Major in Jewish Studies 2013-2014

The Jewish Studies program reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. Please check with the Jewish Studies program or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student.

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed below.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Jewish Studies at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, students must complete 36 credit hours of Jewish Studies requirements, of which 18 credit hours must be upper division (3000/4000 level) courses. A grade of C- or better must be received by all Jewish studies courses used to satisfy the major requirements, with an overall average of 2.00 in the major. No more than 6 credit hours may be taken in independent study. No pass/fail graded courses may satisfy the 36-semester-hour minimum requirement. Many courses also satisfy the university core curriculum requirements.

CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses
  • JWST/HEBR 2350 (3) Introduction to Jewish Culture
  • JWST 4000 (3) Methods in Jewish Studies (Senior Capstone)

Language Requirement:

Three years of university level language training or demonstrated equivalent proficiency in Hebrew (modern or Biblical) or another language that is to be used in the Jewish Studies capstone project (JWST 4000). Examples include Russian, French, German, Arabic, or Spanish.

Language must be approved by major advisor.

Completion of at least two (6 credit hours) of the following courses (all are highly recommended):

  • JWST/HIST 1818 (3) Introduction to Jewish History, Bible to 1492
  • JWST/HIST 1828 (3) Introduction to Jewish History since 1492
  • JWST/HEBR 2551 (3) World Jewish Literature
  • JWST/RLST 3100 (3) Judaism
  • JWST/IAFS 3600 (3) Global Secular Jewish Societies

Optional but highly recommended:

  • JWST 3930 (3) Internship in Jewish Studies

12-24 remaining credit hours, of which at least eight must be upper division (3000/4000 level), taken from among the following list or additional course by approval of major advisor:

Lower Division

  • JWST/RLST 2600 (3) Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  • JWST/GRMN 2502 (3) Representing the Holocaust
  • HEBR 1030 (3) Biblical Hebrew
  • HEBR 1040 (3) Biblical Hebrew
  • HEBR 2121 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
  • HUMN/GRMN 2601 (3) Kafkaesque

NOTE: The first three semesters of modern Hebrew (or any equivalent language being used in the required capstone course JWST 4000) do not count as credits toward the major.

Upper Division

  • JWST/HEBR 3202 (3) Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Jewish Texts and Traditions
  • JWST/ENGL 3312 (3) The Bible as Literature
  • JWST/GRMN 3501 (3) German Jewish Writers
  • JWST/IAFS 3610 (3) Topics in International Affairs and Jewish Studies
  • JWST/IAFS 3650 (3) Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • JWST/ENGL 3677 (3) American Jewish Writers
  • JWST/ANTH 4050 (3) Topics in Jewish Anthropology
  • JWST/HEBR 4101 (3) Topics in Hebrew Literature
  • JWST/RLST 4260 (3) Topics in Judaism
  • JWST/HEBR 4301 (3) Venice: The Cradle of European Jewish Culture
  • JWST 4302 (3) Justice, Human Rights, and Democracy in Israel
  • JWST/HIST 4338 (3) History of Modern Israel
  • JWST/HIST 4348 (3) Topics: World Areas in Jewish History
  • JWST/HIST 4349 (3) History of Jews under Islam
  • JWST/HIST 4454 (3) Jewish Intellectual History
  • JWST/HIST 4544 (3) History of Yiddish Culture
  • JWST/ANTH 4580 (3) The Holocaust
  • JWST/HIST 4803 (3) Topics: European Jewish History
  • JWST/HIST 4804 (3) Modern European Jewish History
  • JWST/HIST 4827 (3) Modern American Jewish History
  • HEBR 3010 (3) Third-Year Hebrew, First Semester
  • HEBR 3020 (3) Third-Year Hebrew, Second Semester
  • HIST 4433 (3) Nazi Germany
  • WRTG 3020 (3) After the Holocaust