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College of Letters and Science


Foreign Languages and Literature


Hebrew/Jewish Studies

 

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, in cooperation with the Center for Jewish Studies, offers a major in Jewish Studies. Students may choose between two tracks: Hebrew Studies, which requires proficiency in the Hebrew language and focuses on the texts and history of early Judaism, and Jewish Cultural Studies, which focuses on modern Jewish culture and history. 

Course of Study: Jewish Studies Major

All majors in Jewish Studies are required to register with the program at the beginning of their candidacy. To be accepted into the major, students who wish to pursue the Hebrew Studies track must have a GPA of 2.5 in the first two years of Hebrew language courses. Students who wish to pursue the Jewish Cultural Studies track must have earned a grade of B- or better in Jewish 101.  Jewish Studies majors must complete a minimum of 15 advanced-level (numbered 300 and above) credits in L&S courses taken in residence at UWM.  A GPA of 2.5 is required in courses taken for the major at UWM and in all courses that count for the major, including transfer work

Language Requirement

Students in the Hebrew studies track of the major are required to achieve proficiency in modern Hebrew, defined as completion of fourth-semester Hebrew (Hebr St 202 Fourth-Semester Hebrew). Credits earned in completing this requirement count in the Hebrew Studies major track GPA.

The Jewish cultural studies track does not have a language requirement as part of the major track. Students in this track, however, complete language studies as part of their L&S degree requirements. Although no additional language courses are required beyond those required for the L&S degree, with the consent of the major coordinator students may count up to 6 credits in appropriate language courses beyond the second semester. Students interested in additional language studies should discuss this possibility with the coordinator. Individuals considering advanced studies in Jewish Studies or a career in Jewish education are encouraged to take modern or Biblical Hebrew. Credits earned in language courses approved by the coordinator count in the Jewish cultural studies major track GPA.

Research Requirement

To satisfy the College of Letters and Science research requirement, students must complete Jewish 599, Research Methods in Jewish Studies, or, with the consent of the major coordinator, an upper-level course approved for the Jewish studies major in which students will write a research paper. The contents of the paper will be arranged with the faculty member teaching the course.

Track A. Hebrew Studies

The Hebrew Studies option allows students to study Biblical and modern Hebrew, as well as the literature, history, and cultures based on the Hebrew language. Study in Hebrew and in translation allows students to delve into the foundations of Judaism, Biblical and classical literature, and modern Jewish and Israeli literature and culture.

The Hebrew Studies option requires a total of 24 credits beyond the fourth semester of language studies; 15 credits must be completed in courses numbered 300 or above taken in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. The following requirements must be satisfied.

A.  Religious Foundations, 3 credits

One of the following:

Hebr St 100 Introduction to Judaism
Hebr St 231 Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

B.  History, 3 credits

One of the following:

Hebr St 249 History of Jewish Civilization: Biblical Period
Hebr St 250 History of Jewish Civilization: The Greek and Roman Periods
Hebr St 251 History of Jewish Civilization, Medieval and Modern Periods
Hebr St/
Hist 274
Ancient Egyptian Civilization
Hist 101    Western Civilization: Ancient World to 1500
Hist 102    Western Civilization: 1500 to the Present
Hist 282     The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Hist 319     The Era of the Crusades
Hist/Jewish 379    

Introduction to Jewish History

C.  Literature, 6 credits

Two of the following:

Hebr St 131 Introduction to Biblical Studies
Hebr St 231 Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (if not selected above)
Hebr St 232 Survey of the Literature of the Post-Biblical Period
Hebr St 235 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
Hebr St 236     The Biblical World
Hebr St 238 Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: (with appropriate subtitle)
Hebr St 254 Studies in Hebrew Culture: (with appropriate subtitle)
Hebr St/Jewish 268 Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust
Hebr St 331     Topics in Biblical Literature: (Subtitle)
Hebr St 332     Women in the Bible

D.  Research, 3 credits

Jewish 599 Research Methods in Jewish Studies
or upper-level course approved for the Jewish studies major, with consent of coordinator

E.  Electives, 9 credits

CompLit 231 Literature and Religion: (with appropriate subtitle)
Hebr St 100 Introduction to Judaism (if not selected above)
Hebr St 131 Introduction to Biblical Studies (if not selected above)
Hebr St 192    First-Year Seminar: (with approriate subtitle)
Hebr St 231   Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (if not selected above)
Hebr St 232     Survey of the Literature of the Post-Biblical Period (if not selected above)
Hebr St 235     The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible (if not selected above)
Hebr St 236 The Biblical World (if not selected above)
Hebr St 238   

Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: (with appropriate subtitle) (if not selected above)

Hebr St 249 History of Jewish Civilization: Biblical Period (if not selected above)
Hebr St 250 History of Jewish Civilization: The Greek and Roman Periods (if not selected above)
Hebr St 251 History of Jewish Civilization, Medieval and Modern Periods (if not selected above)
Hebr St 254 Studies in Hebrew Culture: (with appropriate subtitle) (if not selected above)
Hebr St 256     Good and Evil in Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Hebr St/Jewish 268     Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust (if not selected above)
Hebr St/Hist 274     Ancient Egyptian Civilization (if not selected above)
Hebr St 301 or 303 Modern Hebrew Literature I in Hebrew or in English
Hebr St 302 or 304   

Modern Hebrew Literature II in Hebrew or in English

Hebr St 321 The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory
Hebr St 331 Topics in Biblical Literature: (Subtitle, if particular subtitle not selected above)
Hebr St 332 Women in the Bible (if not selected above)
Hebr St 449 Seminar on Modern Jewish Thought
Hebr St 470 Readings in Rabbinic Literature
Hebr St 471 Introduction to the Midrash
Hist 282 The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (if not selected above)
Hist 283     Arab-Israeli Relations: The Search for Peace
Hist 319 The Era of the Crusades (if not selected above)
Hist/Jewish 358

The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture

Hist 370   Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (with appropriate subtitle)
Hist/Jewish 379 Introduction to Jewish History (if not selected above)
Hist 385 Political Islam to Zionism: Middle Eastern Intellectual History, 1789-1990
Hist 401 Topics in Middle Eastern History: (with appropriate subtitle)
Philos 552 (452) Special Topics in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: (with appropriate subtitle)

Students may choose courses not on this list in areas related to Hebrew, Israel, Judaism, or the philosophy of religion with the approval of the Jewish Studies coordinator.

Track B. Jewish Cultural Studies

The Jewish Cultural Studies option provides the opportunity for students to study Jewish culture in terms of its historical roots, artistic creations, socioeconomic-political dimensions, and cultural contributions. It will expose students to a variety of perspectives on issues of enduring importance and vital global concern.

The Jewish Cultural Studies option requires 30 credits. Students must complete at least 15 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the major in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. The following requirements must be satisfied.

A.  Core Courses (9 cr):

Jewish 101 Jewish Culture in America: History, Literature, Film
Hist/Jewish 379 Introduction to Jewish History
Jewish 599 Research Methods in Jewish Studies or upper-level course approved for the Jewish Studies major, with consent of coordinator

B.  Two of the following History courses (6 cr):

Hebr St 238 Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: "Arab-Israeli Conflict" subtitle
Hist 282 The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Hist/Jewish 358 The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture
Hist 363 Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship
Hist 364 Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and the Fate of Jewish People in Europe, 1933-1945
Hist 370 Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (with appropriate subtitle)
Hist 3xx History of Sephardic Jews (under development)
Hist 401   Topics in Middle Eastern History: (with appropriate subtitle)

C.  Two of the following courses (6 cr):

FilmStd/Jewish 350 Global Jewish Film and Television: (Subtitle)
HebrSt/Jewish 261
Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images
Hebr St 321 The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory
Hebr St 449 Seminar on Modern Jewish Thought
Jewish/JMC 210 Jewish and Ethnic Narratives and Identities in Media
Jewish 260 Negotiating Religion and Nationalism: Jewish Experience in Europe and the Middle East
Pol Sci 371 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Sociol 495   Seminar in Sociology: "Spatiality of the Holocaust" subtitle

D.  Electives (9 cr): Courses may be selected from any of the following.  In appropriate circumstances, with consent of the coordinator, students may count up to 6 credits of language courses taken beyond the second semester in a relevant language. Students interested in this possibility must discuss with the coordinator the relevance of the selected language in the context of their area(s) of interest.

CompLit 231 Literature and Religion: "Holocaust - Children and War" subtitle
Ethnic 250 Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: "Blacks, Jews, and Black Jews" subtitle
FilmStd/Jewish 350 Global Jewish Film and Television: (Subtitle; if particular subtitle not selected above)
German 250 Jewish Contributions to German Life and Civilization: (Subtitle)
Hebr St 192    First-Year Seminar: (with approriate subtitle)
Hebr St 231   Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Hebr St 233    Introduction to the New Testament
Hebr St 235 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
Hebr St 238 Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: (with appropriate subtitle)
Hebr St 254   

Studies in Hebrew Culture: (with appropriate subtitle)

Hebr St 256 Good and Evil in Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Hebr St/Jewish 261 Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images
Hebr St/Jewish 268 Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust
Hebr St/Jewish 282 Jewish Identity in Contemporary America
Hebr St 301 or 303 Modern Hebrew Literature I in Hebrew or in English
Hebr St 302 or 304 Modern Hebrew Literature II in Hebrew or in English
Hebr St 321 The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory (if not selected above)
Hebr St 331 Topics in Biblical Literature: "Jewish and Christian Women in the Bible" subtitle
Hebr St 332 Women in the Bible
Hebr St 449 Seminar on Modern Jewish Thought (if not selected above)
Hebr St 470 Readings in Rabbinic Literature
Hebr St 471 Introduction to the Midrash
Hist 282 The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (if not selected above)
Hist/Jewish St 358 The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture
Hist 363 Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship (if not selected above)
Hist 364 Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and the Fate of Jewish People in Europe, 1933-1945 (if not selected above)
Hist 370 Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (with appropriate subtitle, if particular subtitle not selected above)
Hist 401 Topics in Middle Eastern History: (with appropriate subtitle, if particular subtitle not selected above)
Jewish/JMC 210 Jewish and Ethnic Narratives and Identities in Media (if not selected above)
Jewish 260 Negotiating Religion and Nationalism: Jewish Experience in Europe and the Middle East
Jewish 289 Internship in Jewish Studies, Lower Division
Jewish 489 Internship in Jewish Studies, Upper Division
Jewish 497 Study Abroad (transferable courses in locations approved by the director of the Center for Jewish Studies)
Philos 552 (452) Special Topics in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: "Maimonides" subtitle
Pol Sci 371 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict (if not selected above)
Sociol 495 Seminar in Sociology: "Spatiality of the Holocaust" subtitle (if not selected above)

Other relevant courses may be selected with the approval of the Jewish Studies coordinator.

Course of Study: Jewish Studies Minor

The Jewish Studies minor requires the completion of a minimum of 18 credits, at least 9 of which must be taken at the 300 level or above in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at last a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work. Students can obtain a minor in Jewish Studies by following one of two options.

Option A. Hebrew Studies

The Hebrew Studies minor option requires the following:

1. Two semesters (at least 6 cr.) in one of the following areas: Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, or Yiddish language courses:

Hebr St 101/102 First/Second Semester Hebrew
Hebr St 103/104 Introductory Yiddish
Hebr St 105/106 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I/II

2. 12 credits selected from the following:

Hebr St 100 Introduction to Judaism
Hebr St 131 Introduction to Biblical Studies
Hebr St 192 First-Year Seminar: (w/appropriate subtitle)
Hebr St 231
Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Hebr St 232    Survey of the Literature of the Post-Biblical Period
Hebr St 235    The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
Hebr St 236    The Biblical World
Hebr St 238     Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: (w/appropriate subtitle)
Hebr St 249    

History of Jewish Civiliization: Biblical Period

Hebr St 250 History of Jewish Civilization: The Greek and Roman Periods
Hebr St 251 History of Jewish Civilization: Medieval and Modern Periods
Hebr St 254 Studies in Hebrew Culture: (w/appropriate subtitle)
Hebr St 256 Good and Evil in Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Hebr St/Jewish 261

Represeting the Holocaust in Words and Images

Hebr St/Jewish 268 Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust
Hebr St/Hist 274    Ancient Egyptian Civilization
Hebr St/Jewish 282    Jewish Identity in Contemporary America
Hebr St 301 or 303 Modern Hebrew Literature I in Hebrew or English
Hebr St 302 or 304 Modern Hebrew Literature II in Hebrew or English
Hebr St 321    

The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory

Hebr St 331 Topics in Biblical Literature: (Subtitle)
Hebr St 332 Women in the Bible
Hebr St 449 Seminar on Modern Jewish Thought
Hebr St 470 Readings in Rabbinic Literature: (subtitle)
Hebr St 471 Introduction to the Midrash
Hist 319 The Era of the Crusades
Hist/Jewish 379 Introduction to Jewish History
German 250 Jewish Contributions to German Life and Civilization (Subtitle)
Theatre 460 Storytelling: "The Bible, Torah, Old Testament, and Koran" subtitle

Option B. Jewish Cultural Studies

The minor option in Jewish Cultural Studies requires 18 credits distributed as follows:

1. Core Courses (6 cr):

Jewish 101 Jewish Culture in America: History, Literature, Film
Hist/Jewish 379 Introduction to Jewish History

2. Two of the following History courses (6 cr):

Hebr St 238 Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: "The Arab-Israeli Conflict" subtitle
Hebr St 254 Studies in Hebrew Culture: "The Holocaust" subtitle
Hist 282 The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Hist/Jewish 358    The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture
Hist 363 Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship
Hist 364 Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and the Fate of Jewish People in Europe, 1933-1945
Hist 370 Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (w/appropriate subtitle)
Hist 401    Topics in Middle Eastern History: (w/appropriate subtitle)

3. Two of the following courses (6 cr):

FilmStd/Jewish 350 Global Jewish Film and Television: (Subtitle)
German 250 Jewish Contributions to German Life and Civilization: (Subtitle)
Hebr St 231 Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Hebr St 233 Introduction to the New Testament
Hebr St 235 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
Hebr St 238 Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: (w/appropriate subtitle) (if not selected above)
Hebr St 254 Studies in Hebrew Culture: (w/appropriate subtitle) (if not selected above)
Hebr St/Jewish 261 Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images
Hebr St/Jewish 268 Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust
Hebr St/Jewish 282 Jewish Identity in Contemporary America
Hebr St 301 or 303 Modern Hebrew Literature I in Hebrew or English
Hebr St 302 or 304

Modern Hebrew Literature II in Hebrew or English

Hebr St 321 The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory
Hebr St 331 Topics in Biblical Literature: (with appropriate subtitle)
Hebr St 449 Seminar on Modern Jewish Thought
Jewish/JMC 210 Jewish and Ethnic Narratives and Identities in Media
Jewish 497 Study Abroad (transferrable courses in locations approved by the director of the Center for Jewish Studies)
Pol Sci 371 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Sociol 495 Seminar in Sociology: "Spatiality of the Holocaust" subtitle

Other relevant courses may be selected with the approval of the Jewish Studies coordinator.

Related Programs

Hebrew/Jewish Studies students also may be interested in the Comparative Ethnic Studies and the Religious Studies programs as well as the certificate program in Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

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