Hebrew and Judaic Studies (HEJS)

Head of Department: Associate Professor Gustavo Nanclares

Department Office: Room 207, Oak Hall

Consult the Departmental Handbook for courses being offered and further descriptions of these courses.

1103. Literature and Civilization of the Jewish People

(Formerly offered as HEB and JUDS 1103.) Three credits. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. Miller

The major concepts, personalities and literary works of the Hebraic tradition from the Biblical and Talmudic periods to the present. CA 1. CA 4.

1149-1150. Elementary Biblical Hebrew I and II

(Formerly offered as HEB 1149-1150.) Four credits each semester. Four class periods. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of Hebrew in high school. Students who wish to continue in Hebrew but feel ill prepared should contact the head of the Literatures, Cultures and Languages department.

An introduction to the biblical language for the student with no previous background. Grammar and drills, using simple texts, prepare the student for independent reading of Hebrew Scripture in the original.

1151-1152. Elementary Modern Hebrew I and II

(Formerly offered as HEB 1151-1152.) Four credits each semester. Four class periods and one 1-hour laboratory practice. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of Hebrew in high school.

Elementary Hebrew grammar. Drill in pronunciation. Reading of simple texts. Practice in easy conversation.

1153-1154. Intermediate Hebrew I and II

(Formerly offered as HEB 1153-1154.) Four credits each semester. Four class periods and one 1-hour laboratory practice. Prerequisite: HEJS 1152 or the equivalent.

Review of elementary Hebrew grammar. Graded composition and translation. Intensive and extensive reading. Oral practice in the language. The basic structure patterns of Hebrew.

1193. Foreign Study

(Formerly offered as HEB 1193.) Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally before the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

2104. Modern Jewish Thought

(Formerly offered as HEB, HEJS, and JUDS 1104.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: HEJS 1103. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

Nationalism, culture, ethics and philosophy in the writings of the major Jewish thinkers from Spinoza to the present. Emphasis on the work of Moses Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Mordecai Kaplan, Judith Plaskow, and others. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

2203. The Holocaust in Print, Theater, and Film

(Also offered as DRAM 2203 and HRTS 2203.) Three credits.

Representations of the Holocaust, including first-hand accounts and documentaries; artistic choices in genre, structure, imagery, point of view, and the limits of representation. CA1. CA 4-INT.

2301. Jewish Humor

(Also offered as CLCS 2301.) Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed HEJS 3295 when taught as this topic.

The history of Jewish humor in modern times with attention given to its various forms, including oral traditions, fiction and humor writing, stand-up comedy, live performance, television, film, and music. CA 1. CA 4.

3201. Selected Books of the Hebrew Bible

(Formerly offered as HEB and JUDS 3201.) Three credits. Prerequisite: INTD 3260 or HIST 3301 or HEJS 1103, which may be taken concurrently or instructor consent. A knowledge of Hebrew is not required. May be repeated with change of content and consent of instructor. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. Miller

Literary structure and content of biblical book(s) using modern approaches as well as midrashic and medieval exegesis. Historical and archaeological material. CA 1.

3202. Sects and Movements in Judaism

(Formerly offered as JUDS 3202.) Three credits. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

Varieties of Jewish expression and belief from Biblical times to the present. Topics include: the Dead Sea Sect, Pharisees, Sadducees, Karaites, Marranos, Hasidism and the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist movements of the modern era.

3203. The Holocaust

(Formerly offered as HEB and JUDS 3203. ( Also offered as HIST 3418.) Three credits. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

Origins, development, and legacy of the Holocaust. Topics include the history of modern European anti-Semitism, the creation of the Nazi state, the catalytic role of the Second World War, the actions and attitudes of the perpetrators, victims, and bystanders, and the diverse ways in which scholars and societies have dealt with the legacy of the Holocaust.

3218. Palestine Under the Greeks and Romans

(Formerly offered as HEB and JUDS 3218.) (Also offered as CAMS 3256 and HIST 3330.) Three credits. Prerequisite: CAMS 1101 or 1102 or CAMS 3253/HIST 3301; or HIST 3320 or 3325; or INTD 3260; or HEJS 1103 or 3202; or instructor consent. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. Miller

The political, historical and religious currents in Greco-Roman Palestine. Includes the Jewish Revolts; sectarian developments, the rise of Christianity and the Talmudic academies.

3218W. Palestine Under the Greeks and Romans

(Also offered as CAMS 3256W and HIST 3330W). Three credits. Prerequisite: CAMS 1101 or 1102 or CAMS 3253/HIST 3301; or HIST 3320 or 3325; or INTD 3260; or HEJS 1103 or 3202; or instructor consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. Miller

3241. Jewish Magic: from Late Antiquity through the Early Modern Period

(Formerly offered as JUDS 3241.) Three credits.

Jewish magical beliefs and practices from the rabbinic period through the early modern period. Texts include spells, kabbalistic lore, magical books, incantations, legends, prayers, medical texts, exempla.

3251-3252. Advanced Hebrew

(Formerly offered as HEB 3251-3252.) Three credits each semester. Prerequisite: HEJS 1154 or instructor consent.

Further grammar study. Practice in composition involving the use of everyday vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Readings and films relevant to Israeli culture and history. With a change in content, either or both of these courses may be repeated for credit.

3279. Modern Israeli Literature in Translation

(Formerly offered as HEB 3279.) Three credits.

Major themes and literary achievements of modern Israeli writing in translation. Authors range from the pre-Statehood period to the present.

3293. Foreign Study

(Formerly offered as HEB 3293.) Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally granted prior to the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3295. Special Topics

(Formerly offered as HEB 3295.) Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3298. Variable Topics

(Formerly offered as HEB 3298.) Three credits. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3299. Independent Study

(Formerly offered as HEB 3299.) Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3301. The Jewish Middle Ages

(Formerly offered as HEB and JUDS 3301.) Three credits.

Survey of sacred and secular literature in a wide variety of genres produced by Jews in the medieval period from major centers of European settlement. CA 1. CA 4.

3401. Jewish American Literature and Culture

(Formerly offered as JUDS 3401.) (Also offered as ENGL 3220.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Shoulson

Interdisciplinary study of literary and artistic productions by and about Jews in the United States. CA 1. CA 4.

3401W. Jewish American Literature and Culture

(Formerly offered as HEB and JUDS 3401W.) (Also offered as ENGL 3220W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Interdisciplinary study of literary and artistic productions by and about Jews in the United States. CA 1. CA 4.

Education Abroad in Israel

Students may spend a semester or academic year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa or Ben Gurion Universities. Students should take at least one semester of Hebrew at UConn before studying abroad. The University also sponsors an archaeological excavation at Sepphoris during the month of June. This is a six-credit program.

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