Jewish Culture and Society, Program in

Brett Kaplan, Interim Director
608 South Wright Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801
PH: 217-333-7978
http://jewishculture.illinois.edu

Interdisciplinary Minor in Jewish Culture and Society

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society offers an interdisciplinary minor and a concentration in Jewish Studies (through the LAS Interdisciplinary Studies Major).

E-mail: jewishculture@illinois.edu

One course in the cluster of Religion, chosen from a list of courses maintained by the Advisor in the Program in Jewish Culture and Society Office.3
One course in the cluster of Culture, chosen from a list of courses maintained by the Advisor in the Program in Jewish Culture and Society Office.3
One course in the cluster of History, chosen from a list of courses maintained by the Advisor in the Program in Jewish Culture and Society Office.3
Electives within the minor. Students may choose additional courses from any of the three clusters or can choose from the following language courses:9
Undergraduate Open Seminar
Intensive Biblical Hebrew
Intermediate Modern Hebrew I 1
Intermediate Modern Hebrew II 1
Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Advanced Modern Hebrew II
Topics Hebrew Lang & Lit I
Topics Hebrew Lang & Lit II
Intermediate Yiddish I
Intermediate Yiddish II
Total Hours18

Of the 18 required hours, two courses (6 hours) must be 300-or 400-level courses. HEBR 403 and HEBR 404 cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

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HEBR 403 and HEBR 404 cannot be used to satisfy LAS Advanced Hours requirement or the 6 hours of 300- or 400- level courses for the Jewish Culture and Society Interdisciplinary Minor.

No more than 6 hours (two courses) may be at the 100 level.

The 18 hours selected by students for a minor in Jewish Culture and Society should form a coherent program and must be approved by the undergraduate advisor for the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.

A list of courses, regularly updated by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society, is available from the Program Office, 109 English Bldg., 608 South Wright Street, Urbana, Illinois, 61801.

JS Class Schedule

Courses

JS 108   Religion & Society in West I   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ANTH 108, PHIL 108, REL 108, and SOC 108. See REL 108.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Western

JS 199   Undergraduate Open Seminar   credit: 1 to 5 Hours.

Faculty offer seminars in a range of areas that provide an opportunity for undergraduates to be exposed to key dimensions of Jewish Studies. May be repeated in the same or separate terms to a maximum of 10 hours.

JS 201   History of Antisemitism   credit: 3 Hours.

Studies the negative representations of Judaism and Jews from antiquity to the modern world. Topics include: Greco-Roman concepts of the Jewish religion; medieval Christian symbolization of the demonic Jew; Jews and negative attitudes to capitalism; blood purity and blood libel; the rise of racial prejudice in the modern nation state; totalitarianism and genocide; antisemitism and anti-Zionism. Same as REL 212.

JS 209   Jewish American Literature   credit: 3 Hours.

Using a combination of careful reading with historical contextualization we will discuss how the field of Jewish American literature emerged, and get a sense of where it might be heading. We will address topics such as what makes a literary work Jewish American other than the Jewishness of its author; in what ways the field of Jewish American literature has changed over time; and what might be the underlying trends/themes of this field of literature. Same as CWL 209 and ENGL 222.

JS 220   Jewish Storytelling   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as CWL 221, ENGL 223, REL 220, and YDSH 220. See YDSH 220.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Western

JS 252   The Holocaust   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 252. See HIST 252.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Western

JS 300   Jewish Chicago   credit: 3 Hours.

The history of Jewish Chicago from 1820 to the present will be taught in Chicago during Summer I. The class includes excursions all over the city as well as class time at the Newberry Library. Topics of study include immigration, Jews in the labor movement, Jewish political activism, Jewish religious practice, Jewish art, literature, and Yiddish theater. The course will contextualize our study of Jewish Chicago in terms of American history, urban history, gender history, and labor history.

JS 320   Lit Responses to the Holocaust   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as CWL 320, ENGL 359, REL 320, and YDSH 320. See YDSH 320.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Western

JS 399   Special Topics   credit: 3 Hours.

Faculty offer special topics in their areas of expertise that provide an opportunity for undergraduates to be exposed to some of the most current developments in faculty research. May be repeated in the same or separate term to a maximum of 9 hours.

JS 495   Independent Study   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Readings in selected fields in consultation with the instructor along with the completion of a specified writing assignment. 2 to 4 undergraduate hours. 2 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in the same term to a maximum of 4 undergraduate hours or 8 graduate hours. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 8 undergraduate hours and 16 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.