Welcome to the University of Louisville Jewish Studies Program!
We host exciting public events and offer courses on global Jewish and related history, religion, literature, arts, culture, and more!
The following courses involve themes and materials relevant to the Jewish experience. Please check the university’s Schedule of Classes to see which are available next semester.
Additional Jewish Studies courses are planned for the future.
The Humanities Minor Tracks in Jewish Studies consist of two tracks. The Jewish Cultural Studies Track and the Jewish Language & Culture Track.
Jewish Cultural Studies Track*
The Jewish Cultural Studies Track is a minor of 18 Credits made up of the Following Groups of Courses:
Courses in Ancient/Modern Jewish History and Society (to be designated as such and published by the JUS Program Direction each semester). Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course in Ancient Jewish History and Society and at least one course in Modern Jewish History and Society drawn form the electives included below.
Jewish Studies Required Course:
HUM 309: Survey of Jewish Thought and Culture
In Humanities - Jewish Studies Electives:
HUM 311: The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
HUM 315: Alternative Judaisms-CD2
HUM 317: Modern Jewish Thought
HUM 318: Judaism and Other Civilizations
HUM 361: Selected Topics* (Youth in Jewish Fiction & Film)
HUM 362: Selected Topics* (Bible as Literature)
HUM 387: The Holocaust-CD2
HUM 510: Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
HUM 511: Topics in the Interpretation of Sacred Texts
HUM 512: Topics in Contemporary Religious Thought
HUM 513: Topics in Comparative Religions
HUM 514: Perspectives on Religious Coexistence and Conflicts
HUM 518: Arabs and Jews in Israeli & Palestinian Literature & Cinema
HUM 596: Selected Perspectives in Humanities-WR
HUM 614: Perspectives on Religious Coexistence and Conflicts
HIST 360: Modern Jewish History to 1900
HIST 361: Modern Jewish History: The 20th Century
HIST 512: The History of Jews in America
Jewish Language & Culture Track**
Four courses in Ancient/Modern Jewish History and Society (to be designated as such and published by the JUS Program Director each semester). Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course in Ancient Jewish History and Society and at least one course in Modern Jewish History and Society.
- Six Credits at the Intermediate Level HEBR 201/202.
- Twelve additional credits drawn from the electives designated above or that meet the approval of the Jewish Studies Advisor.
*Electives with appropriate Jewish Studies in departments other than Humanities and History may be taken with the approval of the Jewish Studies Advisor.
**The equivalent in Arabic or Yiddish may also be accepted, with the permission of the Jewish Studies Advisor.
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For questions or more information about Jewish Studies at the University of Louisville, please contact Professor Ranen Omer-Sherman