judaic studies courses

JST 101 - Jewish Life and Civilization

An introduction to literature, history, culture, and religion of
the Jewish people, from ancient to modern times, intended
for students of all religious faiths. No prior knowledge of
Judaism required. 3 credits.

JST 110 — Narrating the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Introduction to critical thinking skills through expository
prose and fictional narratives about the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. 3 credits.

JST 200 — Jewish Stories
A multinational, multicultural, and trans-historical introduction
to the Jewish story from the Hebrew bible to the contemporary
period. Prerequisite(s); ENG 112 and LEP Tier
1 Critical Thinking. 3 credits.

JST 204 — Introduction to Holocaust and Genocide Studies
An introduction to the field of Holocaust and genocide studies
through true stories of resistance, rescue, and survival.
Students investigate dimensions common to all genocides, 
including the deliberate social construction of the idenity of
the targeted group, an objectifi cation designed to engender
fear and hatred through the propagation of dehumanizing
stereotypes and hate speech. As a result of interdisciplinary
analyses of the causes of genocide, through historical 
accounts, witness literature, and film, students reflect on
possible strategies for genocide prevention through modes
of intervention and education. 3 credits.

JST/PHI 207 - The Religious Dimension of Human Existence
The origin, nature, forms, and social manifestations of religious
experience; relation to other cultural institutions and
expressions: analysis of diverse types of religious experiences. 3 credits.

JST 210 — Jewish American Literature
An introduction to multicultural Jewish American literature
from the mid-19th century to the contemporary period, with
emphasis on the immigrant experience, the Holocaust, and
Jewish humor. Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 and LEP Tier 1 Critical
Thinking. 3 credits.

JST/ENG 217 - Themes in Literature
Survey of important Jewish American writers, including Ozick,
Malamud, Henry and Philip Roth, Rich, Singer, Spiegelman,
Bellow, and others in various literary genres. 3 credits.

JST/SOC 218 - Sociology of American Jewry
Study of contemporary American Jewish life and society
from a sociological perspective. Pluralism, sociohistorical
development, religious ritual, and gender issues as shapers
of the American Jewish community. 3 credits.

JST/SOC 219 - Sociology of Modern Israel
The social factors, pre-statehood through the present, that
have influenced the emergence of Israeli society as a new
social and cultural entity in the Middle East. 3 credits.

JST/HIS 235 - The Holocaust
Examines the origins, development, and consequences of the
Nazi attack on European Jews. Important questions about the
motives, options, and experiences of the victims, perpetrators,
and bystanders of the Holocaust. Reading, discussing, and
writing about surviving primary sources. Historical debates
around questions of guilt, responsibility, anti-Semitism, racism,
faith, resistance, and memory. 3 credits.

JST/HIS 237 - Modern Germany
The Weimar Republic and its failure; Nazi Germany, its
internal and foreign policies; the Allied occupation and
division of Germany; the German Federal and the German
Democratic Republics and their position in the world today.
3 credits.

JST/HIS 240 - The Middle East from Muhammad
to the Mongols

History of the Muslim Middle East from ca. 500 C.E. to 1500
C.E. Topics include the rise of Islam, its expansion and cultural
achievements, and the impact of migration from the East,
culminating in the Mongol invasion. 3 credits.

JST/HIS 241 - The Modern Middle East
History of the Middle East from ca. 1500 C.E. through World
War II. Topics include the rise and fall of the Ottoman and
Safavid Empires, the impact of colonialism and world trade,
and the emergence of nationalism and fundamentalism. 3
credits.

JST/LIT 300 - Literature of the Hebrew Bible
Study of the literature of the Hebrew Bible in light of genre
(similar to tragedy, the novel, essay and romance). Critical
methods such as source criticism and form criticism are
used as aids to literary interpretation. Prerequisite: university
literature requirement. 3 credits. 

JST/PHI 301 - History of Jewish Thought
Judaism from the Biblical period to the present: the Rabbinic
tradition and Talmud; philosophical and mystical movements;
modern American forms; Zionism; contemporary Jewish
religious and ethical responses to modernity; ecumenical
dialogue. Prerequisite: LIT 300 or PHI 207. 3 credits.

JST/LIT 302 - Literature of the New Testament
Study of the literature of the New Testament in light of genre
(gospel, epistle, apocalypse) and literary development. Critical
methods such as source criticism and form criticism are
used as aids to interpretation. Prerequisite: university literature
requirement. 3 credits.

JST/MUS 314 - Music of the Jewish People
A survey of Jewish music from the Biblical Period to the
present day. Topics include discussion of Ashkenazic and
Sephardic liturgical and secular music, traditions, music
from the Holocaust, and the contemporary American Jewish
music scene. 3 credits.

JST/HIS 336 - Nazi Germany
An advanced reading and discussion course concentrating
on differing interpretations of Nazi Germany. 3 credits.

JST/GEO 342 - Middle East
A systematic, historical, cultural, political, and economic
overview of the region, followed by an in-depth analysis of
the individual countries. 3 credits.

JST 444 - Ethnic Humor, Jewish and Otherwise
While Jewish people constitute only 2.3 percent of the American
population, 80 percent of the professional comedians
have traditionally been Jewish. Explores the theories of Jewish
humor and compares and contrasts the humor and humorists
of Jewish descent with those of other cultures. 3 credits.

JST/ENG 486 - Seminar in American Literature
Intensive study of a major writer or a selected topic, with
choices changing each term. Prerequisite: university literature
requirement. 3 credits.

JST/GEO 470 - Field Techniques
Course involves field study in either the southern Connecticut
region or an area outside the United States. Areas are
visited and mapped and techniques of field research are
studied dealing with the physical and human aspects of the
environment. 3 credits.