Jewish Studies | Courses

The Jewish Studies Program: Courses

1000–2999 (lower level, freshman–sophomore)
3000–3999 (upper level, junior)
Hebrew language courses are in the Language and Culture section.

1000–2999:

Klezmer Ensemble
MPE 1360
Refer to Music Undergraduate Courses for description. Formerly also offered as JST 1360.

The Ancient Middle East
HIS 2035
Refer to History Courses for description. Formerly also offered as JST 2035.

Jewish Culture and Civilization
HIS 2040
Refer to History Courses for description. Formerly also offered as JST 2040.

The Bible
LIT 2530
Refer to Literature Courses 1000–2999 for description.

Changed from JST to HIS prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
Issues in the Study of the Holocaust
HIS 2815
Refer to History Courses for description. Formerly also offered as JST 2815.

Changed from JST to LIT prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
Israeli Literature
LIT 2855
Refer to Literature Courses: 1000–2999 for description.

Changed from JST 2871 Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
HIS 2870
Refer to History Courses for description. Formerly also offered as JST 2871.

The Golden Land: American Jewish Literature and Film
LIT 2872
Refer to Literature Courses: 1000–2999 for description. Formerly also offered as JST 2873.

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3000–3999:

Changed from JST to LIT prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15); replaced by LIT 3047 Fall 2016 (2/04/16):
Literature of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
LIT 3037
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.

Added Fall 2016, replaces LIT 3037 (2/04/16):
Literature and Film of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
LIT 3047
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.

Added Spring 2014 (9/13/13), discontinued Fall 2014 (7/23/14):
Between Philosophy and Mysticism in Jewish Thought
JST 3130
/ 4 credits / Alternate years
In the premodern period, philosophy was not separate from mystical experience. This course examines the seams at which philosophy and mysticism meet, specifically those that cross boundaries of religious cultures in Judaism and Islam. It also examines mystic-philosophers, including Maimonides, Abraham, David, and Obadiah Maimon, among others. These philosophies demand new ways of defining mysticism, religion, spirituality, prophecy, revelation, prayer, and meditation.
Formerly also offered as PHI 3130.

Changed from JST to HIS prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
Jews in American Society and Culture
HIS 3209
Refer to History Courses for description.

The Bible and Modern Thought
JST 3210
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
This course addresses some of the ways in which biblical topics are relevant within the context of the modern world. For instance, the prophetic Book of Amos addresses such topics as social justice, doom vs. the possibility of redemption, ritual vs. ethics, and universalism vs. particularism. Students examine these issues as presented in the Bible and discuss how they are germane to the present time.

Changed from JST to HIS prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
Women in the Biblical/Ancient World
HIS 3235
Refer to History Courses for description. Formerly also offered as JST 3235.

Modern European Jewish History
JST 3240
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Focuses on the forces that profoundly transformed Jewish life after 1650. Topics include Hasidism, emancipation, the Jewish Enlightenment, life under the Czar, modern racial anti-Semitism, and the rise of Nazism.
Formerly also offered as HIS 3240.

Changed from JST to HIS prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
The Land of Israel: Ancient to Modern
HIS 3245
Refer to History Courses for description. Formerly also offered as JST 3245.

Changed from JST to HIS prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
Biblical History 1200–200 B.C.
HIS 3255
Refer to History Courses for description.

Added Spring 2015 (9/30/14):
Kafka to Roth
LIT 3266
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description.

Changed from JST to HIS prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
Travelers to the Holy Land
HIS 3295
Refer to History Courses for description.

Encounter and Conflict: History of Jewish-Christian Relations
JST 3325
/ 4 credits / Alternate years
The historical relationship of Judaism and Christianity and the encounter of the Jewish and Christian communities from ancient to contemporary times are examined. Topics include the split between the two religions in late antiquity, medieval disputations, and the challenges of the modern period. Students also examine the varying ways in which texts can be interpreted.
Formerly also offered as HIS 3325.

Discontinued Fall 2016 (2/02/16):
Modern Jewish Philosophy
JST 3330
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Can there be such a thing as a Jewish philosophy or a philosophy of Judaism? How have Jewish traditions participated in philosophical questioning? What is the relationship of religion or theology to philosophy (revelation vs. reason)? This course emphasizes 20th-century considerations of these questions, with readings of Buber, Rosenzweig, Heschel, Fackenheim, Kaplan, Solveitchik, and Levinas, among others.
Formerly also offered as PHI 3330.

Changed from JST to HIS prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
The Archaeology of Ancient Israel
HIS 3335
Refer to History Courses for description.

Politics and Archaeology
HIS 3337
Refer to History Courses for description. Formerly also offered as JST 3337.

Added Spring 2015 (1/10/14), discontinued before running (7/23/14):
Messianism in the Frankfurt School: Adorno and Benjamin
PHI 3340
Refer to Philosophy Courses for description.

Added Fall 2014 (1/10/14), discontinued before running (7/23/14):
Philosophy, Mysticism, and Medieval Monotheisms
PHI 3345
Refer to Philosophy Courses for description.

Added Fall 2015 (3/06/15):
Responsibility and Judgment: Postwar European Philosophy
PHI 3360
Refer to Philosophy Courses for description.

Music and Cultural Expression in the Middle East
JST 3405
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Examines the interrelations of musical practice and sociocultural processes in the Middle East. Through the study of Middle Eastern pop, indigenous, religious, and classical art music, students explore music and religion, contemporary politics, and gender formations as well as composition and improvisation techniques.
Formerly also offered as MUS 3405.

Changed from JST to HIS prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
Archaeological Issues in the Southern Levant
HIS 3455
Refer to History Courses for description.

Changed from JST to HIS prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
Methods and Techniques in Field Archaeology
HIS 3456
Refer to History Courses for description.

Discontinued 10/26/15:
Archaeological Field Survey and Study
JST 3457
/ 3 credits / Alternate years (Summer, in Israel)
Students participate in an archaeological ground survey and are introduced to methods of processing and analyzing ceramics and artifacts. This intensive two-week course, which is primarily a field practicum combined with lectures, is part of Archaeology in Israel, a summer study-abroad program.
Formerly also offered as HIS 3457 and ANT 3457.

Added Spring 2014 (9/13/13); changed from JST to LIT prefix Spring 2016 (10/26/15):
Imagining America’s Yiddish World: Writings and Performance
LIT 3570
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description. Formerly also offered as JST 3570.

Theatrical Representations of the Holocaust
JST 3709
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Critics agree that the world of the concentration camps and ghettos is impossible to duplicate on stage. Despite serious aesthetic and practical constraints, playwrights in Europe, Israel, and America have, for the last five decades, created a diverse group of plays dealing with this unprecedented 20th-century event. Works examined in class include documentary dramas, realistic reenactments, absurdist plays, a comedy, and a standup routine.
Formerly also offered as LIT 3709 and THP 3709.

Literature of the Holocaust
LIT 3725
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description. Formerly also offered as JST 3725.

The Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIS 3780
Refer to History Courses for description. Formerly also offered as JST 3780.

Updated Feb. 4, 2016

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