Jewish Studies Minor; Jewish Studies

(College of Letters and Science)

David Biale, Ph.D., Program Director

Department Office. 2216 Social Sciences and Humanities Building; 530-752-9241; http://jewishstudies.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://jewishstudies.ucdavis.edu/core-faculty.html

The Program in Jewish Studies offers students the opportunity to explore Jewish history, communities, literature, religion, and culture in a comparative perspective and multicultural framework. Courses include Hebrew language instruction as well as the study of classical and modern Jewish texts in translation.

The interdisciplinary minor in Jewish Studies provides an introduction to the study of Jewish culture, thought, history, and literature. Students learn a broad range of methodologies and critical concepts in these areas and gain insight into the relation between Jewish identities, histories, and representations and those of the cultures in which Jews throughout the world have lived.

The Program in Jewish Studies will be of special interest to students in History, Religious Studies, Comparative Literature and Sociology as well as other fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Advising. Jewish Studies Program office; dbiale@ucdavis.edu.

Jewish Studies
Units: 20
Choose one:
4
HIS 011
History of the Jewish People in the Modern World (Active)
4
JST 010
Introduction to Jewish Cultures (Active)
4
RST 012
The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Active)
4
RST 021
The Bible and Its Interpreters (Active)
4
RST 023
Introduction to Judaism (Active)
4
Choose four:
16
COM 147
Modern Jewish Writers (Active)
4
ENL 171A
The Bible as Literature: The Old Testament (Active)
4
GER 116
Readings in Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture (Active)
4
GER 117
After the Catastrophe: Jews and Jewish Life in Post-1945 Germany (Active)
4
GER 127
Major Writers in German (Active)*
4
GER 141
The Holocaust and its Literary Representation (Active)
4
HIS 110
Themes in World History (Active)`
4
HIS 112A
Topics in Pre-Modern Jewish History (Active)
4
HIS 112B
Topics in Modern Jewish History (Active)
4
HIS 112C
History of Jews in the Muslim World (Active)
4
HIS 113
History of Modern Israel (Active)
4
HIS 142A
History of the Holocaust (Active)
4
HIS 142B
The Memory of the Holocaust (Active)
4
JST 101
Topics in Jewish Thought (Active)
4
JST 110
Selected Topics in Jewish Literature (Active)
4
JST 111
Israeli Writing Since 1960 (Active)
4
JST 112
Readings in Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture (Active)
4
JST 120
Cinema and the American Jewish Experience (Active)
4
JST 121
Oral History and Jewish Life (Active)
4
HIS 011
History of the Jewish People in the Modern World (Active)
4
RST 012
The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Active)
4
RST 102
Christian Origins (Active)
4
RST 123
Sex and Gender in the Bible (Active)
4
RST 124
Topics in Judaism (Active)
4
RST 125
Dead Sea Scrolls, Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha (Active)
4
RST 126
The Formation of the Rabbinic Tradition (Active)
4
RST 130
Topics in Religious Studies (Active)+
4
RST 135
The Bible and Film (Active)
4
RUS 120
Topics in Russian Literature and Culture (Active)#
4
POL 135
International Politics of the Middle East (Active)
4
POL 136
The Arab-Israeli Conflict (Active)
4
POL 179
Special Studies in Comparative Politics (Active)^
4
SOC 174
American Jewish Identities and Communities (Active)
4
*When course covers a Jewish writer.
`When topic is AntiSemitism and Islamophobia.
+When topic is Doom: The End of the World and After
#When topic is Jews in Russian Literature and Culture
^When topic is Israeli Politics
Total: 20
Courses in JST:
JST 010Introduction to Jewish Cultures (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper—1 hour(s). Diverse Jewish cultures created over the past 2,000 years using examples from less-familiar communities such as India, China, and Ethiopia. Topics include the tensions between homeland/diaspora and questions of identity (race, nationality, culture, or religion). (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2002 Winter Quarter.
JST 101Topics in Jewish Thought (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): JST 010 or RST 023; or Consent of Instructor. Selected themes in Jewish thought in historical and social perspective. This course traces the historical development of topics in Jewish thought such as Messianism, or focuses on one specific historical period, such as modern Jewish thought. May be repeated for credit May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Spring Quarter.
JST 110Selected Topics in Jewish Literature (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): One lower division literature or Jewish Studies course or consent of instructor. Literature written about the Jewish experience, treated in its historical and social context. Examines literature written in one language, such as English, Hebrew, or Yiddish, or a theme, such as gender or modern identities, as expressed in different literary traditions. May be repeated for credit May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Spring Quarter.
JST 111Israeli Writing Since 1960 (4) Active
Lecture/Lab—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): One course in American or European literature. Contemporary Hebrew literature, in translation, in relation to post-independence debates about religious, social, and political identity of the Jewish state; literary reflections of Israeli ethnic diversity and changing gender relations; modern Hebrew poetry and postmodern experiments in fiction. No credit will be given to students who have completed HUM 119. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2001 Fall Quarter.
JST 112Readings in Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RST 023; or Consent of Instructor. Historical tradition of Jewish thought in the German cultural context; unique contributions of Jewish writers to culture of the German speaking world; what it means to be "other" in the mainstream culture. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s) when topic differs. No credit will be given to students who have completed HUM 121. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2001 Fall Quarter.
JST 116Readings in Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): RST 023; or Consent of Instructor. Historical tradition of Jewish thought in the German cultural context; unique contributions of Jewish writers to culture of the German speaking world; what it means to be "other" in the mainstream culture. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s) if topic differs. No credit will be given to students who have completed HUM 121. (Same course as GER 116.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2007 Spring Quarter.
JST 120Cinema and the American Jewish Experience (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JST 010 recommended. Examination of American cinema to reveal how Jewish identity is expressed and submerged, tracing the relations between religion, identity, race, politics, and art. Not open for credit to students who have completed HUM 122. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WE. Effective: 2001 Fall Quarter.
JST 121Oral History and Jewish Life (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper—1 hour(s). Oral history methodologies and application to an in-depth oral history interview about Jewish life. Topics include oral history practices and ethics, immigration, migration, religious practice, ethnic relations, and community organization structures. No credit given to students who have completed HUM 123. (Letter.) GE credit: SS. Effective: 2001 Fall Quarter.