of modern Jewish history and articulate the internal (within the Jewish community) and external (outside of the Jewish community) forces that lead up to and shaped these events.
  4. Describe the principal social contours of modern Jewish communities and families and give examples of the complex and multifaceted forms of modern Jewish identity.