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Minor in Jewish Studies

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Requirements for the Minor

Jewish Studies Minor Course Requirements

Student selecting this minor must complete a course in each of the following areas:

  • Directed Study in Jewish Studies. Satisfied by JWSH 490 or JWSH 490, independent study courses generally taken in the senior year in which students work closely with a faculty adviser and develop a research paper or an alternative project to be completed by the end of the semester. Students should first consult with the director of the program to gain approval of the topic and the faculty adviser.
  • Jewish Studies- Ancient World. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours).
  • Jewish Studies- Modern. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours).
  • Jewish Studies. Satisfied by 2 JWSH courses (6 hours). 1 course in Yiddish or 1 course above the 200 level in Hebrew may count among these hours. Please note that if 1 of these courses — HEBR 210, HEBR 220, YDSH 104, or YDSH 108 — is counted toward the minor, this results in a JWSH minor program of 20 credit hours.

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of major courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Courses Offered in the Jewish Studies Program

Cross-Referenced Courses

  • AMS 344 Case Study in American Studies: Jewish-American Literature and Culture (service-learning course only)
  • AMS 494 Topics in: Jewish-American Literature and Culture
  • AMS 494 Topics in: Blacks and Jews in the United States
  • AMS 696 Studies in: Biography of a City: Jerusalem: 3000 Year History
  • ANTH 465 Genocide and Ethnocide
  • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Holocaust Literature
  • ENGL 336 Jewish-American Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 536 Readings in the Holocaust
  • HEBR 110 Elementary Israeli Hebrew I
  • HEBR 120 Elementary Israeli Hebrew II
  • HEBR 210 Intermediate Israeli Hebrew I
  • HEBR 220 Intermediate Israeli Hebrew II
  • HEBR 230 Biblical Hebrew
  • HEBR 240 Biblical Hebrew II
  • HEBR 310 Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature
  • HEBR 340 Aspects of Modern Hebrew
  • HEBR 350 Intermediate Conversational Hebrew
  • HEBR 453 Investigation and Conference: _____
  • HIST 341 Hitler and Nazi Germany
  • HIST 343 The Holocaust in History
  • HIST 503 The Ancient History of the Near East
  • HIST 660 Biography of a City: Jerusalem: 3,000 Year History
  • HIST 661 Palestine and Antiquity
  • REL 107 Living Religions of the West
  • REL 311 Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament in English)
  • REL 315 History and Literature of Early Christianity
  • REL 325 Introduction to Judaism
  • REL 326 Introduction to the Talmud and Interpretation
  • REL 376 American Judaism: Life and Thought
  • REL 500 Readings in Non-English Religious Texts
  • REL 523 The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • REL 525 Jews and Christians in Greco-Roman Antiquity
  • REL 560 Classical and Contemporary Jewish Thought
  • REL 570 Studies in Judaism
  • REL 761 Seminar in Western Religious Thought: Talmud and Philosophy
  • THR 380 Popular Culture:/JWSH 300 Topics in Jewish Studies: Jewish-American Popular Culture

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