Curriculum

  1. A multi-faceted understanding of Jewish civilization, history, culture, and religion (C)
  2. The experience of deep engagement with secular and religious Jewish texts and textuality (T)
  3. An understanding of historical and contemporary relations between Jews and Christians and the effects of this history on Jewish and Christians memory and identity (R)
  4. An experience of the Jewish world from multiple disciplinary perspectives

Students must take at least one course serving each of the first three learning goals (designated by the abbreviations C, T, and R). To achieve learning goal number four, they are strongly encouraged to take courses from three or four different academic disciplines, although the minimum requirement is two. The curriculum is designed to offer students both breadth and flexibility so that the minor can be tailored to each person's unique academic program. Opportunities in the minor for community-engaged and experiential learning include a seminar in Israel in early January and a 3-credit history internship at the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Student are also eligible to take course in the Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati, easily accessible on the Metro*Plus bus route.

Courses:

Careful academic planning can enable students to fulfill Core requirements as they earn a Jewish Studies minor. When a course in the minor also meets a Core requirement, such as a "Perspectives" course or an E/RS class, this is indicated below.
 
 
 CLAS 171

Ancient Iraq and Bible Lands (C)

       (Historical Perspectives)

CLAS 173

Intro to Biblical Hebrew (C or T)

CLAS 211 The Dead Sea Scrolls (C or T)
CLAS 251

Near Eastern Mythology: Art (C)

       (Creative Perspectives)

CLAS 252

Near Eastern Mythology: Literature (C or T)

       (Historical Perspectives)

CLAS 307

Biblical Archaeology (C)

       (Scientific Perspectives)

ENGL 205

Literature and the Moral Imagination (Finkelstein sections) (C or T)

        (Fulfills E/RS Literature Requirement)

ENGL 336

Israeli Literature (C or T)

          (Humanities Elective)

ENGL 350

Modern Jewish Fiction (C or T)

          (Humanities Elective)

 

ENGL 351

Jewish American Literature (C or T)

          (Humanities Elective)

HIST 264

Hellenism, Judaism, and Christianity (C or T or R)

HIST 351

Zionism and Modern Israel (offered as a tutorial on demand) (C)

HIST 464

Russian Jewish History (offered as a tutorial on demand) (C)

HIST XXX

Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education Internship (C)

PHIL 200

Judaism and the Enlightenment (C or T)

           (Philosophical Perspectives)         
PHIL 309

Medieval Islamic Philosophy [The second half of this course explores the influence of medieval Islamic philosophy on medieval Jewish thought] (C or T)

PHIL 383

Spinoza (C or T)

           (Humanities Elective)

THEO 211

The Dead Sea Scrolls (C or T) 

           (Theological Foundations)

THEO 273

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (C or T)

           (Theological Perspectives)

THEO 280

Readings in Biblical Hebrew (C or T)

          (Theological Perspectives)

THEO 281

Readings in Biblical Hebrew II (C or T)

          (Theological Perspectives)

THEO 283

Jewish/Christian Dialogue (R)

          (Theological Perspectives)

THEO 284

Jews and the Gospels (C or T or R)

          (Theological Perspectives)

THEO 296

Jewish Interpretations of Job (C or T)

          (Theological Perspectives)

THEO 319

Anti-Semitism: The Great Hatred (R)

          (Theological Perspectives or Humanities Elective)

THEO 329

Judaism and Ritual (C)

          (Theological Perspectives or Humanities Elective)

THEO 352

Judaism: Customs, Practice, and Belief (C)

          (Theological Perspectives or Humanities Elective)

THEO 346

Hellenism, Judaism, and Christianity (C or R)

         (Theological Perspectives or Humanities Elective)

THEO 351

Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures (C or T)

         (Theological Perspectives or Humanities Elective)

THEO 353

The Holocaust (C or R)

         (Theological Perspectives or Humanities Elective)

THEO 382

Interfaith Relations in Israel (R)

         (Theological Perspectives or Humanities Elective)

THEO 394

Hebrew Bible: Ethical Living (C or T)

         (Theological Perspectives or Humanities Elective)

THEO 477

Jewish and Christian Bioethics (C or R)

        (Theological Perspectives or Humanities Elective)

THEO 491

Healing Deadly Memories (R)

        (Theological Perspectives or Humanities Elective)