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1103. Who Are the Jews? Jewish Identity through the Ages

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The major concepts, personalities and literary works that inform Jewish identity from the Biblical and Talmudic periods to the present. Taught in English.CA 1. CA 4.

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1149. Elementary Biblical Hebrew I

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have had three of more years of Hebrew in high school.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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1150. Elementary Biblical Hebrew II

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: HEJS 1149. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of Hebrew in high school.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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1151. Elementary Modern Hebrew I

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have had three of more years of Hebrew in high school.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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1152. Elementary Modern Hebrew II

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: HEJS 1151. Not open to students who have had three or more years of Hebrew in high school, except with departmental consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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1153. Intermediate Hebrew I

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: HEJS 1152 or equivalent

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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1154. Intermediate Hebrew II

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: HEJS 1153

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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1193. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head required, normally before the student's departure.

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2104. Modern Jewish Thought

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: HEJS 1103. Not open for credit for students who have passed HEJS 1104.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2203. The Holocaust in Print, Theater, and Film

Also offered as: DRAM 2203, HRTS 2203

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Representations of the Holocaust, including first-hand accounts and documentaries; artistic choices in genre, structure, imagery, point of view, and the limits of representation. CA 1. CA 4-INT

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2204. Jewish Culture in American Film

Also offered as: AMST 2204, CLCS 2204

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Representations of the diversity of Jewish culture (historical, religious, secular) in American film. Introduction to film analysis and interpretation. CA 1. CA 4.

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2301. Jewish Humor

Also offered as: CLCS 2301

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed HEJS 3295 when taught as this topic

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3201. Selected Books of the Hebrew Bible

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: INTD 3260 or HIST 3301 or HEJS 1103, which may be taken concurrrently, or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Literary structure and content of biblical book(s) using modern approaches as well as midrashic and medieval exegesis. Historical and archaeological material. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit and consent of instructor. A knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. CA 1.

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3202. Sects and Movements in Judaism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

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3203. The Holocaust

Also offered as: HIST 3418

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

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

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3251. Advanced Hebrew

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: HEJS 1154 or consent

Grading Basis: Graded

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, may be repeated for credit.

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3252. Advanced Hebrew

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: HEJS 3251

Grading Basis: Graded

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, may be repeated for credit.

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3279. Modern Israeli Literature in Translation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3293. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head required, normally granted prior to the student's departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor.

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3295. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3298. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit

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3299. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3301. The Jewish Middle Ages

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3330. Palestine Under the Greeks and Romans

Also offered as: CAMS 3330, HIST 3330

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CAMS 1101or 1102 or CAMS/HIST 3301or HIST 3320 or 3325 or INTD 3260 or HEJS 1103 or 3202 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

The political, historical and religious currents in Greco-Roman Palestine. Includes the Jewish Revolts, sectarian developments, the rise of Christianity and the Talmudic academies. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

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3362. The Black Death: Medieval and Modern Responses to Catastrophe

Also offered as: HIST 3362

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed HEJS 3295 when offered as The Black Death: Medieval Responses

Grading Basis: Graded

The Black Death (1346-50) from its origins in China through Europe. Institutional, medical, religious, literary, and social responses to the plague; how modern scholars reconstruct medieval experience; and new findings by historians and scientists that shed light on the challenges of past, present and future pandemics. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3401. Jewish American Literature and Culture

Also offered as: ENGL 3220

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3401W. Jewish American Literature and Culture

Also offered as: ENGL 3220W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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