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Program of Study

The BA program in Jewish Studies provides a context in which College students may examine the texts, cultures, languages, and histories of Jews and Judaism over three millennia. The perspective is contextual, comparative, and interdisciplinary. The long and diverse history of Jews and Judaism affords unique opportunities to study modes of continuity and change, interpretation and innovation, and isolation and integration of a world historical civilization. Students are encouraged to develop appropriate skills (in texts, languages, history, and culture) for independent work.

Students in other fields of study may also complete a minor in Jewish Studies. Information follows the description of the major.

Program Requirements

Courses

The major requires twelve courses distributed according to the guidelines that follow. A full, constantly updated list of courses approved for the major and minor is available on the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies website at lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/ccjs/academics/undergraduate-courses.

Language

The twelve courses required for the major typically include three quarters of Hebrew. If the student's research project requires knowledge of a language other than Hebrew, the student may petition the committee to substitute that language for Hebrew. 

Judaic Civilization

The major requires four to six courses in Judaic civilization chosen from any of the following configurations: two or three quarters of JWSC 20001-20002-20003 Jewish History and Society I-II-III; two or three quarters of JWSC 20004-20005-20006 Jewish Thought and Literature I-II-III, or two or three quarters of the Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Civilizations study abroad sequence. (For more information about this program, please see the Study Abroad page of this catalog.) Students who meet the general education requirement in civilization studies in an area outside of Jewish Studies must also take the courses in Judaic civilization prescribed above. Students who meet the general education requirement in civilization studies with one of the Judaic civilization sequences are required to take, as an elective, one quarter of another civilization sequence pertinent to the area and period of their primary interest in Jewish Studies. These students make their choice in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Other Requirements

A minimum of two and a maximum of six courses in Judaic civilization are counted for the major, depending on whether the student uses one of the Judaic civilization sequences to meet the general education requirement in civilization studies. Three courses in Hebrew (or another language, by petition) are also required. Three to six elective courses related to Jewish Studies are also needed to meet the requirement of twelve courses for the major. These elective courses would, in part, constitute a specific area of concentration for each student, and are chosen by the student in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students are encouraged to take at least one method or theory course in the College in the area pertaining to their area of interest.

Students are encouraged to meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before declaring the major. Students who have not completed the general education requirements before starting the major should do so during their first year in the program. Each student in the program has an adviser who is a member of the program's faculty.

Summary of Requirements

Three courses in Hebrew or other approved language as described in Language section300
A total of nine courses from the following:900
Jewish History and Society I-II-III (if not used to meet general education requirement)
Jewish Thought and Literature I-II-III (if not used to meet general education requirement)
Jewish Studies majors may also fulfill the civilization study at our program in Jerusalem. For more information, please see the Study Abroad page of this catalog.
Three to six elective courses related to Jewish Studies *
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Total Units1200
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Courses to be chosen in consultation with the student's adviser in Jewish Studies.

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Students who wish to be considered for honors must also register for JWSC 29900 BA Paper Preparation Course for a total of 13 courses.

Optional BA Paper

Students who choose this option are to meet with their advisers by May 15 of their third year to determine the focus of the research project, and they are expected to begin reading and research for the BA paper during the summer before their fourth year. After further consultation, students are to continue guided readings and participate in a (formal or informal) tutorial during Autumn Quarter of their fourth year. Credit toward the major is received only for the Winter Quarter tutorial during which the BA paper is finally written and revised. The BA tutorial may count toward one of the courses related to Judaic Studies. The BA paper must be received by the primary reader by the end of fifth week of Spring Quarter. A BA paper is a requirement for consideration for honors.

This program may accept a BA paper or project used to satisfy the same requirement in another major if certain conditions are met and with the consent of the other program chair. Approval from both program chairs is required. Students should consult with the chairs by the earliest BA proposal deadline (or by the end of their third year, if neither program publishes a deadline). A consent form, to be signed by both chairs, is available from the College adviser. It must be completed and returned to the College adviser by the end of Autumn Quarter of the student's year of graduation.

Honors

Honors are awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in their course work, as well as on the BA paper. To qualify for honors, students must register for JWSC 29900 BA Paper Preparation Course in addition to the twelve courses required in the general program of study, bringing the total number of courses required to thirteen. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major, and the BA paper must be judged to be at least of A- quality.

Grading

Students take all courses required for the major for quality grades. However, students who qualify for honors may take for P/F grading during the second quarter of their fourth year. Requirements for this P/F course will be agreed upon by the student and the instructor.

Minor in Jewish Studies

The Minor in Jewish Studies offers a basic introduction to the texts, cultures, languages, and history of the Jews and Judaism. The minor requires a total of six courses in two variant sequences:

  1. a language variant that includes three courses in Hebrew or Yiddish at the 20000 or higher level or
  2. a civilization variant that includes three courses in one of the three sequences JWSC 20001-20002-20003 Jewish History and Society I-II-III, JWSC 20004-20005-20006 Jewish Thought and Literature I-II-III, or the Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Civilizations study abroad program.

Students who elect the minor program in Jewish Studies must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the end of Spring Quarter of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor. The director's approval for the minor program should be submitted to the student's College adviser by this deadline on a form obtained from the adviser.

Courses in the minor (1) may not be double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors and (2) may not be counted toward general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades, and at least four of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

Summary of Requirements

Minor in Jewish Studies: Language Variant
Three courses in Hebrew (Biblical or Modern) or Yiddish at the 20000 or higher level300
One of the following:200
Two courses in Jewish History and Society *
Two courses in Jewish Thought and Literature **
Two courses in Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Civilizations***
One additional course in Jewish Studies100
Total Units600
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JWSC 20001-20002-20003 Jewish History and Society I-II-III

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JWSC 20004-20005-20006 Jewish Thought and Literature I-II-III

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 Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Civilizations I-II-III (study abroad program)

Minor in Jewish Studies: Civilization Variant
One of the following sequences:300
Jewish History and Society I-II-III
Jewish Thought and Literature I-II-III
Jewish Studies minors may also fulfill the civilization study at our program in Jerusalem. For more information see the Study Abroad page of this catalog.
Two courses, one in each of two of the following three periods:200
Ancient or Biblical Israel
Rabbinic and Medieval Judaism and Jewish history and culture
Modern Judaism and Jewish history and culture
One additional course in Jewish Studies100
Total Units600

Course Listings

Visit the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies website lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/ccjs/academics/undergraduate-courses for a constantly updated list of courses in Jewish Studies. Many graduate courses open to undergraduates are not listed until the summer prior to the new academic year.

Jewish Studies - College Courses

JWSC 11000-11100-11200. Biblical Aramaic; Old Aramaic Inscriptions; Imperial Aramaic.

Three quarter sequence in Aramaic spanning Biblical Aramaic (Autumn), Old Aramaic (Spring), and Imperial Aramaic (Winter).

JWSC 11000. Biblical Aramaic. 100 Units.

Course in Biblical Aramaic

Instructor(s): S. Creason     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Second-year standing and knowledge of Classical Hebrew
Equivalent Course(s): ARAM 10101

JWSC 11100. Old Aramaic Inscriptions. 100 Units.

Course in Old Aramaic Inscriptions

Instructor(s): S. Creason     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Second-year standing and ARAM 10101
Equivalent Course(s): ARAM 10102

JWSC 11200. Imperial Aramaic. 100 Units.

Course in Imperial Aramaic

Instructor(s): S. Creason     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Second-year standing and ARAM 10102
Equivalent Course(s): ARAM 10103

JWSC 20001-20002-20003. Jewish History and Society I-II-III.

Taking these courses in sequence is not required. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. Students explore the ancient, medieval, and modern phases of Jewish culture(s) by means of documents and artifacts that illuminate the rhythms of daily life in changing economic, social, and political contexts. Texts in English.

JWSC 20001. Jewish History and Society I: The Archaeology of Israel - History, Society, Politics. 100 Units.

The course will offer a historical and critical perspective on 150 years of archaeology in Israel/Palestine, beginning with the first scientific endeavors of the 19th century and covering British Mandate and pre-state Jewish scholarship, as well as developments in the archaeology of Israel since 1948. I will devote particular attention to the mutual construction of archaeological interpretation and Israeli identity and to the contested role of archaeology in the public sphere both within Israeli society and in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The course will conclude with a discussion of the plausibility and possible content of an indigenous post-conflict archaeology in Israel and Palestine, based on 21st century paradigm shifts in archaeological discourse and field work.

Instructor(s): R. Greenberg     Terms Offered: Spring
Equivalent Course(s): CRES 20001,HIST 22113,NEHC 20401,NEHC 30401,RLST 20604

JWSC 20002. Jewish History and Society II: Messianism and Modernity. 100 Units.

This course will consider the changing function of the notion of the messiah as it developed and changed in the modern era.  It takes as its concrete starting point the Sabbatian Heresy of the 17th century and concludes with Derrida’s philosophical development of the concept of the messianic. The course’s aim is to use messianism as a focal point around which to consider the dynamic relationship between philosophy and Jewish civilization. It will examine the changing representations of the the Messiah within the history of Jewish civilization. Concurrently it will consider the after-effect of these representations on discourses of modernity and vice-versa, illustrating both how Enlightenment conceptions of progress helped to create the notion of “messianism” understood as an abstract idea, and how the modern/post-modern philosophical conception of the “messianic” as a force that interrupts time is dependent upon historical studies of the messianic dimension of traditional Judaism.

Instructor(s): S. Hammerschlag     Terms Offered: Winter
Equivalent Course(s): HIST 22406,NEHC 20402,NEHC 30402,RLST 25801

JWSC 20003. Jewish History and Society III: Israel Society and Jewish Cultures - Religiosity, Nation, Migration. 100 Units.

The class will discuss the connections between Israeli history and Jewish history. We will explore the history of the state since its establishment, its intellectual elites, their cultural production, as well as the protests, demonstrations, and sit-ins organized by Israeli Jews in Israel during the years 1948-2012. The class will reflect on tensions between Israelis of different origins, Mizrahi, Ashkenazi and Ethiopian communities in particular, and will discuss whether the arrival of various communities of Jews to Israel signified a liberating exodus from an oppressive  exile; we will therefore consider different periodizations of Israeli history in which the moment of arrival to Israel of various migrants/’olim (like Holocaust survivors, Mizrahi Jews, and others) marked the beginning of a difficult journey, aimed at achieving social mobility and citizenship rights in the Jewish state. We will also look at conflicts based on religion, especially the encounters between Haredi, national-religious and secular Jews in Israel. Finally, we will explore Israel’s relations with its Palestinian citizens and the Palestinian subjects in the occupied West Bank. The class will consider instances of politicized violence in Israel, and reflect on the ways in which their analysis could inform our thinking about social identities, nationalism, and religiosity. We will try to read against, and beyond, national Zionist narratives; unpack many national silences regarding the social and economic tensions embodied in these events, and study their implications with respect to visions of pluralism, binationalism, integration, and nationalism in Israel.

Instructor(s): O. Bashkin     Terms Offered: Autumn
Equivalent Course(s): HIST 22202,NEHC 20403,NEHC 30403,RLST 20605

JWSC 20004-20005-20006. Jewish Thought and Literature I-II-III.

Taking these courses in sequence is not required. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. Students in this sequence explore Jewish thought and literature from ancient times until the modern era through a close reading of original sources. A wide variety of works is discussed, including the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and texts representative of rabbinic Judaism, medieval Jewish philosophy, and modern Jewish culture in its diverse manifestations. Texts in English.

JWSC 20004. Jewish Thought and Literature I: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 100 Units.

The course will survey the contents of all twenty-four books of the Hebrew Bible, and introduce critical questions regarding its central and marginal figures, events, and ideas, its literary qualities and anomalies, the history of its composition and transmission, its relation to other artifacts from the biblical period, its place in the history and society of ancient Israel, and its relation to the larger culture of the ancient Near East.

Instructor(s): S. Chavel     Terms Offered: Autumn
Equivalent Course(s): RLST 11005,BIBL 31000

JWSC 20005. Jewish Thought and Literature II: The Bible and Archaeology. 100 Units.

In this course we will look at how interpretation of evidence unearthed by archaeologists contributes to a historical-critical reading of the Bible, and vice versa. We will focus on the cultural background of the biblical narratives, from the stories of Creation and Flood to the destruction of the Jerusalem temple by the Romans in the year 70. No prior coursework in archaeology or biblical studies is required, although it will be helpful for students to have taken JWSC 20004 (Introduction to the Hebrew Bible) in the Autumn Quarter.

Instructor(s): D. Schloen     Terms Offered: Spring
Equivalent Course(s): NEHC 20405,NEHC 30405,RLST 20408

JWSC 20006. Jewish Thought and Literature III: Biblical Voices in Modern Hebrew Literature. 100 Units.

The Hebrew Bible is the most important intertextual point of reference in Modern Hebrew literature, a literary tradition that begins with the (sometimes contested) claim to revive the ancient language of the Bible. In this course, we will consider the Bible as a source of vocabulary, figurative language, voice and narrative models in modern Hebrew and Jewish literature, considering the stakes and the implications of such intertextual engagement. Among the topics we will focus on: the concept of language-revival, the figure of the prophet-poet, revisions and counter-versions of key Biblical stories (including the story of creation, the binding of Isaac and the stories of King David), the Song of Songs in Modern Jewish poetry.

Instructor(s): N. Rokem     Terms Offered: Winter
Equivalent Course(s): NEHC 20406,NEHC 30406,CMLT 20401,CMLT 30401,RLST 20406,RLIT 30406,FNDL 20415

JWSC 20300-20400-20500. Elementary Yiddish I-II-III.

The goal of this sequence is to develop proficiency in Yiddish reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Touchstones of global Yiddish culture are also introduced through song, film, and contemporary Yiddish websites.

JWSC 20300. Elementary Yiddish I. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): Sunny Yudkoff     Terms Offered: Autumn
Equivalent Course(s): YDDH 10100,LGLN 27200,YDDH 37300

JWSC 20400. Elementary Yiddish II. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): Sunny Yudkoff     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): YDDH 10100/37300 or consent of instructor
Equivalent Course(s): YDDH 10200,LGLN 27300,YDDH 37400

JWSC 20500. Elementary Yiddish III. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): Sunny Yudkoff     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): YDDH 10200/37400 or consent of instructor. No auditors.
Equivalent Course(s): YDDH 10300,LGLN 27400,YDDH 37500

JWSC 20911. Jews and Judaism in the Classical Era and Late Antiquity: From Temple to Text, from “Land” to “Torah” 100 Units.

This course will address the thousand-year evolvement of post-Biblical Judaism from a Temple and Land orientation to the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism. The first section of the course will focus on the political and cultural effects of the Hellenistic and early Roman periods on Jews and Judaism, with a stress placed not only on the social and political developments in Judea but on the early stages and subsequent growth of Jewish diaspora communities as well. In this context special attention will be given to the variegated literary corpus produced by Jews both in Judea and the diaspora. The second section will analyze the changes in Jewish life and self-identity in the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple in 70CE, and the gradual emergence of Rabbinic Judaism as an alternative expression of Jewish religious commitment. The Roman Empire's embracing of Christianity on the one hand, and the growing assertiveness of a Babylonian Rabbinic community on the other, will also be closely examined.

Instructor(s): I. Gafni     Terms Offered: Winter 2015
Equivalent Course(s): RLST 20911,HIJD 30911,NEHC 20491

JWSC 22000-22100-22200. Elementary Classical Hebrew I-II-III.

The purpose of this three-quarter sequence is to enable the student to read biblical Hebrew prose with a high degree of comprehension. The course is divided into two segments: (1) the first two quarters are devoted to acquiring the essentials of descriptive and historical grammar (including translation to and from Hebrew, oral exercises, and grammatical analysis); and (2) the third quarter is spent examining prose passages from the Hebrew Bible and includes a review of grammar.

JWSC 22000. Elementary Classical Hebrew I. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): S. Creason     Terms Offered: Autumn
Note(s): This class meets 5 times a week
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 10101

JWSC 22100. Elementary Classical Hebrew II. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): S. Creason     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 10101 or equivalent
Note(s): This class meets 5 times a week
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 10102

JWSC 22200. Elementary Classical Hebrew III. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): S. Creason     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 10102
Note(s): This class meets 5 times a week
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 10103

JWSC 22201-22302. Tannaitic Hebrew Texts I-II.

This course consists of readings in the Mishnah and Tosefta, the main corpus of legal and juridical texts assembled by the Palestinian academic masters during the second and early third centuries. Goals are to introduce: (1) views and opinions of early rabbinic scholars who flourished in the period immediately following that of the writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls; (2) aspects of the material culture of the Palestinian Jews during that same period; and (3) grammar and vocabulary of what is generally called “early rabbinic Hebrew” and thereby to facilitate the ability to read and understand unvocalized Hebrew texts.

JWSC 22201. Tannaitic Hebrew Texts I. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): N. Golb     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Some basic knowledge of biblical and/or modern Hebrew, and consent of instructor
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 20301

JWSC 22302. Tannaitic Hebrew Texts II. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): N. Golb     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 20301 and consent of instructor
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 20302

JWSC 22300-22400-22500. Intermediate Classical Hebrew I-II-III.

A continuation of Elementary Classical Hebrew. The first quarter consists of reviewing grammar, and of reading and analyzing further prose texts. The last two quarters are devoted to an introduction to Hebrew poetry with readings from Psalms, Proverbs, and the prophets.

JWSC 22300. Intermediate Classical Hebrew I. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): D. Pardee     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 10103 or equivalent
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 20104

JWSC 22400. Intermediate Classical Hebrew II. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): D. Pardee     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 20104 or equivalent
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 20105

JWSC 22500. Intermediate Classical Hebrew III. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): D. Pardee     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 20105 or equivalent
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 20106

JWSC 23000-23100-23200. Medieval Jewish History I-II-III.

This sequence does NOT meet the general education requirement in civilization studies. This three-quarter sequence deals with the history of the Jews over a wide geographical and historical range. First-quarter work is concerned with the rise of early rabbinic Judaism and development of the Jewish communities in Palestine and the Eastern and Western diasporas during the first several centuries CE. Topics include the legal status of the Jews in the Roman world, the rise of rabbinic Judaism, the rabbinic literature of Palestine in that context, the spread of rabbinic Judaism, the rise and decline of competing centers of Jewish hegemony, the introduction of Hebrew language and culture beyond the confines of their original home, and the impact of the birth of Islam on the political and cultural status of the Jews. An attempt is made to evaluate the main characteristics of Jewish belief and social concepts in the formative periods of Judaism as it developed beyond its original geographical boundaries. Second-quarter work is concerned with the Jews under Islam, both in Eastern and Western Caliphates. Third-quarter work is concerned with the Jews of Western Europe from the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries.

JWSC 23000. Medieval Jewish History I. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): N. Golb     Terms Offered: Autumn
Equivalent Course(s): NEHC 20411,NEHC 30411

JWSC 23100. Medieval Jewish History II. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): N. Golb     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): NEHC 20411
Equivalent Course(s): NEHC 30412,NEHC 20412

JWSC 23200. Medieval Jewish History III. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): N. Golb     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): NEHC 20412
Equivalent Course(s): NEHC 30413,HUMA 23200,NEHC 20413

JWSC 24500. America's White Ethnics: Contemporary Italian- and Jewish-American Ethnic Identities. 100 Units.

Using American Italians and Jews as case studies, this course investigates what it means to be a white “ethnic” in the contemporary American context and examines what constitutes an ethnic identity. In the mid-20th century, the long-standing ideal of an American melting-pot began to recede. The rise of racial pride, ushered in by the Civil Rights era, made way for the emergence of ethnic identity/pride movements, and multiculturalisms, more broadly, became privileged. To some extent, in the latter half of the 20th century America became a post-assimilationist society and culture, where many still strived to “fit-in,” but it was no longer necessarily the ideal to “blend-in” or lose one’s ethnic trappings. In this context, it has become not only possible, but often desirable, to be at the same time American, white, and an ethnic. Through the investigation of the Jewish and Italian examples, this discussion-style course will look at how ethnicity is manifested in, for example, class, religion, gender, nostalgia, and place, as well as how each of these categories is in turn constitutive of ethnic identity. The course will illustrate that there is no fixed endpoint of assimilation or acculturation, after which a given individual is fully “American,” but that ethnic identity, and its various constituent elements, persists and perpetually evolves, impacting individual identities and experience, and both local/group specific and larger cultural narratives even many generations after immigration.

Instructor(s): L. Shapiro     Terms Offered: Autumn
Equivalent Course(s): CHDV 27317,CRES 27317

JWSC 25000-25100-25200. Introductory Modern Hebrew I-II-III.

This three quarter course introduces students to reading, writing, and speaking modern Hebrew. All four language skills are emphasized: comprehension of written and oral materials; reading of nondiacritical text; writing of directed sentences, paragraphs, and compositions; and speaking. Students learn the Hebrew root pattern system and the seven basic verb conjugations in both the past and present tenses, as well as simple future. At the end of the year, students can conduct short conversations in Hebrew, read materials designed to their level, and write short essay.

JWSC 25000. Introductory Modern Hebrew I. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): A. Almog     Terms Offered: Autumn
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 10501

JWSC 25100. Introductory Modern Hebrew II. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): A. Almog     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 10501 or equivalent
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 10502

JWSC 25200. Introductory Modern Hebrew III. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): A. Almog     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 10502 or equivalent
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 10503

JWSC 25300-25400-25500. Intermediate Modern Hebrew I-II-III.

The main objective of this course is to provide students with the skills necessary to approach modern Hebrew prose, both fiction and nonfiction. In order to achieve this task, students are provided with a systematic examination of the complete verb structure. Many syntactic structures are introduced (e.g., simple clauses, coordinate and compound sentences). At this level, students not only write and speak extensively but are also required to analyze grammatically and contextually all of material assigned.

JWSC 25300. Intermediate Modern Hebrew I. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): A. Almog     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 10503 or equivalent
Note(s): The course is devised for students who have previously taken either modern or biblical Hebrew courses.
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 20501

JWSC 25400. Intermediate Modern Hebrew II. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): A. Almog     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 20501or equivalent
Note(s): The course is devised for students who have previously taken either modern or biblical Hebrew courses.
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 20502

JWSC 25500. Intermediate Modern Hebrew III. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): A. Almog     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 20502 or equivalent
Note(s): The course is devised for students who have previously taken either modern or biblical Hebrew courses.
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 20503

JWSC 25600-25700-25800. Advanced Modern Hebrew I-II-III.

This course assumes that students have full mastery of the grammatical and lexical content of the intermediate level. The main objective is literary fluency. The texts used in this course include both academic prose, as well as literature. Students are exposed to semantics and morphology in addition to advanced grammar.

JWSC 25600. Advanced Modern Hebrew I. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): A. Finkelstein     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 20503 or equivalent

JWSC 25700. Advanced Modern Hebrew II. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): A. Finkelstein     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 20503 or equivalent

JWSC 25800. Advanced Modern Hebrew III. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): A. Finkelstein     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 20503 or equivalent

JWSC 25601. Advanced Readings in Modern Hebrew. 100 Units.

Although this course assumes that students have full mastery of the grammatical and lexical content at the intermediate level, there is a shift from a reliance on the cognitive approach to an emphasis on the expansion of various grammatical and vocabulary-related subjects. After being introduced to sophisticated and more complex syntactic constructions, students learn how to transform simple sentences into more complicated ones. The exercises address the creative efforts of students, and the reading segments are longer and more challenging in both style and content. The language of the texts reflects the literary written medium rather than the more informal spoken style, which often dominates the introductory and intermediate texts.

Instructor(s): N. Rokem     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): HEBR 20503 or equivalent
Equivalent Course(s): HEBR 30601,LGLN 23001,LGLN 33001

JWSC 26310. Their Brothers' Rights: Western and Eastern Jews in the Long Nineteenth Century. 100 Units.

The course deals with interventions by “Western” Jewries on behalf of Jewish communities in the “East,” especially imperial Russia and the Ottoman Empire, between the Congress of Vienna (1814–1815) and the eve of the First World War. The course will follow two axes of interpretation: first, the global conditions established through international relations, focusing on the principle of the balance of power and accompanied by conferences and congresses; second, from the mid-nineteenth century onward, the transformation from intercession by notables to a kind of nongovernmental Jewish diplomacy undertaken by organizations promoting education, welfare, and civil equality.

Instructor(s): D. Diner     Terms Offered: Spring
Equivalent Course(s): HIST 23515,GRMN 23510,SLAV 23510

JWSC 27301-27401. Intermediate Yiddish I-II.

This sequence combines an intensive review of grammar with the acquisition of more advanced grammatical concepts. Specific attention is paid to regional variants in grammar and orthography. Students develop their reading and writing skills by focusing their attention on the literature of the Yiddish press and the work of Abe Cahan.

JWSC 27301. Intermediate Yiddish I. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): S. Yudkoff     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): YDDH 10300 or consent of instructor. No auditors.
Equivalent Course(s): YDDH 20100,YDDH 39500

JWSC 27401. Intermediate Yiddish II. 100 Units.

Instructor(s): S. Yudkoff     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): YDDH 10300 or consent of instructor. No auditors.
Equivalent Course(s): YDDH 20200,YDDH 39600

JWSC 29700. Reading and Research Course. 100 Units.

Terms Offered: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor and Undergraduate Program Adviser
Note(s): Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.

JWSC 29900. BA Paper Preparation Course. 100 Units.

Terms Offered: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor and Undergraduate Program Adviser
Note(s): Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Required of honors candidates. May be taken for P/F grading with consent of instructor.


Contacts

Undergraduate Primary Contacts

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ariela Finkelstein
C 223
702.7022
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Center Director
Josef Stern
Stu 214
702.8594
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Administrative Contact

Administrator
Nancy Pardee
Walker 109
773.702.7108
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