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Jewish Studies Undergraduate Degrees

Jewish Studies Major course requirements:

30 credit hours total, 12 credit hours must be at the 300 level or higher, 15 credit hours must be in residence at KU; minimum GPA 2.0

  • 2 courses in Jewish history and/or culture (6 credit hours)
  • 2 courses in Judaism (6 credit hours)
  • Intermediate level of Hebrew or Yiddish (usually satisified by taking 2 courses [6 credit hours] at the 200 level)
  • 3 electives (9 credit hours)
  • JWSH 601, a capstone course (3 credit hours)

 
The Jewish History and/or culture requirement may be satisfied with the following courses:
 
JWSH 177 First Year Seminar: _____ (3)  U; KU Core Goal 1  *depending on the subject
JWSH 300 Topics in Jewish Studies:_____ (3)  H  *depending on the subject
JWSH 311 Narratives of Jewish Life (3) HL H; KU Core Goal 4.2
JWSH 315 The Spanish Inquisition (3)  H; KU Core Goal 4.2
JWSH 318 Jews and Slavs in Eastern Europe (3)  H
JWSH 327 Jewish Secular Culture (3) HL H; KU Core Goal 4.2
JWSH 329 Politics and Conflict in Israel and Palestine (3)  H 
JWSH 335 History of Jewish Women (3)  H
JWSH 336 Jewish American Literature and Culture (3)  H; KU Core Goal 4.2
JWSH 338 Languages of the Jews (3)  H
JWSH 339 Languages of the Jews, Honors (3)  H  
JWSH 340 Topics in Modern Jewish Literature: _____ (3)  *depending on the subject
JWSH 341 Hitler and Nazi Germany (3)  H/W; KU Core Goal 5
JWSH 342 Medieval to Early Modern Jewish History (3)  H
JWSH 343 The Holocaust in History (3)  H  
JWSH 344 Modern Jewish History (3)  H 
JWSH 350 Contemporary Jewish Identities (3) SC H
JWSH 361 Jewish Film (3) HL H  
JWSH 371 Archaeology of Ancient Israel (3)  H 
JWSH 382 Jerusalem Through the Ages (3)  H
JWSH 395 Study Abroad Topics in Jewish Studies: _____ (3-6)  H  *depending on the subject
JWSH 490 Directed Study in Jewish Studies (3)  H; KU Core Goal 6  *depending on the subject
JWSH 491 Directed Study in Jewish Studies, Honors (3)  H; KU Core Goal 6  *depending on the subject
JWSH 526 Jewish History and Literature in the Greek and Roman Periods (3)  H/W
JWSH 560 Modern Jewish Thought (3)  H  
JWSH 572 Jewish Folklore (3)  H
JWSH 573 Jewish Folklore, Honors (3)  H
JWSH 600 Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies: _____ (3)  H  *depending on the subject
JWSH 650 Service Learning in Jewish Studies (3)  S *depending on the subject
 
The Judaism requirement may be satisfied with the following courses:
 
JWSH 107 Jews, Christians, Muslims (3) HR H; KU Core Goals 3, 4.2
JWSH 109 Jews, Christians, Muslims, Honors (3) HR H; KU Core Goals 3, 4.2
JWSH 124 Understanding the Bible (3) HR H; KU Core Goals 3, 4.2
JWSH 125 Understanding the Bible, Honors (3) HR H; KU Core Goals 3, 4.2
JWSH 177 First Year Seminar: _____ (3)  U; KU Core Goal 1  *depending on the subject
JWSH 300 Topics in Jewish Studies:_____ (3)  H  *depending on the subject
JWSH 320 The Bible Then and Now (3)   
JWSH 321 Religion of Ancient Israel (3)  H/W
JWSH 325 Introduction to Judaism (3)  H  
JWSH 326 The Talmud: Its Origins, Nature, and Evolution (3)  H  
JWSH 330 Mystical Tradition in Judaism (3)  H  
JWSH 337 Religious Zionisms (3)  H  
JWSH 340 Topics in Modern Jewish Literature: _____ (3)  *depending on the subject
JWSH 395 Study Abroad Topics in Jewish Studies: _____ (3-6)  H  *depending on the subject
JWSH 490 Directed Study in Jewish Studies (3)  H; KU Core Goal 6  *depending on the subject
JWSH 491 Directed Study in Jewish Studies, Honors (3)  H; KU Core Goal 6  *depending on the subject
JWSH 523 The Dead Sea Scrolls (3)  H
JWSH 525 Jews and Christians (3)  H 
JWSH 562 Judaism and Political Theology (3)  H 
JWSH 563 Judaism and Sexuality (3)  H  
JWSH 570 Studies in Judaism (3)  H
JWSH 600 Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies: _____ (3)  H  *depending on the subject
JWSH 650 Service Learning in Jewish Studies (3)  S  *depending on the subject
 
 
 
 
 

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