College of Arts and Sciences
Departmental Phone: (812) 855-0453
Ph.D. Minor in Jewish Studies
Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies
Rudy Professor of Political Science
Director of the Institute for Jewish Culture and the Arts
Dr. Alice Field Cohn Chair in Yiddish Studies
The Jewish Studies Program has as its objective the study of Jewish civilization from antiquity to the present and its interaction with and impact on world civilization. The program draws on the many disciplines necessary to study the multifaceted Jewish experience, thus bringing a variety of approaches to the study of Jewish civilization. The contributing departments include Anthropology, Comparative Literature, English, Germanic Studies, History, Institute for Biblical and Literary Studies, Linguistics, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Jewish Studies Program, the structure of course work will vary according to each student's areas of interest and departmental requirements. Departmental concentrations, such as Jewish history, can be pursued in conjunction with the Jewish studies doctoral minor. Students may choose to concentrate on biblical studies, Jewish history, Jewish thought, Holocaust studies, Yiddish, or Israel studies.
Minor in Yiddish
H520 Colloquium in Jewish History (4 cr.) (Topics in the history of Judaism and the Jews in modern times.)
H595 Directed Readings in Jewish Studies (1-3 cr.) Directed readings in various topics in Jewish Studies; topics, credit hours, and readings to be determined in consultation with faculty member with whom the student wishes to work.
E332 Jewish Women: Anthropological Perspectives (3 cr.)
C545 The Bible and Western Literature (4 cr.) (when topic focuses on Hebrew Bible) Topics: The Poetics of Bibliocal Narrative; Prophecy and Poetry.
L780 Special Studies in English and American Literature (4 cr.) Topic: Literature of the Holocaust
Y501 Beginning Yiddish I (3 cr.)
Y505 Topics in Yiddish Literature (3 cr.) Topic: Fantasy, Realism, and Fiction: The First Century of Modern Yiddish Literature, 1810-1913.
Y506 Topics in Yiddish Culture (3 cr.) Topics: Aspects of Modern Yiddish Culture, 1880-1980; Ghetto, Shtetl, and Beyond: 800 Years of the History and Sociology of Yiddish.
Y815 Individual Readings in Yiddish Studies: Language, Literature and Culture (1-4 cr.)
H523 The Holocaust (3 cr.)
The courses below are cross-listed in Jewish Studies when they pertain to Jewish history:
H620 Colloquium: Modern Western European History (4 cr.) Topic: Jews and Cosmopolitanism in Modern European Intellectual History
Institute for Biblical and Literary Studies
I600 Colloquium in Biblical and Literary Studies (4 cr.) (when topic focuses on Hebrew Bible)
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
H500 Elementary Hebrew I (2 cr.)
N708 Seminar in Judaic Literature (4 cr.)
**These courses are eligible for a deferred grade.
P522 Topics in the History of Modern Philosophy (3 cr.) (when topics focus on Jewish philosophy).
P535 Phenomenology and Existentialism (3 cr.) Topic: Emmanuel Levinas: Ethics as a First Philosophy
P590 Intensive Readings (1-3 cr.) Topics: Alienation and Redemption in Early 20th Century European Culture and Jewish Thought; Alienation and Community: Judaism, Philosophy, Religious Thought and Literature in Europe, 1900-1940; Franz Rosenzweig and Emmanuel Levinas; Philosophy and Religious Thought after the Holocaust; Judaism, Philosophy, and Religious Thought in Europe, 1900-1940; Responses to the Holocaust: Philosophy, Religion, Ethics, Film, Politics and Historiography.
R511 Religion of Ancient Israel (3 cr.) Topics: Studies in Religion (History of God; Issues in the Study of the Hebrew Bible); Narrative in the Hebrew Bible; Topics in Ancient Israelite Religion.
R541 Studies in the Jewish Tradition (3 cr.) Topics: Prophecy in Ancient Israel, Judaism in the Making, Introduction to Jewish Mysticism, Religious Thought in Medieval Judaism, Religious Issues in Contemporary Judaism (Major Trends in Modern Judaism; Women in Judaism), Talmud, Topics in Ancient Israelite Religion (The Sabbath in Literature and Liturgy), Topics in the History of Judaism.
(The courses below are cross-listed in Jewish Studies when they pertain to the Hebrew Bible):
R610 Studies in Biblical Literature and Religion (3 cr.)