Jewish Studies Program


The Jewish Studies Program, in the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, is an academic program whose core mission is to educate students in the breadth and complexities of Jewish history, religion, politics, and culture and to situate this learning in the larger context of their liberal arts education. Jewish studies courses engage students of all backgrounds in diverse aspects of Jewish civilization and address themes as divergent as identity formation, prejudice, and intercultural relations. Through the minor in Jewish studies, the program offers students an opportunity to take courses in several disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, including religious studies, history, government, French, and music.

As the only program of its kind in Maine, Jewish studies seeks not only to educate Colby students but also to provide public programming to members of the Maine community through its curricular and cocurricular activities. Though a major in Jewish studies is not offered, interested students are encouraged to consult the director about an independent major.

Faculty

Director, Associate Professor David Freidenreich
Program Steering Committee: Professors Bénédicte Mauguière (French), Véronique Plesch (Art), Raffael Scheck (History), and Robert Weisbrot (History); Associate Professors David Freidenreich (Religious Studies) and John Turner (History); Assistant Professor Rachel Isaacs (Jewish Studies) 


Requirements +

Requirements for the Minor in Jewish Studies

A minimum of six Jewish studies courses, including the two core courses (Religious Studies 181 and 182) and one course at the 300 or 400 level. Jewish Studies 125 does not count toward the minor. Minors may petition to receive credit toward the Jewish studies minor for up to three courses taken at other colleges and universities.

Successful completion of the minor requires a 2.00 average for all requirements above. None of the required courses may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Courses listed below are described in the appropriate department sections of this catalogue.

Other Applicable Courses +

Courses from Other Departments Approved for the Minor in Jewish Studies

French

  • 323 Holocaust in French Cinema

Government

  • 251 Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Accommodation
  • 252 Introduction to Politics of the Middle East

History

  • 283 Golden Diaspora: Modern American Jewish History
  • 421 Research Seminar: Debating the Nazi Past

Music

  • 121 Entartete (Degenerate) Musik

Religious Studies

  • 120 Personal Writings about God
  • 143 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • 152 Israeli Popular Music
  • 181 Conceptions of Jews and Judaism
  • 182 Jews, Judaism, and the Modern World
  • 219 Violence and Religion through the Centuries
  • 221 The Jews of Maine
  • 322 Food and Religious Identity
  • 384 Religious Responses to Ethical Dilemmas
  • 387 Anti-Judaism and Islamophobia in Christian/Western Thought