Courses

With over 120 currently approved Judaic Studies courses offered during the Fall and Winter terms of each academic year, concentrators enjoy diverse options as they progress through their studies. Students can also sample additional courses from visiting faculty and may transfer course work from other colleges or universities in Israel or elsewhere. Frankel Center advisors assist students in determining the program of study tailored to individual interests. Due to ongoing curriculum development, the course numbers and titles are subject to change at any time.

 

Approved Courses

Additional courses offered by visiting faculty in Judaic Studies and other disciplines, as well as transfer course work from colleges or universities in Israel or elsewhere may be approved for credit. Please consult the concentration advisor about these options. Topics courses (JUDAIC 218, 316, 317, 318, 416, and 417) may fulfill more than one category. Due to ongoing curriculum development, course numbers and titles may change. Please contact the Student/Fellow Coordinator at 734.615.6097 for verification of this information. Courses under other numbers may also fulfill concentration requirements by permission of the Director of Judaic Studies. Please check each semester's Judaic Studies course offerings.

History & Social Sciences

Course # Description Credits
HISTORY 281 Comparative Study in History and Culture 3
HISTORY 396 History Colloquium (appropriate section) 3
HISTORY 397 History Colloquium (appropriate section) 3
JUDAIC 244 The Arab-Jewish Conflict in the Middle East: 1880–present 4
JUDAIC 260 Introduction to the Talmud and the Rabbis 3
JUDAIC 265 Jewish Law 3
JUDAIC 271 Contact & Conflict: Jewish Experience in E. Europe — Art, Film, & Lit 3
JUDAIC 277 Land of Israel and Palestine through the Ages 3
JUDAIC 290 Jews and Muslims 4
JUDAIC 296 Perspectives on the Holocaust 3
JUDAIC 380 Medieval Jewish History: 500–1492 3
JUDAIC 382 Early Modern Jewish History: 1492–1700 3
JUDAIC 383 Modern Jewish History to 1880 3
JUDAIC 384 Modern Jewish History: 1880–1948 3
JUDAIC 385 History of Zionism and the State of Israel 4
JUDAIC 386 The Holocaust 3
JUDAIC 387 History of American Jews 4
JUDAIC 406 The Church and Jews 3
JUDAIC 410 American Jewish Community 3
JUDAIC 435 Cultural History of Russian Jews 3
JUDAIC 451 Politics and Culture of Modern East European Jewry 3
JUDAIC 480 Jewish Identity, Politics, and Culture in the Age of Secularism 3
JUDAIC 628 The transformation of the Jews 3
JUDAIC 652 Jewish Political Thought and Experience 3
POLSCI 350 Politics and Culture of Modern East European Jewry 3
POLSCI 351 Israeli Society and Politics 3
POLSCI 353 The Arab-Israeli Conflict 4

Jewish Literature & Culture

Course # Description Credits
AAPTIS 383 The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Middle Eastern Literature 3
ENGLISH 313 Topics in Literary Studies (appropriate sections) 4
ENGLISH 317 Literature and Culture (appropriate sections) 3
ENGLISH 318 Literary Types (appropriate sections) 3
ENGLISH 383 Topics in Jewish Literature 3
ENGLISH 417 Senior Seminar (appropriate sections) 4
ENGLISH 430 The Rise of the Novel (appropriate sections) 4
HJCS 305 Israeli Theater and Film 3
HJCS 335 Tokyo–Tel Aviv: City, Nation, and Identity in Israel and Japan 4
HJCS 401 Hebrew of the Communications Media 3
HJCS 471 Reading Hebrew Literature 4
HJCS 472 Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature II 3
HJCS 491 Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 3
HJCS 571 Israeli Literature 3
HJCS 591 Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 3
HJCS 592 Seminar in Hebrew and Jewish Culture Studies 3
JUDAIC 250 Jewish Film: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality 3
JUDAIC 270 Intro to Rabbinic Literature 3
JUDAIC 271 Contact & Conflict: Jewish Experience in E. Europe – Art, Film, & Lit 3
JUDAIC 281 Jews in the Modern World: Texts, Images, and Ideas 3
JUDAIC 296 Perspectives on the Holocaust 4
JUDAIC 320 The Jewish Graphic Novel 3
JUDAIC 323 History of Jewish Visual Culture 3
JUDAIC 343 American Jews and Media Industry 3
JUDAIC 344 Passing: Race, Religion, and Getting By 3
JUDAIC 360 A Global History of the Jews of Spain 3
JUDAIC 373 Israeli Culture and Society 3
JUDAIC 376 Women and the Bible 3
JUDAIC 381 Introduction to Israeli Literature and Culture 4
JUDAIC 387 History of American Jews 3
JUDAIC 435 Cultural History of Russian Jews 3
JUDAIC 401 Reading in Yiddish Texts 3
JUDAIC 451 The Politics and Culture of Modern East European Jewry 3
JUDAIC 467 Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism 3
JUDAIC 478 Modern Jewish Thought 3
JUDAIC 480 Jewish Identity, Politics, and Culture in the Age of Secularism 3
JUDAIC 550 Russian Jewish Thought 3
JUDAIC 591 Advanced Readings in Judaic Studies 4
JUDAIC 592 Advanced Readings in Judaic Studies 4
SLAVIC 270 Contact & Conflict: Jewish Experience in Eastern and Central Europe 3

Languages

Course # Description Credits
ACABS 201 Intermediate Classical Hebrew I 3
ACABS 202 Intermediate Classical Hebrew II 3
ACABS 483 Aramaic I 3
ACABS 484 Aramaic II 3
ACABS 581 Ugaritic I 3
ACABS 582 Ugaritic II 3
HJCS 201 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I 5
HJCS 202 Intermediate Modern Hebrew II 5
HJCS 301 Advanced Modern Hebrew I 3
HJCS 302 Advanced Modern Hebrew II 3
JUDAIC 201 Intermediate Yiddish I 4
JUDAIC 202 Intermediate Yiddish II 4
JUDAIC 301 Advanced Yiddish I 4
JUDAIC 302 Advanced Yiddish II 4

100–level (beginning) language courses are available for Classical and Modern Hebrew, as well as Yiddish, but are not applicable to the Judaic Studies concentration.

Classical & Modern Judaism: Law and Religion

Course # Description Credits
ACABS 221 Jesus and the Gospels 3
ACABS 291 Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 3
ACABS 321 History and Religion of Ancient Israel 4
ACABS 322 History and Religion of Ancient Judaism 4
ACABS 591 Topics in ACABS (appropriate sections) 3
ACABS 592 Seminar in ACABS (appropriate sections) 3
HJCS 200 Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern 4
HJCS 542 The Literature of the Hebrew Bible 3
HJCS 543 The Bible in Jewish Tradition 3
JUDAIC 257 Law and the Pre-Modern World 3
JUDAIC 260 Introduction to the Talmud and the Rabbis 3
JUDAIC 265 Jewish Law 3
JUDAIC 270 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature 3
JUDAIC 277 The Land of Israel/Palestine through the Ages 4
JUDAIC 281 Jews in Modern World: Texts, Images, Ideas 4
JUDAIC 467 Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism 3
JUDAIC 468 Jewish Mysticism 3
JUDAIC 470 Reading the Rabbis 4
JUDAIC 478 Modern Jewish Thought 3
JUDAIC 481 Jews & Modernism in 20th–Century Eastern & Central Europe 3

Pre-Modern Periods (Before Ca. 1750)

Course # Description Credits
ACABS 307 History and Religion of Ancient Judaism 4
HJCS 200 Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern Studies 4
JUDAIC 260 Introduction to the Talmud and the Rabbis 3
JUDAIC 265 Jewish Law 3
JUDAIC 270 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature 3
JUDAIC 277 The Land of Israel/Palestine through the Ages 4
JUDAIC 323 History of Jewish Visual Culture 3
JUDAIC 376 Women and the Bible 3
JUDAIC 380 Medieval Jewish History: 500–1492 3
JUDAIC 382 Early Modern Jewish History: 1492–1700 3
JUDAIC 406 The Church Jews 3
JUDAIC 467 Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism 3
JUDAIC 468 Jewish Mysticism 3
JUDAIC 470 Reading the Rabbis 4

Independent Study Courses(Consent of Instructor Required)

Course # Description Credits
JUDAIC 495 A–E grade; undergrad credit; non-repeatable 1–3
JUDAIC 496 A–E grade; undergrad or Graduate credit; non-repeatable 1–3
JUDAIC 497 A–E and Y–grade approved; undergrad credit; non-repeatable 3
JUDAIC 498 A–E grade; taken following JUDAIC 497 (if Y–grade used); Undergrad credit; non-repeatable 3
JUDAIC 500 A–E grade; graduate credit; Repeatable (3 credits); may be taken more than once in same academic term 1–3