Jewish Studies Program


Courses of Study

[JS120]    Personal Writings about God Listed as Religious Studies 120. Four credit hours. W1.
JS121j    Entartete (Degenerate) Musik Listed as Music 121. Three credit hours. A, I. Silver
JS125f    Hebrew I The first of three consecutive courses designed to develop fluency and accuracy in Modern Hebrew. Through an interactive approach to language learning, students gain communicative proficiency and a greater understanding of Israeli society. Videos, audio, and web materials introduce students to the nuanced and rich connections between Hebrew and Jewish culture in Israel and around the world. Three credit hours. Isaacs
JS126s    Hebrew II The second of three consecutive courses designed to develop fluency and accuracy in Modern Hebrew. Students will deepen their knowledge of Hebrew grammar and further develop the facilities for written and oral communication in Hebrew. Delves more deeply into Israeli culture through media and literature. Prerequisite: Jewish Studies 125 or equivalent. Three credit hours. Isaacs
JS127f    Hebrew III The third of three consecutive courses designed to develop fluency and accuracy in Modern Hebrew. Students will deepen their knowledge of Hebrew grammar and further develop the facilities for written and oral communication in Hebrew. Delves more deeply into Israeli culture through media and literature. Prerequisite: Jewish Studies 126 or equivalent. Three credit hours. Isaacs
JS143f    Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Listed as Religious Studies 143. Four credit hours. L. Jorgensen
[JS152]    Israeli Popular Music Listed as Religious Studies 152. Three credit hours. A.
JS181f    Conceptions of Jews and Judaism Listed as Religious Studies 181. Four credit hours. H, I. Freidenreich
JS182s    Jews, Judaism, and the Modern World Listed as Religious Studies 182. Four credit hours. H, I. Freidenreich
[JS219]    Violence and Religion through the Centuries Listed as Religious Studies 219. Four credit hours.
JS221s    The Jews of Maine Listed as Religious Studies 221. Four credit hours. H. Freidenreich
[JS224]    Jewish Theology An introduction to multiple Jewish answers to life's big questions. We will explore how to live the good life, the role of God in determining our fate, the meaning of suffering in our lives, and the relationship between politics and faith. We will interrogate ideas found in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish liturgy, rabbinic texts, and the works of modern thinkers such as Hermann Cohen, Mordecai Kaplan, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Abraham Isaac Kook. Four credit hours.
JS251s    Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Accommodation Listed as Government 251. Four credit hours. S. Denoeux
JS252f    Introduction to Politics of the Middle East Listed as Government 252. Four credit hours. Denoeux
[JS283]    Golden Diaspora: Modern American Jewish History Listed as History 283. Four credit hours. H, U.
[JS322]    Food and Religious Identity Listed as Religious Studies 322. Four credit hours. S.
[JS323]    Holocaust in French Cinema Listed as French 323. Four credit hours.
[JS384]    Religious Responses to Ethical Dilemmas Listed as Religious Studies 384. Four credit hours.
JS387f    Anti-Judaism and Islamophobia in Christian/Western Thought Listed as Religious Studies 387. Four credit hours. I. Freidenreich
JS421f    Research Seminar: Debating the Nazi Past Listed as History 421. Four credit hours. H, W3, I. Scheck
JS491f, 492s    Independent Study One to four credit hours. Faculty