Jewish Studies*

*Jewish Studies is offered exclusively as a concentration.

Program Office: Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, 617 Kent Hall; 212-854-2581
http://www.iijs.columbia.edu/

Program Director: Prof. Jeremy Dauber, 319 Hamilton; 212-854-9608; jad213@columbia.edu

Assistant Director: Dana Kresel, 625 Kent Hall; 212-854-4006; drk2106@columbia.edu

The academic discipline of Jewish studies is an interdisciplinary field centered on the analysis and investigation of Jewish history, religion, language, and literature. The discipline ranges from the study of Jews and Judaism in antiquity to the present day. It explores Judaism not only as a religion, but as a civilization and culture.

A special concentration in Jewish studies is available for undergraduates and allows students to draw upon classes in a wide range of departments across the University, including History; Sociology; Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; Germanic Languages and Literature; and Religion. The requirements for the special concentration are designed to provide students with the interdisciplinary knowledge necessary to study Jewish civilization both broadly and deeply.

The roots of Judaism lie deeper than one region, gender, language, or culture; and by studying the interconnectedness of these areas, the depth of understanding across a range of spheres and disciplines greatly increases. The special concentration in Jewish studies enhances the current scholarly programs, adding to current Jewish studies courses' vitality as students come to each course with a deeper understanding and background based on their complementary coursework.

Students wishing to complete a special concentration in Jewish studies work with a program adviser to decide upon course selection and sequencing. The program office provides and keeps on record a planning form to track the fulfillment of requirements for the special concentration.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Beth Berkowitz (Religion, Barnard)
  • Clemence Boulouque (Religion)
  • Elisheva Carlebach (History)
  • Yinon Cohen (Sociology)
  • Jeremy Dauber (Germanic Languages)
  • Rebecca Kobrin (History)
  • Rina Kreitman (Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies)
  • Agnieszka Legutko (Germanic Languages)
  • Yitzhak Lewis (Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies)
  • Dan Miron (Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies)
  • Seth Schwartz (History)
  • Michael Stanislawski (History)

Special Concentration in Jewish Studies

In addition to the requirements of the special concentration, students must complete a major or a full concentration.

In addition to the requirements of the special concentration, students must complete a major.

For a special concentration in Jewish studies, students are required to complete a minimum of 21 points. Please note:

  • At least one course must be taken from each of three of the focus areas listed below.
  • Credits for language courses may constitute at most 10 points, and one year of Hebrew or Yiddish language is strongly recommended.
  • A minimum of 18 points must be taken at Columbia or as part of an approved study abroad program (unless equivalent courses are not offered at Columbia, as determined by the faculty adviser).

The focus areas and courses listed below are examples and do not include all the potential courses which may count. Additionally, as new courses are introduced, new focus areas may develop. Some courses may fall under multiple headings. Determination of a course's focus area is at the discretion of the faculty adviser.

Focus Areas

Bible and Rabbinics/Ancient Judaism
RELI V3512 The Bible and Its Interpreters
RELI W4537 Talmudic Narrative
RELI W4520 Patriarchal and Rabbinic Authority in Antiquity
RELI V3501 Introduction To the Hebrew Bible
RELI V3508 Origins of Judaism
RELI V3561 Classics fo Judaism: Ethics of the Fathers
RELI V2510 Jews and Judaism in Antiquity
RELI W4535
Medieval Judaism
HIST W3657 Medieval Jewish Cultures
HIST W3616 Jews and Christians in the Medieval World
RELI W4510 The Thought of Maimonides
RELI V3870 Inquisitions, New Christians, and Empire
RELI W4515 Reincarnation and Technology
HIST W4180 Conversion in Historical Perspective
Modern Judaism
HIST W3630 American Jewish History
RELI V3571 Judaism, Jewishness, and Modernity
MDES UN3542
Israeli Society
MDES UN3542
MDES W3541 Zionism: A Cultural Perspective
RELI W4513 Homelands, Diasporas, Promised Lands
Gender and Judaism
HIST W3640 Jewish Women and Family, 1000-1800
RELI V3570 Women and Judaism: Folklore or Religion?
RELI W4504 Reading the Patriarchal and Matriarchal Stories in Genesis
Jewish History and Culture
MUSI G4125 Jewish Music: Uniqueness and Diversity
RELI V3585 The Sephardic Experience
RELI W4503 Readings from the Sephardic Diaspora
RELI V2505 Intro to Judaism
RELI W4511 Jewish Ethics
HIST W3657 Medieval Jewish Cultures
HIST W4645 Spinoza to Sabbatai: Jews in Early Modern Europe
Jewish Literature
CLYD W3500 Readings In Jewish Literature: Humor In Jewish Literature [In English]
YIDD UN3800
RELI V3561 Classics fo Judaism: Ethics of the Fathers

Jewish Studies courses are housed in a number of departments throughout the University. For current and past course offerings, please see below.

Fall 2017 Courses of Interest (being updated regularly)

Germanics
YIDD UN1101 Elementary Yiddish I
YIDD UN2101 Intermediate Yiddish I
YIDD GU4113 Yiddish for Academic Purposes I
YIDD GU4420 READINGS-YIDDISH LITERATU
History
HIST UN2100 Early Modern Europe: Print and Society
HIST UN2611 Jews and Judaism in Antiquity
HIST UN3645 Spinoza to Sabbatai: Jews in Early Modern Europe
Middle East, South African, and Asian Studies
MDES UN1501 First Year Modern Hebrew: Elementary I
MDES UN2501 Second Year Modern Hebrew: Intermediate I
MDES UN2517 Hebrew for Heritage Speakers I
MDES GU4501 Readings in Hebrew Texts I
MDES GU4510 Third Year Modern Hebrew I
Political Science
POLS GU4433 Israel 20 Years After Rabin
Religion
RELI UN2306 Intro to Judaism
RELI GU4524 Theories of the Unconscious and Jewish Thought
Sociology
SOCI UN3285 Israeli Society and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
SOCI GR6010 ISRAELI SOCIETY: SPEC
Women's Studies
WMST GU4310 Contemporary American Jewish Women's Literature: 1990 to Present

Of related interest, Spring 2017

Comparative Literature
CLYD UN3600 Holocaust Literature: A Survey
CLME UN1520 Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature: The Emergence of Modernism in Hebrew Prose
Germanic Languages
YIDD UN1101 Elementary Yiddish I
YIDD UN1102 Elementary Yiddish II
YIDD UN2101 Intermediate Yiddish I
YIDD GU4650 Life Writing in Yiddish Literature: Autobiography, Memoir or Fiction? (in English)
History
HIST UN3120 Censorship and Freedom of Expression in Early Modern Europe
HIST GU4234 Genocides and Holocaust
Jewish Studies
JWST GU4204 The New Wave in Israeli Fiction (The New Wave in Israeli Fiction)
Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies
MDES W1511 First Year Modern Hebrew: Elementary II
MDES W1513 Second Year Hebrew: Intermediate II
MDES W1518 Hebrew for Heritage Speaker II
MDES UN2502 Second Year Hebrew: Intermediate II
MDES UN2518 Hebrew for Heritage Speaker II
MDES GU4502 Fourth Year Hebrew: Readings II
MDES GU4511 Third Year Modern Hebrew II
Political Science
POLS GU4449 Cleavages, Conflicts and Bridges in Israeli Politics and Foreign Policy
Religion
RELI V3301 Hebrew Bible
RELI UN3303 Judaism and Translation in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean
RELI GU4308 Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah
RELI GU4637 Talmudic Narrative
Sociology
SOCI GR6200 International Migration (Women's Studies)
Women's Studies
WMST GU4302 The Second Wave and Jewish Women's Artistic Responses: 1939-1990

Additional Courses, Including Those Not Currently Offered

Germanic Languages
YIDD UN2102 Intermediate Yiddish II
YIDD W3333 Advanced Yiddish
YIDD W3520 Magic and Monsters in Yiddish Literature [In English]
YIDD W3550 Twentieth-Century Yiddish Literature and Film [In English]
History
HIST W3611 Jews and Judaism in Antiquity
HIST W3628 History of the State of Israel, 1948-Present
HIST W3630 American Jewish History
HIST W3657 Medieval Jewish Cultures
HIST W4610 The Ancient Jews and the Mediterranean
HIST W4604 Jews and the City
HIST W4611 Jews and Muslims in the Middle Ages
HIST W4635 Ancient Jewish Texts: Leviticus Rabbah
Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
MDES W1511 First Year Modern Hebrew: Elementary II
MDES W1513 Second Year Hebrew: Intermediate II
MDES W1516 Second Year Hebrew: Intensive Grammar Review
MDES W3541 Zionism: A Cultural Perspective
CLME W3546 Intro to Hebrew Literature
MDES GU4510 Third Year Modern Hebrew I
Religion (Barnard)
RELI W4501 Psalms Through the Commentary of the Baal Shem Tov
RELI W4505 The Beginnings of Jewish Mysticism
RELI W4508 Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah
Religion
RELI V3501 Introduction To the Hebrew Bible
RELI V3512 The Bible and Its Interpreters
RELI V3515 Readings in Kabbalah
RELI V3571 Judaism, Jewishness, and Modernity
RELI V3585 The Sephardic Experience
RELI W4507 Readings in Hasidism
RELI W4508 Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah
RELI W4513 Homelands, Diasporas, Promised Lands
RELI W4515 Reincarnation and Technology
RELI W4537 Talmudic Narrative
Sociology
SOCI V3285 Israeli Society
SOCI W3930 Immigration and Ethnicity in Israel
Women's Studies
WMST BC3122 Contemporary American-Jewish Women Writers: 1990 to the Present
WMST GU4302 The Second Wave and Jewish Women's Artistic Responses: 1939-1990
WMST GU4310 Contemporary American Jewish Women's Literature: 1990 to Present