General Education Requirements
The Program offers seven courses that fulfill the Comparative Practices Requirement, JWST 155, 251, 252, 253, 254, 285 and 371; eight courses that fulfill the International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement: JWST 155, 251, 252, 253, 254, 285, 344 and 371. Two courses fulfill the Language component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, JWST 101 and 102. The Program also offers Earlham Seminars.
Students may complete the Jewish Studies Minor in either of two ways:
- Biblical Hebrew I and II (or demonstrate proficiency in Yiddish or Modern Hebrew) and at least 9 hours of additional course work in Jewish Studies,
- 18 hours of course work in Jewish Studies.
Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:
- (A-AP) = Arts - Applied
- (A-TH) = Arts - Theoretical/Historical
- (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
- (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
- (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
- (D-I) = Diversity - International
- (D-L) = Diversity - Language
- (ES) = Earlham Seminar
- (IE) = Immersive Experience
- (RCH) = Research
- (SI) = Scientific Inquiry
- (W) = Wellness
- (WI) = Writing Intensive
- (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year
*JWST 101 BIBLICAL HEBREW I (5 credits) (D-L)
*JWST 102 BIBLICAL HEBREW II (5 credits) (D-L)
JWST 145 READINGS IN JEWISH TEXTS I (1-2 credits)
Provides hourly study sessions once a week on important passages in key texts in Jewish culture. Recent classes have studied Torah portions, Talmudic tractates, selected Midrash, medieval poetry, Yiddish stories and Israeli poetry.
*JWST 150 EARLHAM SEMINAR (4 credits)
Offered for first-year students. Topics vary. (ES)
*JWST 155 HEBREW SCRIPTURES (4 credits)
An examination of the religion of Israel expressed in selected portions of the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) in light of the results of modern critical study and within the context of ancient Near Eastern culture and history. Prerequisite: An Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as REL 155. (WI, D-I)
JWST 245 READINGS IN JEWISH TEXTS II (1-2 credits)
Furthers study begun in JWST 145. Prerequisite: JWST 145.
*JWST 251 MEDIEVAL JEWISH HISTORY (4 credits)
The study of Jews as a nation among the nations from Second Temple times until the beginning of emancipation in the 18th century. Topics include law and self-government, treatment of Jews in Moslem and Christian societies, the development of Jewish thought and practice, and the experiences of Jewish women. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as HIST 251. (WI, D-I) Offered every three years.
*JWST 252 MODERN JEWISH HISTORY (4 credits)
Examines the history of the Jews in Europe from the 17th century to 1948, with a particular focus on the causes of the Holocaust. Topics include the process of Jewish Emancipation, the challenges of acculturation and assimilation, and the emergence of modern Anti-Semitism. Focuses on the interrelated cultural and political responses to the crisis of modernity within the Jewish world. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as HIST 252. (WI, D-I) (AY)
*JWST 253 JEWS SINCE 1945 (4 credits)
After the Holocaust, 80 percent of the world's Jews lived in either the United States or Israel. A study of the profound cultural, political and philosophical changes accompanying this geographical change. Special attention to the Jewish communities of the United States and the effects of Jewish statehood in Israel. Readings include novels as well as histories. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as HIST 253. (WI, D-I) (AY)
*JWST 254 THE HOLOCAUST AND FILM (4 credits)
Examines the question of the representation of the Holocaust as a historical event and asks how we, as citizens, can provide an adequate ethical commitment to the memory of this event. Questions asked concern issues of memory and trauma, how to do justice to survivors' experience, how to understand the scope of the Holocaust. Also examines the limitations of explanatory modes and specific issues pertaining to cinematographic representation. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as FILM 254 and HIST 254. (WI, D-I) (AY)
*JWST 285 JUDAISM (4 credits)
An introduction to the evolution of Jewish values from the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE until the present. In addition to offering a historical overview of Jewish thought and practice, particular attention to Jewish responses to modernity and to challenge and change in contemporary Judaism. Also listed as REL 285. (WI, D-I) (AY)
*JWST 344 NEW VOICES: GERMAN JEWISH WRITERS (2 credits)
Examines issues of Jewish identity in postwar Germany and Austria and what it is like to live there as a Jew today. This seven-week seminar studies the prose, poetry and essays of German Jewish writers. Also listed as GER 344. Course offered in German (first seven weeks) and English (second seven weeks). (D-I) (AY)
JWST 345 READINGS IN JEWISH TEXTS III (1-2 credits)
Furthers study begun in JWST 245. Prerequisite: JWST 245.
JWST 347 EUROPE AND THE WORLD WARS (4 credits)
Research Credit. Explores the tumultuous era of European history spanning from the outbreak of the First World War to the conclusion of World War II. Topics include the causes and legacy of the “Great War,” the outbreak of postwar revolutions, modernist culture in the interwar Europe, the rise of Fascism and Stalinism, ethnic cleansing during the Second World War, and the Holocaust. Attention to the relationship between class, gender, and race in interwar European culture. Prerequisite: A Comparative Practices course, or consent of the instructor. Also listed as HIST 347. (AY)
*JWST 371 ZIONISM AND MODERN ISRAEL (4 credits)
Examines Jewish political theory and the original texts of Zionists and the role of war and diplomacy in creating mandatory Palestine and recognizing the new State of Israel. Offers a comprehensive study of Israeli domestic history along with the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as HIST 371. (WI, D-I)
JWST 445 READINGS IN JEWISH TEXTS IV (1-2 credits)
Furthers study begun in JWST 345. Prerequisite: JWST 345.
JWST 484 FORD/KNIGHT RESEARCH PROJECT (1-4 credits)
Collaborative research with faculty funded by the Ford/Knight Program.
JWST 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)
Investigation of a specific topic conceived and planned by the student in consultation with a faculty supervisor. Culminates in a comprehensive report prepared in the style of a thesis or research paper.