Current and Potential Students: Major

Major in Jewish Studies


Coordinator: Dr. Rachel N. Baum, Curtin 879, x5156; email: rbaum@uwm.edu

The Jewish Studies major has two tracks: Hebrew Studies and Jewish Cultural Studies. Hebrew Studies focuses on the foundations of Judaism, as well as the reading of Biblical and classical Jewish texts. Jewish Cultural Studies focuses on modern Jewish history, literature, film and politics, and does not require Hebrew language.


JEWISH STUDIES MAJOR


All majors in Jewish Studies are required to register with the program at the beginning of their candidacy and are encouraged to speak to the program coordinator as early as possible to plan a course of study. 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.

Jewish Studies majors in both tracks 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.


REQUIRED COURSES (BOTH TRACKS)

Core Course – 3 credits

All Jewish studies majors must complete 3 credits selected from the following:


Hist 358 The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture (jointly offered w/Jewish 358)


Hist 379 Introduction to Jewish History (jointly offered w/Jewish 379)


Jewish 358 The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture (jointly offered w/Hist 358)


Jewish 379 Introduction to Jewish History (jointly offered w/Hist 379)


Research Requirement – 3 credits

To satisfy the College of Letters and Science research requirement, students must complete Jewish 500, Topics in Jewish Studies, which is offered every spring semester. In exceptional circumstances, and with the consent of the major coordinator, students may be permitted to fulfill their research requirement in a different course numbered 300 or above.

Major Tracks
Students must select one of the following two tracks:


Hebrew Studies Track


The Hebrew Studies track of the Jewish Studies major requires completion of four semesters of college-level Hebrew (through Hebr St 202) or equivalent preparation. Credits earned in satisfying this requirement count in the major GPA, but do not count in the 30 credits required for the major.

Students in the Hebrew Studies track are encouraged strongly to pursue study abroad in Israel and may apply transfer credits from an approved study-abroad program toward their major requirements.

In addition to satisfying the Hebrew language, core course, and research requirements, students in this track must complete 24 credits, as follows:

9 credits selected from the following:

  • Hebr St 100 Introduction to Judaism
  • Hebr St 231 Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
  • Hebr St 235 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
  • Hebr St 331 Topics in Biblical Literature: (all subtitles)
  • Hebr St 332 Women in the Bible

Electives –15 credits from the courses not selected above and/or the following, which must include courses numbered 300 and above to reach a total of 15 advanced credits taken in residence at UWM.


*A maximum of 3 internship credits may count toward the major.


FilmStd 350 Global Jewish Film and Television: (all subtitles) (jointly offered w/Jewish 350)


Hebr St 100 Introduction to Judaism (if not selected above)


Hebr St 192 First-Year Seminar: (w/approp subtitle; contact prog coord)


Hebr St 199 Independent Study (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 230 Bible Stories


Hebr St 231 Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (if not selected above)


Hebr St 235 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible (if not selected above)


Hebr St 238 Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 254 Studies in Hebrew Culture: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 261 Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images (jointly offered w/Jewish 261)


Hebr St 289* Internship in Hebrew Studies, Lower Division (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 297 Study Abroad: (Subtitle) (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 299 Ad Hoc: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 331 Topics in Biblical Literature: (all subtitles) (if not selected above)


Hebr St 332 Women in the Bible (if not selected above)


Hebr St 368(268) Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust (jointly offered w/Jewish 368)


Hebr St 381 Honors Seminar: (Subtitle) (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 397 Study Abroad: (Subtitle) (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 411 Old Testament Texts: (Subtitle)


Hebr St 449 Modern Jewish Thought


Hebr St 470 Readings in Rabbinic Literature: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 471 Introduction to the Midrash: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 489* Internship in Hebrew Studies, Upper Level (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 497 Study Abroad: (Subtitle) (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 499 Ad Hoc: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 597 Study Abroad: (Subtitle) (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 697 Study Abroad: (Subtitle) (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 699 Independent Study (as appr by prog coord)


Hist 282 The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries


Hist 358 The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture (jointly offered w/Jewish 358)


Hist 363 German: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship


Hist 364 The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and the Fate of Jewish People in Europe, 1933 – 1945


Hist 370 Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (w/approp subtitle; as appr by prog coord)


Hist 401 Topics in Middle Eastern History: (w/approp subtitle; as appr by prog coord)


Jewish 101 Jewish Culture in America: History, Literature, Film


Jewish 192 First-Year Seminar: (w/approp subtitle; contact prog coord)


Jewish 193 First-Year Seminar: (w/approp subtitle; contact prog coord)


Jewish 199 Independent Study (as appr by prog coord)


Jewish 247 Jewish Art, Literature, Culture: (all subtitles)


Jewish 261 Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images (jointly offered w/Hebr St 261)


Jewish 289* Internship in Jewish Studies, Lower Division (as appr by prog coord)


Jewish 297 Study Abroad: (Subtitle) (as appr by prog coord)


Jewish 299 Ad Hoc: (all subtitles)


Jewish 321 The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory


Jewish 328 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (jointly offered w/Pol Sci 328)


Jewish 350 Global Jewish Film and Television: (all subtitles) (jointly offered w/FilmStd 350)


Jewish 358 The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture (jointly offered w/Hist 368)


Jewish 368(268) Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust (jointly offered w/Hebr St 368)


Jewish 371 Survey of Jewish Literature (IN PROGRESS)


Jewish 489* Internship in Jewish Studies, Upper Division (as appr by prog coord)


Jewish 497 Study Abroad: (Subtitle) (as appr by prog coord)


Jewish 499 Ad Hoc: (all subtitles)


Jewish 699 Advanced Independent Study (as appr by prog coord)


Pol Sci 328 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (jointly offered w/Jewish 328)


Pol Sci 371 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict


Jewish Cultural Studies


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 considering advanced studies in Jewish Studies or a career in Jewish education are encouraged to take Hebrew. Credits earned in language courses approved by the coordinator count in the Jewish cultural studies major option GPA.

In addition to the core and research requirement courses, the following 24 credits are required:

12 credits selected from the following:


FilmStd 350 Global Jewish Film and Television: (Subtitle) (jointly offered w/Jewish 350)


Hebr St 261 Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images (jointly offered w/Jewish 261)


Hebr St 368(268) Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust(jointly offered w/Jewish 368)


Hebr St 449 Seminar on Modern Jewish Thought (jointly offered w/Jewish 449)


Jewish 101 Jewish Culture in America: History, Literature, Film


Jewish 247 Jewish Art, Literature, Culture: (all subtitles)


Jewish 261 Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images (jointly offered with Hebr St 261)


Jewish 328 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (jointly-offered w/Pol Sci 328)


Jewish 350 Global Jewish Film and Television: (all subtitles) (jointly offered w/FilmStd 350)


Jewish 368(268) Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust (jointly offered with Hebr St 368)


Jewish 371 Survey of Jewish Literature (IN PROGRESS)


Jewish 421 Introduction to Yiddish Literature: (all subtitles)


Pol Sci 328 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (jointly offered w/Jewish 328)


Electives - a minimum of 12 credits from the following, which must include courses numbered 300 and above to reach a total of 15 advanced credits taken in residence at UWM.

*A maximum of 3 internship credits may count toward the major.


FilmStd 350 Global Jewish Film and Television: (Subtitle) (jointly offered w/Jewish 350) (if not selected above)


Hebr St 100 Introduction to Judaism


Hebr St 192 First-Year Seminar: (w/approp subtitle; contact prog coord)


Hebr St 199 Independent Study (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 230 Bible Stories


Hebr St 231 Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible


Hebr St 235 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible


Hebr St 238 Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 254 Studies in Hebrew Culture: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 261 Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images(jointly offered w/Jewish 261) (if not selected above)


Hebr St 289* Internship in Hebrew Studies, Lower Division (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 297 Study Abroad: (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 299 Ad Hoc: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 331 Topics in Biblical Literature: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 332 Women in the Bible


Hebr St 368(268) Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust (jointly offered w/Jewish 368) (if not selected above)


Hebr St 381 Honors Seminar: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 397 Study Abroad: (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 411 Old Testament Texts


Hebr St 449 Modern Jewish Thought (if not selected above)


Hebr St 470 Readings in Rabbinic Literature: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 471 Introduction to the Midrash: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 489* Internship in Hebrew Studies, Upper Division (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 497 Study Abroad: (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 499 Ad Hoc: (all subtitles)


Hebr St 597 Study Abroad: (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 697 Study Abroad: (as appr by prog coord)


Hebr St 699 Advanced Independent Study (as appr by prog coord)


Hist 282 The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries


Hist 358 The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture (jointly offered w/Jewish 358)


Hist 363 Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship


Hist 364 Holocaust: Antisemitism and the Fate of Jewish People in Europe, 1933 – 1945


Hist 370 Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (w/approp subtitle; contact prog coord)


Hist 401 Topics in Middle Eastern History: (w/approp subtitle; contact prog coord)


Jewish 101 Jewish Culture in America: History, Literature, Film (if not selected above)


Jewish 192 First-Year Seminar: (all subtitles)


Jewish 193 First-Year Seminar: (all subtitles)


Jewish 199 Independent Study


Jewish 247 Jewish Art, Literature, Culture: (all subtitles) (if not selected above)


Jewish 261 Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images (jointly offered with Hebr St 261) (if not selected above)


Jewish 289* Internship in Jewish Studies, Lower Division (as appr by prog coord)


Jewish 297 Study Abroad: (Subtitle) (as appr by prog coord)


Jewish 299 Ad Hoc: (all subtitles)


Jewish 321 The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory


Jewish 328 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (jointly-offered w/Pol Sci 328) (if not selected above)


Jewish 350 Global Jewish Film and Television: (Subtitle) (jointly offered w/FilmStd 350) (if not selected above)


Jewish 358 The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture(jointly offered w/Hist 358)


Jewish 368(268) Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust (jointly offered with Hebr St 368) (if not selected above)


Jewish 371 Survey of Jewish Literature (if not selected above) (IN PROGRESS)


Jewish 421 Introduction to Yiddish Literature (if not selected above)


Jewish 489 Internship in Jewish Studies, Upper Division (as appr by prog coord)


Jewish 497 Study Abroad: (Subtitle) (as appr by prog coord)


Jewish 499 Ad Hoc: (all subtitles)


Jewish 699 Advanced Independent Study (as appr by prog coord)


Pol Sci 328 The Arab-Israeli Conflict (jointly offered w/Jewish 328) (if not selected above)


Pol Sci 371 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict