Jewish Studies Minor

Department of Religious Studies

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125 Carolina Hall, CB# 3225

(919) 962-5666

Ruth von Bernuth, Director for Jewish Studies

Barbara Ambros, Chair

David Lambert, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Myra Quick, Student Services Manager, Registrar

The undergraduate minor in Jewish studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum that explores the history, literature, culture, and religious life of Jews in their interaction with other peoples from ancient times to the present. It also offers students an opportunity to become more knowledgeable about selected areas of the Jewish experience.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The minor consists of five courses, which must be taken in at least two different departments.

Core Requirements
JWST 100/RELI 123Introduction to Jewish Studies (core course)3
Four elective courses selected from the list below. Of these four courses, one must be a course numbered 400 or higher, and at least one must fulfill the world before 1750 (WB) General Education requirement.12
The Jewish Writer in American Life
Shalom Y'all: The Jewish Experience in the American South
A Social History of Jewish Women in America
The Conflict over Israel/Palestine
First-Year Seminar: Israeli Culture and Society: Collective Memories and Fragmented Identities
Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice
Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity H
The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence
Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music
The Archaeology of Palestine in the New Testament Period
Ancient Synagogues
German Culture and the Jewish Question
Jewish American Literature and Culture of the 20th Century
Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography
Jewish Belongings: Material Culture of the Jewish Experience
First-Year Seminar: Germans, Jews, and the History of Anti-Semitism
Popular and Pious: Early Modern Jewish Literature
Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
Advanced Composition and Conversation: Immigration, Ethnicities, and Religious Traditions
Advanced Composition and Conversation: Zionism and the Hebrew Language
From the Bible to Broadway: Jewish History to Modern Times
The Renaissance and the Jews
Jesus and the Jews: From the Bible to the Big Screen H
1492: The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain
From Fiddler on the Roof to the Holocaust: East European and Soviet Jewish History
History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews
Capstone Course: Themes and Methodologies in Jewish Studies
From Communism to Capitalism: 20th- and 21st-Century Polish Literature and Culture
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature H
Introduction to Early Judaism
Introduction to Modern Judaism
Judaism in Our Time
Prophecy and Divination in Ancient Israel and Judah H
Classical Hebrew I: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
Classical Hebrew II: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
Modern Jewish Thought H
Introduction to American Judaism
Religion in Modern Israel
Post-Holocaust Ethics and Theology H
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism
Exploring the Dead Sea Scrolls H
What Is Scripture? Formations of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Canon
Imagined Jews: Jewish Themes in Polish and Russian Literature
Coming to America: The Slavic Immigrant Experience in Literature
First-Year Seminar: Reading the Bible: Now and Then
Classic Jewish Texts: From Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls to Kabbalah and Hassidism
History and Culture of Ancient Israel H
Ancient Biblical Interpretation H
Christian-Jewish Relations throughout the Ages
The History of the Bible in Modern Study
Medieval Jews and the Bible
Islamic and Jewish Legal Literature
The Messiah and the Apocalypse
Sexuality in Jewish Tradition and History
Argentine Jewish Culture
Argentine Jewish Film
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Additions to this list must be approved by the director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. Only courses in modern Hebrew at the fifth-semester level or higher can count toward the minor. For students minoring in both Jewish studies and religious studies, only two courses can overlap between the two minors.

Although this minor is housed in the Department of Religious Studies, the director of Jewish studies is responsible for advising all students who minor in Jewish studies.

See the program page here for special opportunities.