Current and Upcoming Jewish Studies courses

The list includes both courses directly offered through Jewish Studies, with the JWST prefix, and those offered through other departments which students minoring in Jewish Studies can take for credit towards the minor.


JWST/RLST 10300-01 Hebrew Scriptures  (3 credits)

INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Lesses

ICC Theme: Identities; Mind, Body, Spirit

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course treats the books of the Bible critically as literature, as religious and moral texts, and as a source of sociological knowledge. It surveys the biblical literature, acquaints students with critical methods for the study of the Bible, situates the Bible within the literature and culture of the ancient Near East, and discusses the religion of ancient Israel. The course will deal with questions of history and archaeology and with questions of meaning: what the biblical text meant to its ancient readers and what meanings it has today. 

JWST 20200-01 Jews in the Modern World (3 credits)

INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Lesses

ICC THEME: Identities

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A survey of world Jewish history from 1492 to the present, concentrating on the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and the United States. Discussion of the expulsion from Spain, growth of Jewish communities in the Ottoman Empire and Eastern Europe, enlightenment and emancipation, European colonialism, migration to the Americas, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, the state of Israel, and modern religious movements.

POLT 23000-01 The Holocaust 

INSTRUCTOR: Don Beachler

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course surveys the Holocaust. Topics covered include the origins and development of anti-Semitism; the rise of Nazism; the response of European Jews to persecution before and during World War II; the evolution of Nazi policy from repression to genocide; the plight of refugees; the place of the Holocaust in the Nazi plan to create a new racial order in Europe; and the roles of bystanders and rescuers. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing.

file-outline Course flyer for Jewish Studies courses in Fall 2021 - js-course-flyer-fa2021_0.docx (40.51 KB)

Jewish Studies Courses Offered at Ithaca College

Each semester courses are offered by the Jewish Studies program and other departments for which students minoring in Jewish studies may receive credit. This is a list of recurring courses currently offered at Ithaca College that meet the Jewish Studies requirements. Other courses, in addition to these, may also be offered from time to time.

The list of courses offered in this semester or next semester are listed separately.

JWST 10300 - Hebrew Scriptures

MUNM 16100 - Worlds of Music

JWST 20100 - Jews in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

JWST 20200 - Jews in the Modern World

JWST 20300 - Judaism

MUMC 20300 - Klezmer Performance & Practice 

POLT 23000 - The Holocaust

JWST 26400 - From Auschwitz to Argentina: Stories of Resistance and Resilience

JWST 27500 - ST: Israeli Culture through Film

JWST 29400 - Contemporary Jewish Identities: Gender, Race, and Power

JWST 32300 - Gender and Sexuality in Judaism

ENGL 32400 - Literature of the Bible

JWST 33300 - Jewish Mysticism

JWST 34300 - Biblical Interpretation in Judaism and Christianity

JWST 35300 - Jewish Folk Religion: Magic and Ritual Power

POLT 40103 - Seminar: Political Implications of the Holocaust

JWST 42000/42001 - Internship: Jewish Studies

JWST 49100 - Independent Study in Jewish Studies