Religious Studies Major, B.A.–Jewish Studies Concentration

Department of Religious Studies

http://religion.unc.edu

125 Carolina Hall, CB# 3225

(919) 962-1567

Dr. Ruth von Bernuth, Director for Jewish Studies

rvb@email.unc.edu

Todd Ochoa, Director of Undergraduate Studies

tochoa@email.unc.edu

Myra Quick, Department Registrar

quick@email.unc.edu

The Department of Religious Studies is dedicated to the study of religions as historical and cultural phenomena. It examines the history, texts, artifacts, beliefs, values, and rituals of a variety of religious traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Inherently interdisciplinary in its approach, religious studies explores religions in light of related fields in the humanities and social sciences such as anthropology, classics, archaeology, sociology, philosophy, and history.

Department Programs

Majors

Minors

Graduate Programs

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC-Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
JWST 100/RELI 123Introduction to Jewish Studies3
JWST 697Capstone Course: Themes and Methodologies in Jewish Studies3
One course on the ancient period (see list below) 13
One course on the medieval or early modern period (see list below) 13
One course on the period from 1750 to the present (see list below) 13
At least three courses taught outside the Department of Religious Studies (see list below) 19
Additional Requirements
Students must take two courses at or above the 400 level 2
Two courses on the Hebrew language from:6
Total Hours30
1

 Courses listed more than once can be counted for only one category.

2

 Exclusive of the capstone seminar (JWST 697)

Course Lists:

Ancient Period

CLAR/JWST/RELI 110The Archaeology of Palestine in the New Testament Period3
CLAR/JWST/RELI 512Ancient Synagogues3
JWST/RELI 103Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature3
JWST/RELI 106Introduction to Early Judaism3
JWST/RELI 206Prophecy and Divination in Ancient Israel and Judah3
JWST/RELI 211Classical Hebrew I: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible3
JWST/RELI 212Classical Hebrew II: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible3
JWST/RELI 503Exploring the Dead Sea Scrolls3
JWST/RELI 602What Is Scripture? Formations of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Canon3
RELI 78First-Year Seminar: Reading the Bible: Now and Then3
RELI 109History and Culture of Ancient Israel H3
RELI 201Ancient Biblical Interpretation3
RELI 608The Messiah and the Apocalypse3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Medieval or Early Modern Period

GERM 225Popular and Pious: Early Modern Jewish Literature3
HIST/JWST 153From the Bible to Broadway: Jewish History to Modern Times3
HIST/JWST 308The Renaissance and the Jews3
HIST/JWST 330Jesus and the Jews: From the Bible to the Big Screen H3
HIST/JWST 4511492: The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain3
RELI 108Classic Jewish Texts: From Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls to Kabbalah and Hassidism3
RELI 450Sexuality in Jewish Tradition and History3
RELI 565Medieval Jews and the Bible3
RELI 566Jewish Legal Literature3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Period from 1750 to the Present

AMST 360The Jewish Writer in American Life3
AMST/JWST 486Shalom Y'all: The Jewish Experience in the American South3
AMST/JWST/WMST 253A Social History of Jewish Women in America3
ASIA/HIST/PWAD 277The Conflict over Israel/Palestine3
ASIA/JWST 60First-Year Seminar: Israeli Culture and Society: Collective Memories and Fragmented Identities3
ASIA/JWST 235Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity H3
ASIA/JWST 357The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence3
ASIA/JWST/PWAD 425Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Collaborations in Cinema and Literature3
CMPL/GERM 270/JWST 239/RELI 239German Culture and the Jewish Question3
ENGL/JWST 289Jewish American Literature and Culture of the 20th Century3
HEBR 142Jerusalem in Israeli Literature, Cinema, and Art3
HEBR 436Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice3
HEBR/JWST 305Advanced Modern Hebrew I3
HEBR/JWST 306Advanced Modern Hebrew II3
HIST/JWST 485Modern East European Jewish History3
HIST/JWST/PWAD 262History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews3
JWST/PLSH 41220th-Century Polish Literature and Culture3
JWST/PWAD/SLAV 465Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in Russia and Eastern Europe3
JWST/RELI 107Introduction to Modern Judaism3
JWST/RELI 143Judaism in Our Time3
JWST/RELI 224Modern Jewish Thought3
JWST/RELI 243Introduction to American Judaism3
JWST/RELI 343Religion in Modern Israel3
JWST/RELI 444Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism3
JWST/SLAV 464Imagined Jews: Jewish Themes in Polish and Russian Literature3
JWST/SLAV 469Coming to America: The Slavic Immigrant Experience in Literature3
RELI 446Christian-Jewish Relations throughout the Ages3
RELI 501The History of the Bible in Modern Study3
SPAN 252Argentine Jewish Culture3
SPAN 253Argentine Jewish Film3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Courses Taught Outside the Department of Religious Studies

AMST 360The Jewish Writer in American Life3
AMST/JWST 486Shalom Y'all: The Jewish Experience in the American South3
AMST/JWST/WMST 253A Social History of Jewish Women in America3
ASIA/HIST/PWAD 277The Conflict over Israel/Palestine3
ASIA/JWST 60First-Year Seminar: Israeli Culture and Society: Collective Memories and Fragmented Identities3
ASIA/JWST 235Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity H3
ASIA/JWST 357The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence3
CMPL/GERM 270/JWST 239/RELI 239German Culture and the Jewish Question3
ENGL/JWST 289Jewish American Literature and Culture of the 20th Century3
FOLK 481The Material Life of Jewish America3
FOLK 505Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography3
GERM/JWST 225Popular and Pious: Early Modern Jewish Literature3
HEBR 142Jerusalem in Israeli Literature, Cinema, and Art3
HEBR/JWST 305Advanced Modern Hebrew I3
HEBR/JWST 306Advanced Modern Hebrew II3
HEBR/JWST 436Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice3
HIST/JWST 153From the Bible to Broadway: Jewish History to Modern Times3
HIST/JWST 308The Renaissance and the Jews3
HIST/JWST 330Jesus and the Jews: From the Bible to the Big Screen H3
HIST/JWST 4511492: The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain3
HIST/JWST 485Modern East European Jewish History3
HIST/JWST/PWAD 262History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews3
JWST/PLSH 41220th-Century Polish Literature and Culture3
JWST/PWAD/SLAV 465Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in Russia and Eastern Europe3
JWST/SLAV 464Imagined Jews: Jewish Themes in Polish and Russian Literature3
JWST/SLAV 469Coming to America: The Slavic Immigrant Experience in Literature3
SPAN 252Argentine Jewish Culture3
SPAN 253Argentine Jewish Film3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Although this concentration of the religious studies major is housed in the Department of Religious Studies, the director of Jewish studies is responsible for advising all students who elect the concentration in Jewish studies.

Special Opportunities in Religious Studies

Honors in Religious Studies

Students majoring in religious studies (including double majors) with a grade point average of 3.5 or above in department courses and 3.3 grade point average overall and who will have successfully completed at least one course numbered 400 or above on a topic in religious studies that is related to the proposed thesis may choose to write an honors thesis. Candidates for graduation with honors in religious studies are to be enrolled in RELI 691H in the fall and RELI 692H in the spring semester of their senior year. RELI 691H and RELI 692H count toward the major as courses fulfilling subfield requirements. Students should submit applications for the honors program to the department’s director of undergraduate studies by the end of February during their junior year. Consult the department’s director of undergraduate studies for details.

Study Abroad

Professor Jodi Magness directs archaeological excavations in Israel during the summer. Students are welcome to participate. Other courses through the Study Abroad Office can count towards the major and minor in religious studies as well.

Undergraduate Awards

The department presents two awards at the end of each academic year: the Bernard Boyd Fellowship and the Bernard Boyd Memorial Prize.