Jewish Studies Program


Courses of Study

[JS121]    Entartete (Degenerate) Musik Listed as Music 121. Three credit hours. A, I.
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. Four 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. Four credit hours. Isaacs
JS143f    Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Listed as Religious Studies 143. Four credit hours. L. Sonia
JS144s    Introduction to the New Testament Listed as Religious Studies 144. Four credit hours. L. Sonia
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.
[JS221]    The Jews of Maine Listed as Religious Studies 221. Four credit hours. H.
[JS223]    Religion in the Modern State of Israel Listed as Religious Studies 223. Two credit hours.
[JS226]    Community Organizing and Social Justice For decades, ordinary citizens have exercised their power on a local and state level using the principles of congregation-based community organizing (CBCO). In this hands-on introduction to the principles of CBCO, students will learn how to organize to build power and create political change. With special attention to the Jewish texts that underlie this work, we will focus on the history of Jewish involvement in social justice movements as a case study for making change. Guest speakers from across the country will share their experiences. Three credit hours.
JS251f    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. S. Denoeux
[JS283]    Golden Diaspora: Modern American Jewish History Listed as History 283. Four credit hours. H, U.
JS285s    Faith, Class, and Community Listed as Religious Studies 285. Four credit hours. U. Freidenreich
JS297f    Contemporary Challenges in Israeli Society Explores three major tensions that have emerged in Israel's pursuit of joining a democratic world order while ingathering Jewish exiles: (1) competing nationalisms, namely Zionism and Palestinian nationalism; (2) the integration of Jewish ethnic minorities into a shared Israeli identity; and (3) the relationship between religion and state. In excavating Israel's contemporary challenges, students will explore disagreeing worldviews and identify how tensions between competing values underpin conflict more broadly. This course focuses on Israel's internal landscape, within the boundaries of its internationally-recognized borders. Four credit hours. I. Cohen Fisher
[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.
[JS346]    Jews of Germany, Past and Present Listed as Religious Studies 346. Four credit hours. H, I.
[JS387]    Anti-Judaism and Islamophobia in Christian/Western Thought Listed as Religious Studies 387. Four credit hours. I.
JS397f    Vienna 1900: Works from a Major Private Collection Listed as Art 397. Four credit hours. Plesch
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