The Program

General Education Requirements

The Program offers one course that fulfill the Writing Intensive Requirement, JWST 155; three courses that fulfill the International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement: JWST 155, 286 and 344. Two courses fulfill the Language component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, JWST 101 and 102. The Program also offers Earlham Seminars.

The Minor

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,

OR

  • 18 hours of course work in Jewish Studies.

* Key

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 286 JUDAISM (4 credits)
An introduction to the major texts, themes, ritual practices, and holidays of the Jewish tradition from its inception to the present. The course is divided up into three main sections: 1) the Jewish textual tradition; 2) the Jewish liturgical calendar; and 3) Jewish life-cycle events and daily practices. By looking at a variety of accounts of the tradition – textual, theological, autobiographical, ethnographic - we will examine the similarities and differences between Judaism as it is presented “on the page” and the way it is understood and practiced by Jews today. We will also consider some themes and events in twentieth-century Jewry including the Holocaust, the creation of the State of Israel, and Jewish participation in the feminist movement. Also listed as REL 286 (D-I)

*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 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.

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