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Jewish Studies

The program in Jewish Studies offers students the opportunity to explore Jewish history, communities, literature, religion and culture in a comparative perspective and multicultural framework. Courses include Hebrew language instruction as well as the study of classical and modern Jewish texts in translation.

The interdisciplinary minor in Jewish Studies provides an introduction to the study of Jewish culture, thought, history and literature. Students learn a broad range of methodologies and critical concepts in these areas and gain insight into the relation between Jewish identities, histories, and representations and those of the cultures in which Jews throughout the world have lived. The Program in Jewish Studies will be of special interest to students in History, Religious Studies, Comparative Literature and Sociology as well as other fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Requirements: 

20 units

    Choose one course (4 units)

    • HIS 011 History of the Jewish People in the Modern World (4 units)
    • JST 010 Introduction to Jewish Cultures (4 units)
    • RST 012 The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (4 units)
    • RST 021 The Bible and Its Interpreters (4 units)
    • RST 023 Introduction to Judaism (4 units)

    Choose four courses (16 units)

    • COM 147 Modern Jewish Writers (4 units)
    • ENL 171A The Bible as Literature: The Old Testament (4 units)
    • GER 116 Readings in Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture (4 units)
    • GER 117 After the Catastrophe: Jews and Jewish Life in Post-1945 Germany (4 units)
    • GER 127 Major Writers in German* (4 units)
    • GER 141 The Holocaust and its Literary Representation (4 units)
    • HIS 110 Themes in World History`(4 units)
    • HIS 112A Topics in Pre-Modern Jewish History (4 units)
    • HIS 112B Topics in Modern Jewish History (4 units)
    • HIS 112C History of Jews in the Muslim World (4 units)
    • HIS 113 History of Modern Israel (4 units)
    • HIS 142A History of the Holocaust (4 units)
    • HIS 142B The Memory of the Holocaust (4 units)
    • JST 101 Topics in Jewish Thought (4 units)
    • JST 110 Selected Topics in Jewish Literature (4 units)
    • JST 111 Israeli Writing Since 1960 (4 units)
    • JST 112 Readings in Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture (4 units)
    • JST 120 Cinema and the American Jewish Experience (4 units)
    • JST 121 Oral History and Jewish Life (4 units)
    • HIS 011 History of the Jewish People in the Modern World (4 units)
    • RST 012 The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (4 units)
    • RST 102 Christian Origins (4 units)
    • RST 123 Sex and Gender in the Bible (4 units)
    • RST 124 Topics in Judaism (4 units)
    • RST 125 Dead Sea Scrolls, Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha (4 units)
    • RST 126 The Formation of the Rabbinic Tradition (4 units)
    • RST 130 Topics in Religious Studies+ (4 units)
    • RST 135 The Bible and Film (4 units)
    • RUS 120 Topics in Russian Literature and Culture# (4 units)
    • POL 135 International Politics of the Middle East (4 units)
    • POL 136 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (4 units)
    • POL 179 Special Studies in Comparative Politics^ (4 units)
    • SOC 174 American Jewish Identities and Communities (4 units)

     

    *When course covers a Jewish writer.
    `When topic is AntiSemitism and Islamophobia.
    +When topic is Doom: The End of the World and After
    #When topic is Jews in Russian Literature and Culture
    ^When topic is Israeli Politics

    Total = 20 units

    Minor Advisor

    David Biale
    dbiale@ucdavis.edu
    530-752-9241