Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Interdepartmental and Interdisciplinary Programs

Minor in Jewish Studies

The Minor in Jewish Studies, which is administered by the College of Arts and Letters, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

The Minor in Jewish Studies introduces students to the history, religion, culture, and civilization of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present.  The minor focuses on Jewish people in the Middle East, Europe, and America.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the Minor in Jewish Studies should consult the undergraduate advisor for Jewish studies in the College of Arts and Letters.

Requirements for the Minor in Jewish Studies

The student must complete a minimum of 20 credits from the following. Eight or more credits may be in Hebrew 201 and 202 or higher. Students enrolled in study abroad Israeli institutions may use appropriate courses towards the minor if approved in advance by the Jewish Studies advisor.

                   
English  
ENG 356 Readings in Jewish Literature 3
Hebrew  
HEB 201 Second-Year Hebrew I 4
HEB 202 Second-Year Hebrew II 4
HEB 290 Independent Study 1 to 8
HEB 490 Independent Study 1 to 8
History  
HST 201 Historical Methods and Skills 3
HST 317 American Jewish History 3
HST 392 History of the Holocaust 3
HST 490 Independent Study 1 to 4
HST 499H Senior Honors Thesis 3
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of HST 201, 490, and 499H must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.  
Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities  
IAH 211C Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Americas (D) 4
IAH 211D Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Middle East (D) 4
IAH 221A Great Ages: The Ancient World (I) 4
IAH 241F Creative Arts and Humanities: Traditions in World Art (I) 4
Integrative Studies in the Social Sciences  
ISS 315 Global Diversity and Interdependence (I) 4
ISS 330B Asia: Social Science Perspectives (I) 4
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of these courses must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor. The courses may be used to satisfy the requirements for the minor and University requirements.  
James Madison College  
MC 220 International Relations I: World Politics and International Security 4
MC 281 Immigrants and Minorities 4
MC 290 Special Topics 4
MC 324A Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in the Middle East 4
MC 325 State and Society in Comparative Perspective 4
MC 335 Israeli Politics, Cultures and Society 4
MC 387 Jews and Anti–Semitism 4
MC 390 Advanced Topics in Public Affairs 4
MC 391 Selected Topics in Public Affairs 4
MC 395 Cultural Dimensions of Public Affairs 4
MC 399 Advanced Independent Study 1 to 4
MC 490H Honors Independent Study 1 to 4
MC 492 Senior Seminar in International Relations (W) 5
MC 498 Senior Seminar in Social Relations (W) 5
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of MC 220, 281, 290, 324A, 325, 390, 391, 395, 399, 490H, 492, and 498 must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.   
Jewish Studies  
JS 390 Special Topics in Jewish Studies 4
JS 399 Independent Study (W) 1 to 4
JS 400 Study Abroad in Jewish Studies (W) 2 to 4
JS 490H Honors Independent Study (W) 2 to 4
JS 495 Seminar in Jewish Studies (W) 3 or 4
Political Science  
PLS 323 Religion and Politics 4
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of PLS 323 must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.  
Religious Studies  
REL 301 Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion 3
REL 310 Judaism 3
REL 412 Jewish Mysticism 3
REL 413 Jewish Philosophy 3
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of REL 301 must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.  
Residential College of Arts and Humanities  
RCAH 391 Independent Study 1 to 4
RCAH 395 Special Topics in Arts and Humanities 3
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of RCAH 391 and 395 must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.   
Women’s Studies  
WS 302 Jewish Women’s Experiences and Writings 3
WS 490 Independent Study 1 to 4
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of WS 490 must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.