JEWISH STUDIES (JWST)

JWST 56. First-Year Seminar: Germans, Jews, and the History of Anti-Semitism. 3 Credits.

This course seeks to explore the historically difficult position of minorities in the modern world, using the situation of Jews in Germany from the 18th century to the Holocaust as a case study.
Gen Ed: HS, CI, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: GERM 56.

JWST 60. First-Year Seminar: Israeli Culture and Society: Collective Memories and Fragmented Identities. 3 Credits.

The course explores selected themes and case studies pertinent to culture and society in modern Israel, with emphasis on debates about "Israeliness" in various cultural and social arenas.
Gen Ed: BN.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: ASIA 60.

JWST 100. Introduction to Jewish Studies. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the broad scope of Jewish history, culture, and identity, from biblical times to the 21st century and from the Middle East to the New World.
Gen Ed: HS, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 123.

JWST 101. Elementary Modern Hebrew I. 3 Credits.

Introduces the essential elements of modern Hebrew structure and vocabulary and aspects of modern Israeli culture. Aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing are stressed.
Gen Ed: FL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HEBR 101.

JWST 102. Elementary Modern Hebrew II. 3 Credits.

Continued instruction in the essential elements of modern Hebrew structure and vocabulary and aspects of modern Israeli culture. Aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing are stressed.
Requisites: Prerequisite, HEBR 101.
Gen Ed: FL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HEBR 102.

JWST 103. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to the various books of the Hebrew Bible and to the history and culture of ancient Israel, focusing on the formation of national identity, ancient conceptualizations of divinity, ritual practice, and modes of social regulation, all of which are set against the background of the ancient Near East.
Gen Ed: BN, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 103.

JWST 106. Introduction to Early Judaism. 3 Credits.

This course surveys Jewish history and religion during the Second Temple and Rabbinic periods, from the destruction of the First Jewish Temple (Solomon's Temple) in 586 BCE to the Muslim conquest of Palestine (640 CE).
Gen Ed: HS, BN, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 106.

JWST 107. Introduction to Modern Judaism. 3 Credits.

The course offers a comprehensive understanding of the development of Judaism from the late Middle Ages to contemporary times.
Gen Ed: HS, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 107.

JWST 110. The Archaeology of Palestine in the New Testament Period. 3 Credits.

This course surveys the archaeology of Palestine (modern Israel and Jordan) from the Persian period (ca. 586 BCE) to the Muslim conquest (640 CE).
Gen Ed: HS, BN, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 110, CLAR 110.

JWST 143. Judaism in Our Time. 3 Credits.

An examination of Judaism in its two major centers, demonstrating how different social and cultural environments shape very different interpretations and practices of the Jewish tradition.
Gen Ed: SS, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 143.

JWST 153. From the Bible to Broadway: Jewish History to Modern Times. 3 Credits.

This class surveys the history of the Jews from ancient to modern times. It focuses on the development of Jewish religion, culture identity, and politics in Jewish communities in the Western, Atlantic and Middle Eastern Worlds. It also explores the development of antisemitism and anti-Jewish violence.
Gen Ed: HS, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 153.

JWST 203. Intermediate Modern Hebrew I. 3 Credits.

Second-year instruction in the essential elements of modern Hebrew structure and vocabulary and aspects of modern Israeli culture. Aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing are stressed. An introduction to representative literary works is included.
Requisites: Prerequisite, HEBR 102.
Gen Ed: FL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HEBR 203.

JWST 204. Intermediate Modern Hebrew II. 3 Credits.

Continued instruction in the essential elements of modern Hebrew structure and vocabulary and aspects of modern Israeli culture. Aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing are stressed. An introduction to representative literary works is included.
Requisites: Prerequisite, HEBR 203.
Gen Ed: FL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HEBR 204.

JWST 206. Prophecy and Divination in Ancient Israel and Judah. 3 Credits.

An examination of prophecy and divination in the Israelite-Jewish traditions and in their environments, including an analysis of the major biblical prophets.
Gen Ed: BN, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 206.

JWST 211. Classical Hebrew I: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the culture and history of ancient Israel through an exploration of the language of the Hebrew Bible. Students will learn the essentials for basic engagement with biblical Hebrew, then consider what this linguistic evidence reveals about the historical and cultural background of the Hebrew Bible.
Gen Ed: BN, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 211.

JWST 212. Classical Hebrew II: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 3 Credits.

This course explores the linguistic background of the Hebrew Bible, giving special attention to the literary aspect of biblical interpretation. Specific topics include the forms of the Hebrew verb, prose and poetic genres in the Hebrew Bible, wordplay and repetition, narration and dialogue.
Requisites: Prerequisite, RELI 211.
Gen Ed: LA, BN.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 212.

JWST 224. Modern Jewish Thought. 3 Credits.

This course examines how contemporary thinkers have considered philosophy, ethics, and theology from a Jewish perspective. Methodological points of inquiry include: the role of interpretation in Judaism, revelation and redemption, authority and tradition, pluralism and inclusion, suffering and evil, gender and Jewish philosophy, and 20th-century approaches to God.
Gen Ed: PH, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 224.

JWST 225. Popular and Pious: Early Modern Jewish Literature. 3 Credits.

This seminar covers popular and pious literature written by and for Jews in the 15th to 18th century in German-speaking countries. Originally written in Old Yiddish, this literature preserved the popular European genres and nonfiction accounts of Jewish community and family life.
Gen Ed: LA, NA, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: GERM 225.

JWST 235. Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity. 3 Credits.

The course explores major periods and trends in Israeli cinema. Focus is given to issues pertaining to gender, ethnicity, and the construction of national identity.
Gen Ed: VP, BN, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: ASIA 235, PWAD 235.

JWST 239. German Culture and the Jewish Question. 3 Credits.

A study of the role of Jews and the "Jewish question" in German culture from 1750 to the Holocaust and beyond. Discussions and texts (literary, political, theological) in English.
Gen Ed: HS, GL, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: GERM 270, CMPL 270, RELI 239.

JWST 243. Introduction to American Judaism. 3 Credits.

Course provides a comprehensive introduction to American Judaism, its various movements, institutions, theological, and liturgical characteristics, as well as its standing within the larger framework of religious life in America.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 243.

JWST 253. A Social History of Jewish Women in America. 3 Credits.

Course examines the history and culture of Jewish women in America from their arrival in New Amsterdam in 1654 to the present and explores how gender shaped this journey.
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: AMST 253, WMST 253.

JWST 262. History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews. 3 Credits.

Anti-Semitism; the Jews of Europe; the Hitler dictatorship; evolution of Nazi Jewish policy from persecution to the Final Solution; Jewish response; collaborators, bystanders, and rescuers; aftermath.
Gen Ed: HS, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 262, PWAD 262.

JWST 289. Jewish American Literature and Culture of the 20th Century. 3 Credits.

Through readings in a wide range of genres, this course will examine major factors and influences shaping Jewish American literature and culture in the 20th century.
Gen Ed: LA, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: ENGL 289.

JWST 305. Advanced Modern Hebrew I. 3 Credits.

Third year of instruction in modern Hebrew with an emphasis on Israeli culture, literature, and media.
Requisites: Prerequisite, HEBR 204.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HEBR 305.

JWST 306. Advanced Modern Hebrew II. 3 Credits.

Third year of instruction in modern Hebrew with an emphasis on Israeli culture, literature, and media.
Requisites: Prerequisite, HEBR 305.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HEBR 306.

JWST 308. The Renaissance and the Jews. 3 Credits.

The Renaissance (1300-1600) is known as a time of great artistic, scientific, and political renewal. But did Jews, the only religious minority in Europe, get an opportunity to benefit from and participate in that progress? This class studies the history of the Jews at a time of great cultural change.
Gen Ed: HS, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 308.

JWST 311. Ghettos and Shtetls? Urban Life in East European Jewish History. 3 Credits.

The migration of Jewish populations from small towns to large cities in Eastern Europe altered notions of Jewish community, space, cultures, and identities. This course will explore the roles of ghetto and shtetl in both history and memory of the Jewish past, drawing on memoirs, literature, film, and photography.
Gen Ed: HS, BN.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 311.

JWST 330. Jesus and the Jews: From the Bible to the Big Screen. 3 Credits.

This class will study the history of the claim that the Jews are responsible for Christ's death. Students will examine the power of this idea to travel through time and space and discuss how it is portrayed differently and with different purposes throughout history. Honors version available
Gen Ed: HS, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 330.

JWST 343. Religion in Modern Israel. 3 Credits.

Examines the major religious groups that operate in the state of Israel and influence its social and cultural development; analyzes the relationship among religion, state, and society in Israel.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 343.

JWST 357. The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to examine Jewish life in Arab lands in the last century by examining culture, language, and the communal life that the Arab-Jews shared with their neighbors.
Gen Ed: GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: ASIA 357.

JWST 360. The Jewish Writer in American Life. 3 Credits.

This course will investigate, through literature, film, and song, the encounter of Eastern European Jews and their descendants with Anglo-Protestant America over four generations.
Gen Ed: LA, NA, US.
Grading status: Letter grade.

JWST 412. 20th-Century Polish Literature and Culture. 3 Credits.

A survey of the major works of 20th-century Polish literature and culture in English translation. Some readings in Polish for students who can use the language.
Gen Ed: LA, BN.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: PLSH 412.

JWST 420. Post-Holocaust Ethics and Theology. 3 Credits.

This course examines the challenges posed to ethics and theology by the Holocaust. We will address philosophical and moral issues such as the problem of evil, divine omniscience, omnipotence, suffering, theodicy, representation, testimony, and an ethics of memory.
Gen Ed: PH, CI.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 420.

JWST 425. Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Collaborations in Cinema and Literature. 3 Credits.

Focuses on the various collaborations, exchanges, and mutual enrichment between Israelis and Palestinians in the realm of culture, particularly literature and cinema. These connections include language (Israeli Jewish authors writing in Arabic and Palestinian writers who choose Hebrew as their language of expression), collaborating in filmmaking, and joint educational initiatives.
Gen Ed: BN, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: ASIA 425, PWAD 425.

JWST 436. Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice. 3 Credits.

Employing Zionist and post- and anti-Zionist documents, treatises, and mostly literary and cinematic texts, this class will focus on the relations between language, Jewish-Israeli identity, and the notion of homeland.
Gen Ed: BN.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HEBR 436.

JWST 444. Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism. 3 Credits.

The seminar examines the developments in gender roles and in sexuality in contemporary Judaism.
Gen Ed: CI, NA.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 444, WMST 448.

JWST 451. 1492: The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain. 3 Credits.

The largest and most prosperous Jewry of Europe lived in medieval Spain. The 1492 expulsion, driven by the Inquisition and Catholic monarchy, not only ended Spanish Jewish life but also forced a traumatic redefinition of Jewish identity. This course focuses on the causes and consequences of the expulsion of 1492.
Gen Ed: HS, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 451.

JWST 464. Imagined Jews: Jewish Themes in Polish and Russian Literature. 3 Credits.

Explores the fictional representation of Jewish life in Russia and Poland by Russian, Polish, and Jewish authors from the 19th century to the present. Taught in English; some foreign language readings for qualified students.
Gen Ed: LA, BN.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: SLAV 464.

JWST 465. Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in Russia and Eastern Europe. 3 Credits.

Literary representation in fiction, poetry, memoirs, and other genres of the mass annihilation and terror in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union under the Nazi and Communist regimes. Taught in English; some foreign language readings for qualified students.
Gen Ed: LA, BN, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: SLAV 465, PWAD 465.

JWST 469. Coming to America: The Slavic Immigrant Experience in Literature. 3 Credits.

Fictional and autobiographical expressions of the Slavic and East European immigrant experience in the 20th century. Readings include Russian, Polish, Jewish, and Czech authors from early 1900s to present. Taught in English; some foreign language readings for qualified students.
Gen Ed: LA, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: SLAV 469.

JWST 476. Borderlands: Religion and Ethnicity in Modern East Central Europe. 3 Credits.

The history of modern Eastern, East Central, and southeastern Europe has been shaped by the ethnic and religious diversity of the regions. This course examines experiences in the Russian, Habsburg, and Ottoman Empires and their successor states from the 19th century to the present day.
Gen Ed: HS, BN.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 476.

JWST 485. Modern East European Jewish History. 3 Credits.

Eastern Europe was one of the largest centers of Jewish civilization from premodern times to the Second World War, giving rise to important religious, cultural, and political developments in Jewish modernity. This course examines main developments of Jewish society from the late 18th century until the aftermath of the Holocaust.
Gen Ed: HS, BN.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: HIST 485.

JWST 486. Shalom Y'all: The Jewish Experience in the American South. 3 Credits.

This course explores ethnicity in the South and focuses on the history and culture of Jewish Southerners from their arrival in the Carolinas in the 17th century to the present day.
Gen Ed: HS, CI, US.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: AMST 486.

JWST 503. Exploring the Dead Sea Scrolls. 3 Credits.

A comprehensive introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the different Jewish groups connected with them.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 503.

JWST 512. Ancient Synagogues. 3 Credits.

This is a course on ancient synagogues in Palestine and the Diaspora from the Second Temple period to the seventh century CE.
Requisites: Prerequisite, RELI 110; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Gen Ed: VP, BN, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 512, CLAR 512.

JWST 602. What Is Scripture? Formations of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Canon. 3 Credits.

The course traces the past and continued canonical processes that define what the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament has been and is today, with a focus on the history of biblical interpretation.
Gen Ed: LA, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: RELI 602.

JWST 697. Capstone Course: Themes and Methodologies in Jewish Studies. 3 Credits.

Required of majors in religious studies with a concentration in Jewish studies; graduate students may enroll. Concentrating on a different theme each year, the course offers intensive grounding in key areas of and approaches to Jewish studies. Combines exploration of broad topics with scholarly rigor and specificity.
Gen Ed: CI.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit. 6 total credits. 2 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.