Jewish Studies (JWST)Arts and Sciences

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JWST 1102

Intended for beginners. Provides a thorough grounding in reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. Students who complete the course are able to function in basic situations ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 1102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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    Combined with: NES 1102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

JWST 1987

Why were Jews virtually invisible in films made during the Hollywood's "golden age"? Is this a surprise, given the leading role played by American Jews in founding the studio system? Writing about the ... view course details

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    FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

JWST 2100

The course is aimed at training students in exact and idiomatic Hebrew, expanding vocabulary and usage of grammatical knowledge, and acquiring facility of expression in both conversation and writing. Uses ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 2100

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

JWST 2575

This course will survey the cultic practices and beliefs of ancient Babylonia and Assyria, the two major civilizations of Mesopotamia. We will examine the major myths of this region, e.g., Ishtar's Descent ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 2575NES 6575RELST 2575

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

JWST 2580

How is the memory of the Holocaust kept alive by means of the literary and visual imagination? Within the historical context of the Holocaust and how and why it occurred, we shall examine major and widely ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 2580ENGL 2580

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

JWST 2728

In their acceptance speeches for the Nobel Prize in Literature, both the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz (1988) and the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk (2006) situate their work between Eastern and Western ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 2728NES 2728

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

JWST 3104

The course focuses and explores the development and changes of Modern Hebrew in all aspects of Israeli and Jewish culture.  A close reading of selected works of modern Hebrew fiction, poetry, drama in ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 3104

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16874JWST 3104  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: NES 3101 or NES 3102 or permission of instructor.

JWST 3432

The modern Jewish religious movement known as Hasidism began in Eastern Europe in the eighteenth century and thrives today.  We will approach Hasidism primarily through three avenues: recent critical social ... view course details

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JWST 4517

For almost two thousand years the synagogue has been the focal point of Jewish life and identity. It has been the most prominent of Jewish buildings, for Jews and non-Jews. Thousands of synagogues have ... view course details

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JWST 4520

Jews and cities have been shaping each other for thousands of years. Studying those interactions involves urbanism, cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, and the idea of "the ghetto." This course ranges through ... view course details

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JWST 4525

This course examines the political, intellectual, and cultural expression of Palestinian citizens of Israel. Referred to by the Arab media as "1948 Arabs" or "Arabs within" and by the Israeli media as ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 4525NES 6525

  • 4 Credits Graded

JWST 4548

This course will focus on the array of perspectives offered in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament on such contemporary social issues as: immigration; abortion rights, surrogate childbirth, gay marriage, ... view course details

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JWST 4550

The Phoenicians have long been an enigma, a people defined by distant voices. Originating from present-day Lebanon, they were Semitic speakers, renowned seafarers and transmitters of an innovative alphabet ... view course details

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JWST 4623

This seminar utilizes recent research on the concept of minorities in the Middle East during the late Ottoman Period, through the age of European colonialism, and post-colonial nationalisms.  Following ... view course details

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JWST 4711

The Babylonian Talmud is one of the most significant and influential books that the Jews of the ancient world produced. This complex and multi-faceted work comprises over five thousand pages of intricate ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 4711NES 6711RELST 4711

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17930JWST 4711  SEM 101

  • Some reading knowledge of Hebrew and/or experience reading Talmud in its original language required.

JWST 4992

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

JWST 7517

For almost two thousand years the synagogue has been the focal point of Jewish life and identity. It has been the most prominent of Jewish buildings, for Jews and non-Jews. Thousands of synagogues have ... view course details

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JWST 7520

Jews and cities have been shaping each other for thousands of years. Studying those interactions involves urbanism, cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, and the idea of "the ghetto." This course ranges through ... view course details

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