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About the Jewish Studies Minor

The Jewish Studies minor introduces students to a multi-disciplinary study of Jewish histories, Jewish texts and their multiple interpretations, Jewish experiences and Jewish identities. Our students learn a broad range of methods and critical concepts in order to investigate these issues within their social, cultural, historical and political contexts.

The Jewish Studies minor appeals to students from humanities and social sciences departments including History, Religious Studies, American Studies, and Sociology. A minor in Jewish Studies prepares students to pursue a variety of humanities-related careers. Students who have minored in Jewish Studies at UCD have gone on to rabbinical and cantorial training, graduate school, law school, and teaching among other careers. The Jewish Studies minor has recently been expanded to reflect the many courses offered and made more flexible so that students can take an array of courses in different areas or pursue their particular interests in a specific discipline. More student choice, more course choices from which to choose.


The Jewish Studies Minor consists of 20 units, only five courses!


Students must complete:

A) One lower-division course (4 units) selected from the following list:

History 11: History of the Jewish People from Biblical Times

Jewish Studies 10: Introduction to Jewish Cultures

Religious Studies 12: The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Religious Studies 21: Hebrew Scriptures -OR- Religious Studies 23: Introduction to Judaism

- AND -

B) Any 4 upper-division courses (16 units) selected from the following list:



ANT 191--Topics in Anthropology ** see below

** Winter 2016 only

Art History/Human Rights

AHI/HMR 120A--Art, Architecture and Human Rights


Comparative Literature

COM 147--Modern Jewish Writers

COM 195--Seminar in Comparative Literature ** see below

** Spring 2016 only


FRE 108--Modern French Culture



ENG 171A--The Bible as Literature: The Old Testament

ENG179--Topics in Comparative American Literatures



GER 116--Readings in Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture

GER 117--After the Catastrophe: Jews and Jewish Life in Post-1945 Germany

GER 141--The Holocaust and its Literary Representation



HEB 100A--Advanced Modern Hebrew I

HEB 100B--Advanced Modern Hebrew II

HEB 100C--Advanced Modern Hebrew III



HIS 102 ** see below

HIS 112A--Topics Pre-Modern Jewish History

HIS 112B--Topics in Modern Jewish History

HIS 112C--History of Jews in the Muslim World

HIS 113--History of Modern Israel

HIS 142A--History of the Holocaust

HIS 142B--The Memory of the Holocaust

** Depending upon the topic, some HIS 102’s will count toward the JS Minor. Students should consult with the JS course list on the JS website to see whether a particular HIS 102 counts OR get in touch with the Director of JS.


Human Rights

AHI/HMR 120A--Art, Architecture and Human Rights

HMR 131--Genocide


Jewish Studies

JST 101--Topics in Jewish Thought

JST 110--Selected Topics in Jewish Literature

JST 111--Israeli Writing Since 1960

JST 112--Readings in Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture

JST 120--Cinema and the American Jewish Experience

JST 121--Oral History and Jewish Life


Political Science

POL 135--International Politics of the Middle East

POL 136--The Arab-Israeli Conflict


Religious Studies

RST 122--Studies in Biblical Texts

RST 126--Formation of the Rabbinic Tradition

RST 125--Dead Sea Scrolls, Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha

RST 130--Sex in Ancient Judaism and Christianity

RST 150--Religious Ethics 


RUS 130--Contemporary Russian Culture



SOC 174--Sociology of the Jewish Experience


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