Jewish Studies


Requirements for the Concentration in Jewish Studies

Number of Units
Six units are required.

Required Course
HIST/RELG 107, Introduction to Jewish Traditions


5 additional courses from the following list:
HEBR 101 Beginning Hebrew
HEBR 102 Beginning Hebrew II
HEBR 103 Intermediate Hebrew
HIST/RELG 218 The American Jewish Experience
HIST/RELG 263 Jews in a Changing Europe, 1750-1880
HIST/RELG 264 Jewish Revolutions, 1881-1967
HIST/RELG 265 Zionism: from Idea to State
HIST/RELG 267 Women and Judaism
HIST/RELG/SEMN 268 Jews on Film
POLS 330 The Politics of the Holocaust
POLS 335 The Politics of Contemporary Antisemitism
RELG 160 Hebrew Bible
RELG 210 Sex and the Bible

Hebrew studies are recommended, but not required, for the concentration.

Note: New courses related to Jewish Studies may be approved throughout the year that are not on the elective list. Students are encouraged to ask the Program Director for permission to count such courses as electives for the concentration. Additional special topics one-time course offerings may count as electives depending on content (e.g. HIST, RELG); please discuss the suitability of these courses with the Program Director.

Study Abroad
Concentrators are encouraged (but not required) to consider Study Abroad programs that will expand their knowledge in Jewish Studies.  These include programs at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, as well as several European sites.  The Israel programs provide opportunities to study Middle Eastern affairs as well as aspects of Jewish culture that complement the course offerings at the College.  Students are encouraged to discuss their academic plans with the director in advance of studying abroad, as certain courses may count toward the concentration.