For questions about the Jewish Studies major, minor, or courses in general, please contact the Program’s Associate Director, Dr. Joshua Shanes, via email or phone (843-953-3929), or Program Director Dr. Yaron Ayalon (email or 843-953-7625).
The Jewish Studies major enables students to understand the diversity and complexity of the Jewish experience. Students acquire a sophisticated understanding of the historical, religious, philosophical, literary, sociological, and linguistic components that constitute the Jewish experience, as well as an armory of interpretative and analytical skills that can be applied within and across a broad range of disciplines.
The Jewish Studies major is a wonderful addition to any curriculum. It is a great way to impress others with a rich transcript and resume, to demonstrate your command of a foreign language, and your superb writing skills and “out of the box” approach to problem solving. Our majors regularly pair Jewish Studies with such areas as business, political science, history, international studies, psychology, and education.
The Jewish Studies minor does the same, but in a more limited way. The Jewish Studies minor is a wonderful addition to the curriculum of those students who are in “heavy” majors that do not leave time or credit hours for a second major; or for those who already pursue two majors or another minor.
Double Dip! In addition to fulfilling the Jewish Studies major/minor requirements, the two Jewish Studies history survey courses, JWST 210 and 215, fulfill the general education history requirement of the college. All our other electives fulfill the humanities requirement, and Hebrew the foreign-language requirement.
Note: Students enrolled in JWST 210 and 215 (Jewish history survey sequence) for their history general education requirement should seriously consider a Jewish Studies minor. Those enrolled in Hebrew in addition to JWST 210 and 215 should seriously consider the Jewish Studies major, as those courses fulfill nearly half of the major.
Jewish Studies Major – details:
Jewish Studies Major Requirements: 36 hours (21 required, 15 elective)
HBRW 101 Elementary Modern Hebrew I
HBRW 102 Elementary Modern Hebrew II
HBRW 201 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I
HBRW 202 Intermediate Modern Hebrew II
Or equivalent as demonstrated by placement exam. Students placing out of any of HBRW 101-202 do not receive credit toward the major; they must substitute an additional elective course for each HBRW course they place out of.
Coming soon: The option to complete the Jewish Studies major with German, Arabic, or other foreign languages other than Hebrew. For details, contact Program Director Dr. Ayalon at email@example.com.
JWST 210 Jewish History I: Ancient to Modern
JWST 215 Jewish History II: Modern to Present
JWST 400 Independent Research OR
JWST 499 BAchelor’s Essay (6 hours, 3 elective)
15 additional course hours from the electives listed below, at least three of which must be at the 300 level or above. If you place out of any of HBRW 101-202, you must take additional elective courses to complete your 36 total hours.
Jewish Studies Minor – details:
6 courses required in total (18 credit hours)
JWST 210 Jewish History I: Ancient to Modern
AND five additional courses from the electives listed below. Most students also take JWST 215, as it fulfills a general education humanities requirement.
Electives (for majors and minors):
FYSM 124* First-Year Seminar in Jewish Studies
HBRW 101 Elementary Modern Hebrew I (required for major, optional for minor)
HBRW 102 Elementary Modern Hebrew II (required for major, optional for minor)
HBRW 201 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (required for major, optional for minor)
HBRW 202 Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (required for major, optional for minor)
HBRW 313 Advanced Modern Hebrew: Conversation and Composition
HBRW 314 Advanced Modern Hebrew: Conversation and Composition
JWST 200 The Jewish Tradition/RELS 225 The Jewish Tradition
JWST 201 Topics in Jewish Studies (course can be repeated if different theme)
JWST 215 Jewish History II: Modern to Present (required for major, optional for minor)
JWST 220 History of Israel
JWST 230 The Holocaust
JWST 240 Jewish Philosophy
JWST 245/ENGL 191 Introduction to Jewish-American Literature
JWST 250 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
JWST 300 Special Topics in Jewish Studies (course can be repeated if different theme)
JWST 305 Israeli Cinema
JWST 310 Topics in Jewish History
JWST 315 Southern Jewish History
JWST 320 Topics in American Jewish Culture
JWST 325 Jewish Mysticism
JWST 330 Representations of the Holocaust
JWST 335 Modern Jewish Politics
JWST 345 Jewish American Literature and Film
JWST 350 Jews and Muslims: Coexistence and Conflict
JWST 399 Directed Reading
JWST 400 Independent Study in Jewish Studies
HIST 213 American Jewish History: Colonial Times to the Present
HIST 244* History of Germany
HIST 344* Modern European Cultural History
HIST 345* Modern German Cultural and Intellectual History
HIST 359 Modern Jewish History
PHIL 255* Philosophy of Religion
POLS 324 Politics of the Middle East
POLS 339* Special Topics in Comparative Politics
RELS 201 The Old Testament: History and Interpretation
RELS 310* Sacred Texts
*NOTE: These courses must have specifically Jewish content to count towards the Jewish Studies major/minor.