Jewish Studies (JST)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
JST 101 Introduction to Jewish Studies: Literature and Society 3 hours. Introduction to major themes, issues, writers and contexts of modern Jewish literature. Primary focus on the connections between these literary texts and contemporary Jewish existence.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
JST 102 Introduction to Jewish Studies: Religion and Culture 3 hours. Overview of Jewish socio-economic and political structures in historical context. Primary focus on contemporary social issues, such as immigration, assimilation, intermarriage, and anti-Semitism.  Individual and Society, and US Society course.
JST 103 Israel Studies: Narratives of a Complex Society 3 hours. Introduction to major themes, issues, writers and contexts of the founding, establishment, and conflicts of the modern state of Israel. Past, and World Cultures course.
JST 115 Understanding the Bible as Literature 3 hours. A broad overview of various literary genres in the Bible such as origin narrative, historical narrative, poetry, wisdom literature, prophetic/apocalyptic literature, parable, and epistle. Same as ENGL 115, and RELS 115.   Creative Arts, Past, and World Cultures course.
JST 116 Jewish American Literature of the 20th Century 3 hours. Introduction to ways of analyzing literature within the specific thematic and cultural lens of Judaism, focusing on major works of literature in a variety of genres throughout the twentieth century.   Same as ENGL 116.
JST 117 Understanding the Holocaust 3 hours. Holocaust of European Jewry as the result of antisemitic ideology and the development of modern German political forces; implementation of the Final Solution. Same as HIST 117.   Individual and Society, and Past course.
JST 122 Minority Perspectives in the Germanic Context 3 hours. Investigation of the challenges and/or opportunities of multicultural societies by examining in a socio-historical context texts created by members of Europe's ethnic, religious, and national minorities. Same as GER 122. No credit toward a major or minor program offered by the Department of Germanic Studies. Lectures, discussion, and readings in English.  Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.
JST 123 Introduction to Yiddish Culture and Literature 3 hours. Yiddish culture in Europe and the U.S. in socio-historical context. Focus on the role of Yiddish in conceptions of secular, cultural, religious, national Jewish identities. Same as GER 123. No graduation credit toward a major or minor program offered by the Department of Germanic Studies. Lectures, discussion, and readings in English.  Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.
JST 124 Hebrew Bible 3 hours. A study of the Five Books of Moses (a.k.a Torah or Pentateuch) within the contexts of the ancient Near East and biblical literature.   Same as CL 124 and RELS 124.  Taught in English. Past course.
JST 125 Diaspora, Exile, Genocide: Aspects of the European Jewish Experience in Literature and Film. 3 hours. Literature and films on European Jewish responses to anti-Semitism and persecution in a historical context to reveal the condition of post-Enlightenment German-speaking Jewish and Yiddish-speaking societies. Same as GER 125. No credit toward a major or minor program offered by the Department of Germanic Studies. Taught in English. Past, and World Cultures course.
JST 203 Israel Film: Aspects of History, Life, and Culture 3 hours. Exploration of major themes related to life in Israel via its national cinema. Historical, social, and cultural aspects of Israeli society are examined through film. World Cultures course.
JST 225 Topics in Muslim-Jewish Relations 3 hours. Muslim-Jewish interactions from the rise of Islam until contemporary times, the relationship between Biblical and Quranic materials, the Jewish and Islamic interpretive tradition and the legal systems of the two religious traditions.   Same as CL 225 and RELS 225.
JST 235 Introduction to Jewish
Thought I
3 hours. Introduces students to the fundamental Jewish texts, theology, and thought of the Rabbinic period (100CE - 900 CE). Topics include: ethics, authority, sexuality, exegesis, and law. Same as CL 235 and RELS 235. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.
JST 240 Philosophy and Revelation: Jewish and Christian Perspectives 3 hours. Introduction to philosophical ways of addressing the claim that a book (the Bible, the Quran) comes from God.  Texts by Immanuel Kant, Moses Mendelssohn, and Soren Kierkegaard, among others.   Previously listed as JST 141. Same as RELS 240 and PHIL 240.  Prerequisite(s): Two courses in philosophy or consent of the instructor.  Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
JST 242 The History of Jewish Biblical Interpretation 3 hours. Jewish interpretation of the Hebrew bible. A survey of the span of Jewish history and the wide range of cultural contexts that have impacted the understanding of the Torah.   Same as CL 242 and RELS 242. Past course.
JST 243 Politics and Government of the Middle East 3 hours. Contemporary Middle East political institutions, culture, processes, and conflicts. Emphasis on interaction of traditional and modern forces, such as Islam, nationalism, political elites, ideologies, states. Same as POLS 243. Prerequisite(s): POLS 130 or POLS 190; or consent of the instructor.  World Cultures course.
JST 254 Prophets in Judaism and Islam 3 hours. A cross-cultural survey of prophets. Texts include the Hebrew Bible, the Quran and Islamic and Jewish exegetical material.   Same as CL 254 and RELS 254. Past course.
JST 294 Topics in Jewish Studies 3 hours. How Jews became a modern ethnic group, how their experiences compare with other ethnic groups, and how their experiences in modern times vary from nation to nation. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.  
JST 311 Gender and Sexuality in Early Christianity and Judaism 3 hours. Examination of the root of contemporary perspectives on gender and sexuality in the early traditions of Judaism and Christianity including the Bible, the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Church Fathers, the Talmud, and legends of the saints.   Same as GWS 311 and RELS 311.
JST 394 Topics in Jewish Studies 3 hours. Selected topics in Jewish culture and history. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
JST 478 The Bible as Literature 3 OR 4 hours. Literary analysis of the English Bible (including the Apocrypha) in its historical and religious contexts; study of the King James Version and successive revisions of it. Same as ENGL 478, and RELS 478. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s):  Grade of C or better in ENGL 240; and grade of C or better in ENGL 241 or grade of C or better in ENGL 242 or grade of C or better in ENGL 243; or consent of the instructor.
JST 494 Topics in Jewish Studies 3 OR 4 hours. Selected topics in Jewish studies. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary.  Prerequisite(s): JST 101 or JST 102 or consent of the instructor.