Jewish Studies Minor

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.

Requirements 

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 cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

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 123IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction 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
Shalom Y'all: The Jewish Experience in the American South
A Social History of Jewish Women in America
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Israeli Culture and Society: Collective Memories and Fragmented Identities
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Archaeology of Palestine in the New Testament Period
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Ancient Synagogues
German Culture and the Jewish Question
Jewish American Literature and Culture of the 20th Century
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Jewish Belonging/s: The Material Culture of Jewish Experience
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Composition and Conversation: Immigration, Ethnicities, and Religious Traditions
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Composition and Conversation: Zionism and the Hebrew Language
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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
From Fiddler on the Roof to the Holocaust: East European and Soviet Jewish History
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Early Judaism
Introduction to Modern Judaism
Judaism in Our Time
Prophecy and Divination in Ancient Israel and Judah H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Classical Hebrew I: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Classical Hebrew II: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Modern Jewish Thought H
Introduction to American Judaism
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Religion in Modern Israel
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Post-Holocaust Ethics and Theology H
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Exploring the Dead Sea Scrolls H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Reading the Bible: Now and Then
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Classic Jewish Texts: From Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls to Kabbalah and Hassidism
IDEAs in Action General Education logo History and Culture of Ancient Israel H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Ancient Biblical Interpretation H
Christian-Jewish Relations throughout the Ages
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The History of the Bible in Modern Study
Medieval Jews and the Bible
Islamic and Jewish Legal Literature
The Messiah and the Apocalypse
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sexuality in Jewish Tradition and History
Argentine Jewish Culture
Argentine Jewish Film
Total Hours15
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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.

Department of Religious Studies

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125 Carolina Hall, CB# 3225

(919) 962-5666

Director for Jewish Studies

Patricia Rosenmeyer

dir_jewishstudies@unc.edu

Chair

Barbara Ambros

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Brandon Bayne

bayne@unc.edu

Student Services Manager, Registrar

Myra Quick

quick@unc.edu