Jewish Studies (JWST)

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Jewish Studies (JWST)

Location

Location

  • 3438 McTavish Street, Room 202
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 1X9

About Jewish Studies

About Jewish Studies

The Department of Jewish Studies, established in 1968, offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Judaica. It includes:

  • a selection of courses that will enable students not taking a Concentration in Jewish Studies to broaden their knowledge of Jewish history and culture;
  • elementary, intermediate and advanced courses in Jewish languages – Hebrew, Yiddish, and Aramaic. In the case of the first two, this includes attention to both spoken idiom and written texts;
  • specialized courses in the various disciplines that comprise Jewish Studies for students who have specific academic interests;
  • a Minor Concentration for students who wish to add competence in Jewish Studies to their major field of study;
  • a comprehensive Major Concentration, and an Honours program culminating in advanced seminars and tutorials for students contemplating careers in the various fields of Judaica. The Honours Program in Jewish Studies will give students the necessary linguistic, textual and bibliographical knowledge to enable them to pursue graduate work in Jewish Studies.

Jewish Studies (JWST) Faculty

Jewish Studies (JWST) Faculty

Chair
Eric Caplan
Professors
David Aberbach; B.A.(Univ. Coll. Lond.), M.Litt., D.Phil.(Oxf.)
Gershon D. Hundert; B.A.(Col.), M.A.(Ohio St.), Ph.D.(Col.) (Leanor Segal Professor of Jewish Studies)
B. Barry Levy; B.A., M.A., B.R.E.(Yeshiva), Ph.D.(NYU)
Associate Professors
Eric Caplan; B.A.(McG.), M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Carlos Fraenkel; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Free Univ., Berlin)
Yael Halevi-Wise; B.A.(Hebrew), M.A.(G'town), Ph.D.(Prin.)
Lawrence Kaplan; B.A.(Yeshiva), M.A., Ph.D.(Harv.)
Lecturers
Lea Fima; B.Ed.(Beit Berl College), M.A.(McG.)
Esther Frank; B.A., M.A.(McG.)
Anna Gonshor; B.A., M.L.S., M.A.(McG.)
Karen Slouch; B.Ed., M.A.(McG.)
Adjunct Professors
Magdalena Opalski; M.A.(Warsaw), Ph.D.(Ott.)
Ruth Wisse; M.A.(Col.), Ph.D.(McG.)

Program Advisers

Program Advisers

Minor Concentration in Jewish Law
Lawrence Kaplan, 514-398-5008
Minor Concentration in Jewish Studies
Eric Caplan, 514-398-6544
Major Concentration in Jewish Studies
Eric Caplan, 514-398-6544
Honours in Jewish Studies
Eric Caplan, 514-398-6544
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Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Jewish Law (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration Jewish Law is designed to provide students with a special interest in Law, and particularly students from the Faculty of Law who are now permitted a Minor in the Faculty of Arts, a basic but comprehensive knowledge of the concepts and methods related to Jewish Law.

This minor concentration may be expanded to the Major Concentration Jewish Studies.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits selected as follows:

0 - 3 credits from:

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000

15 - 18 credits from:

JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 374 (3) Talmud and Law 1: Bava Kamma
JWST 375 (3) Talmud and Law 2: Bava Metzia
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 475 (3) The Responsa Literature
JWST 576 (3) Jewish Family Law
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Jewish Studies (18 credits)

In order to permit students flexibility within their chosen area, all courses in the Jewish Studies Concentrations are placed into the category "Complementary Courses." There is no language requirement for this minor concentration.

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration Jewish Studies.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits in Jewish Studies of which 9 are normally taken at the 300-level or above.

Consultation with an adviser is strongly recommended.

Areas of Jewish Studies

At least 9 credits will normally be taken at an advanced level in a single area or theme (e.g. Biblical Studies, East European Studies, Jewish History, Jewish Thought, Literature (Hebrew, Yiddish), Modern Jewish Studies, and Rabbinic Studies).

Biblical Studies

JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 324 (3) Biblical Interpretation - Antiquity
JWST 327 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 328 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 329 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 331 (3) Bible Interpretation/Medieval Ashkenaz
JWST 332 (3) Bible Interpretation/Sefardic Tradition
JWST 333 (3) The Hebrew Liturgy
JWST 428 (3) Jewish Interpretation of Bible
JWST 429 (3) Biblical Poetry
JWST 456 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 457 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 458 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 459 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
JWST 520 (3) Bible Interpretation in Antiquity
JWST 521 (3) Bible in Dead Sea Scrolls
JWST 523 (3) Ancient Bible Interpretation
JWST 532 (3) Narrative Midrash
JWST 533 (3) Halakhic Midrash
JWST 534 (3) Homiletic Midrash
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 536 (3) Readings: Aramaic Bible Translation
JWST 537 (3) The Bible in the Talmud Bavli
JWST 538 (3) Early Rabbinic Parshanut 1
JWST 541 (3) Medieval Ashkenazi Parshanut
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 545 (3) Parshanut in Renaissance Italy
JWST 546 (3) Innovative Medieval Parshanut
JWST 547 (3) Mystical Biblical Interpretation
JWST 548 (3) Medieval Parshanut
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 551 (3) 20th Century Parshanut
JWST 554 (3) Modern Jewish Biblical Scholarship
JWST 555 (3) The Bible in Jewish Philosophy
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 571 (3) Biblical Literature
JWST 572 (3) Aggadah in Modern Scholarship
JWST 573 (3) History of Hebrew Bible Text
JWST 574 (3) Bible in Responsa Literature
JWST 575 (3) Topics in Parshanut
JWST 581 (3) Aramaic Language
JWST 582 (3) Hebrew and Aramaic Philology
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations

East European Studies

HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
JWST 206 (3) Introduction to Yiddish Literature
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 381 (3) Modern Yiddish Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 411 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 1881-1948
JWST 412 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 438 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 1
JWST 439 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 485 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 486 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 487 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 488 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D1 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D2 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 585 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 1
JWST 586 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 2

Jewish History

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 305 (3) American Jewish History / Colonial Era to WWI
JWST 306 (3) The American Jewish Community
JWST 314 (3) Denominations in North American Judaism
JWST 315 (3) Modern Liberal Jewish Thought
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City

Jewish Thought

EDER 318 (3) Teaching the Jewish Liturgy
HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 261 (3) History of Jewish Philosophy & Thought
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 314 (3) Denominations in North American Judaism
JWST 315 (3) Modern Liberal Jewish Thought
JWST 337 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 1
JWST 338 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 2
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 558 (3) Topics: Modern Jewish Thought

Language and Literature - Hebrew

JWST 199 (3) FYS: Images - Jewish Identities
JWST 200 (12) Hebrew Language (Intensive)
JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 225 (3) Literature and Society
JWST 300 (3) Charisma and Social Change
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 323 (3) The Israeli Novel
JWST 325 (3) Israeli Literature in Translation
JWST 340D1 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 367 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 368 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 369 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 370 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 403 (3) Contemporary Hebrew Literature
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 411 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 1881-1948
JWST 412 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 429 (3) Biblical Poetry
JWST 438 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 1
JWST 439 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 502 (3) Modern lsraeli Literature
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 582 (3) Hebrew and Aramaic Philology

Language and Literature - Yiddish

JWST 206 (3) Introduction to Yiddish Literature
JWST 280D1 (3) Introductory Yiddish
JWST 280D2 (3) Introductory Yiddish
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 355 (3) The Yiddish Canon
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 380D1 (3) Intermediate Yiddish
JWST 380D2 (3) Intermediate Yiddish
JWST 381 (3) Modern Yiddish Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 387 (3) Modern Jewish Authors
JWST 480 (3) Advanced Yiddish 1
JWST 481 (3) Advanced Yiddish 2
JWST 485 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 486 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 487 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 488 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D1 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D2 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 530 (3) Topics in Yiddish Literature
JWST 531 (3) Topics in Yiddish Literature
JWST 587 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 588 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature

Modern Jewish Studies

HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 309 (3) Jews in Film
JWST 346 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 347 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 348 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 349 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 386 (3) American Jewish Literature
JWST 387 (3) Modern Jewish Authors
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 502 (3) Modern lsraeli Literature
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 558 (3) Topics: Modern Jewish Thought
JWST 585 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 1
JWST 586 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 2
POLI 347 (3) Arab-Israel Conflict, Crisis, Peace
SOCI 327 (3) Jews in North America

Rabbinic Studies

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 319 (3) Judaism and the Occult
JWST 333 (3) The Hebrew Liturgy
JWST 345 (3) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 374 (3) Talmud and Law 1: Bava Kamma
JWST 375 (3) Talmud and Law 2: Bava Metzia
JWST 402 (3) Readings in Rabbinic Literature
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 532 (3) Narrative Midrash
JWST 533 (3) Halakhic Midrash
JWST 534 (3) Homiletic Midrash
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 537 (3) The Bible in the Talmud Bavli
JWST 538 (3) Early Rabbinic Parshanut 1
JWST 541 (3) Medieval Ashkenazi Parshanut
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 572 (3) Aggadah in Modern Scholarship
JWST 574 (3) Bible in Responsa Literature
JWST 576 (3) Jewish Family Law

Other Department Courses - History

Many of the courses in Jewish Studies are related to other departments, e.g., History, Religious Studies. There are also related courses in other departments which students specializing in certain areas of Jewish Studies might be encouraged to include in their programs, e.g., Classical Greek, Arabic, theories of literature, etc.

The following History department courses may be used as Jewish Studies courses in the Department of Jewish Studies programs. These courses have been included in the areas of study course lists above.

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Jewish Studies (36 credits)

In order to permit students flexibility within their chosen area, all courses in the Jewish Studies Concentrations are placed into the category "Complementary Courses."

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

36 credits in Jewish Studies of which 24 are normally taken at the 300-level or above selected as described below. Consultation with an adviser is strongly recommended.

Jewish History

6 credits (minimum) in the history of Jewish Civilization to be chosen from:

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000

Jewish Language

6 credits reflecting an advanced level of competence in either Hebrew or Yiddish chosen from the following:

JWST 327 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 328 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 329 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 331 (3) Bible Interpretation/Medieval Ashkenaz
JWST 332 (3) Bible Interpretation/Sefardic Tradition
JWST 333 (3) The Hebrew Liturgy
JWST 340D1 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 367 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 368 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 369 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 370 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature

Or, any course at the 400-level except for JWST 404 and JWST 405.

Areas of Jewish Studies

24 credits in Jewish Studies of which at least 12 are devoted to a single area of study: Biblical Studies, East European Studies, Jewish History, Jewish Thought, Literature (Hebrew, Yiddish), Modern Jewish Studies, and Rabbinic Studies.

Students without the background necessary to complete the advanced language requirement may substitute up to 12 credits in language.

Note: Hebrew language courses are found listed under the heading "Language and Literature - Hebrew," and Yiddish language courses are found under the heading "Language and Literature - Yiddish" in the areas of study lists below.

Biblical Studies

JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 324 (3) Biblical Interpretation - Antiquity
JWST 327 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 328 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 329 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 331 (3) Bible Interpretation/Medieval Ashkenaz
JWST 332 (3) Bible Interpretation/Sefardic Tradition
JWST 333 (3) The Hebrew Liturgy
JWST 428 (3) Jewish Interpretation of Bible
JWST 429 (3) Biblical Poetry
JWST 456 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 457 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 458 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 459 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
JWST 520 (3) Bible Interpretation in Antiquity
JWST 521 (3) Bible in Dead Sea Scrolls
JWST 523 (3) Ancient Bible Interpretation
JWST 532 (3) Narrative Midrash
JWST 533 (3) Halakhic Midrash
JWST 534 (3) Homiletic Midrash
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 536 (3) Readings: Aramaic Bible Translation
JWST 537 (3) The Bible in the Talmud Bavli
JWST 538 (3) Early Rabbinic Parshanut 1
JWST 541 (3) Medieval Ashkenazi Parshanut
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 545 (3) Parshanut in Renaissance Italy
JWST 546 (3) Innovative Medieval Parshanut
JWST 547 (3) Mystical Biblical Interpretation
JWST 548 (3) Medieval Parshanut
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 551 (3) 20th Century Parshanut
JWST 554 (3) Modern Jewish Biblical Scholarship
JWST 555 (3) The Bible in Jewish Philosophy
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 571 (3) Biblical Literature
JWST 572 (3) Aggadah in Modern Scholarship
JWST 573 (3) History of Hebrew Bible Text
JWST 574 (3) Bible in Responsa Literature
JWST 575 (3) Topics in Parshanut
JWST 581 (3) Aramaic Language
JWST 582 (3) Hebrew and Aramaic Philology
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations

East European Studies

HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
JWST 206 (3) Introduction to Yiddish Literature
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 381 (3) Modern Yiddish Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 411 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 1881-1948
JWST 412 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 438 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 1
JWST 439 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 485 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 486 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 487 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 488 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D1 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D2 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 585 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 1
JWST 586 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 2

Jewish History

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 305 (3) American Jewish History / Colonial Era to WWI
JWST 306 (3) The American Jewish Community
JWST 314 (3) Denominations in North American Judaism
JWST 315 (3) Modern Liberal Jewish Thought
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City

Jewish Thought

EDER 318 (3) Teaching the Jewish Liturgy
HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 261 (3) History of Jewish Philosophy & Thought
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 314 (3) Denominations in North American Judaism
JWST 315 (3) Modern Liberal Jewish Thought
JWST 337 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 1
JWST 338 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 2
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 558 (3) Topics: Modern Jewish Thought

Language and Literature - Hebrew

JWST 199 (3) FYS: Images - Jewish Identities
JWST 200 (12) Hebrew Language (Intensive)
JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 225 (3) Literature and Society
JWST 300 (3) Charisma and Social Change
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 323 (3) The Israeli Novel
JWST 325 (3) Israeli Literature in Translation
JWST 340D1 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 367 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 368 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 369 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 370 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 403 (3) Contemporary Hebrew Literature
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 411 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 1881-1948
JWST 412 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 429 (3) Biblical Poetry
JWST 438 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 1
JWST 439 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 502 (3) Modern lsraeli Literature
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 582 (3) Hebrew and Aramaic Philology

Language and Literature - Yiddish

JWST 206 (3) Introduction to Yiddish Literature
JWST 280D1 (3) Introductory Yiddish
JWST 280D2 (3) Introductory Yiddish
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 355 (3) The Yiddish Canon
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 380D1 (3) Intermediate Yiddish
JWST 380D2 (3) Intermediate Yiddish
JWST 381 (3) Modern Yiddish Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 387 (3) Modern Jewish Authors
JWST 480 (3) Advanced Yiddish 1
JWST 481 (3) Advanced Yiddish 2
JWST 485 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 486 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 487 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 488 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D1 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D2 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 530 (3) Topics in Yiddish Literature
JWST 531 (3) Topics in Yiddish Literature
JWST 587 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 588 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature

Modern Jewish Studies

HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 309 (3) Jews in Film
JWST 346 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 347 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 348 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 349 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 386 (3) American Jewish Literature
JWST 387 (3) Modern Jewish Authors
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 502 (3) Modern lsraeli Literature
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 558 (3) Topics: Modern Jewish Thought
JWST 585 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 1
JWST 586 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 2
POLI 347 (3) Arab-Israel Conflict, Crisis, Peace
SOCI 327 (3) Jews in North America

Rabbinic Studies

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 319 (3) Judaism and the Occult
JWST 333 (3) The Hebrew Liturgy
JWST 345 (3) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 374 (3) Talmud and Law 1: Bava Kamma
JWST 375 (3) Talmud and Law 2: Bava Metzia
JWST 402 (3) Readings in Rabbinic Literature
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 532 (3) Narrative Midrash
JWST 533 (3) Halakhic Midrash
JWST 534 (3) Homiletic Midrash
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 537 (3) The Bible in the Talmud Bavli
JWST 538 (3) Early Rabbinic Parshanut 1
JWST 541 (3) Medieval Ashkenazi Parshanut
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 572 (3) Aggadah in Modern Scholarship
JWST 574 (3) Bible in Responsa Literature
JWST 576 (3) Jewish Family Law

Other Department Courses - History

Many of the courses in Jewish Studies are related to other departments, e.g., History, Religious Studies. There are also related courses in other departments which students specializing in certain areas of Jewish Studies might be encouraged to include in their programs, e.g., Classical Greek, Arabic, theories of literature, etc.

The following History department courses may be used as Jewish Studies courses in the Department of Jewish Studies programs. These courses have been included in the areas of study course lists above.

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Jewish Studies (60 credits)

Honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 in their program courses and, according to Faculty regulations, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

Required Courses (9 credits)

JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 491 (3) Honours Thesis 1
JWST 492 (3) Honours Thesis 2

Complementary Courses (51 credits)

51 credits selected as follows:

Jewish History

6 credits of courses on Jewish history.

One of:

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000

One of:

HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000

Jewish Language

0 - 18 credits of a Jewish language. Each Honours student will complete at least one Jewish language at the advanced level of instruction. A student who can demonstrate competence in a Jewish language may be permitted to substitute other courses for all or part of the language requirement.

Hebrew language courses are found listed under the heading "Language and Literature - Hebrew," and Yiddish language courses are found under the heading "Language and Literature - Yiddish."

Areas of Jewish Studies

27 - 45 credits of courses chosen to reflect progress to the advanced level in two of the areas of study: Biblical Studies, Rabbinic Studies, Literature (Hebrew, Yiddish), Jewish Thought, Jewish History, Modern Jewish Studies, and East European Studies.

Hebrew literature courses are found listed under the heading "Language and Literature - Hebrew," and Yiddish literature courses are found under the heading "Language and Literature - Yiddish."

Students should select their courses in consultation with a program adviser.

Biblical Studies

JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 324 (3) Biblical Interpretation - Antiquity
JWST 327 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 328 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 329 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 331 (3) Bible Interpretation/Medieval Ashkenaz
JWST 332 (3) Bible Interpretation/Sefardic Tradition
JWST 333 (3) The Hebrew Liturgy
JWST 428 (3) Jewish Interpretation of Bible
JWST 429 (3) Biblical Poetry
JWST 456 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 457 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 458 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 459 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
JWST 520 (3) Bible Interpretation in Antiquity
JWST 521 (3) Bible in Dead Sea Scrolls
JWST 523 (3) Ancient Bible Interpretation
JWST 532 (3) Narrative Midrash
JWST 533 (3) Halakhic Midrash
JWST 534 (3) Homiletic Midrash
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 536 (3) Readings: Aramaic Bible Translation
JWST 537 (3) The Bible in the Talmud Bavli
JWST 538 (3) Early Rabbinic Parshanut 1
JWST 541 (3) Medieval Ashkenazi Parshanut
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 545 (3) Parshanut in Renaissance Italy
JWST 546 (3) Innovative Medieval Parshanut
JWST 547 (3) Mystical Biblical Interpretation
JWST 548 (3) Medieval Parshanut
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 551 (3) 20th Century Parshanut
JWST 554 (3) Modern Jewish Biblical Scholarship
JWST 555 (3) The Bible in Jewish Philosophy
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 571 (3) Biblical Literature
JWST 572 (3) Aggadah in Modern Scholarship
JWST 573 (3) History of Hebrew Bible Text
JWST 574 (3) Bible in Responsa Literature
JWST 575 (3) Topics in Parshanut
JWST 581 (3) Aramaic Language
JWST 582 (3) Hebrew and Aramaic Philology
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations

East European Studies

HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
JWST 206 (3) Introduction to Yiddish Literature
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 381 (3) Modern Yiddish Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 411 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 1881-1948
JWST 412 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 438 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 1
JWST 439 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 485 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 486 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 487 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 488 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D1 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D2 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 585 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 1
JWST 586 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 2

Jewish History

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 305 (3) American Jewish History / Colonial Era to WWI
JWST 306 (3) The American Jewish Community
JWST 314 (3) Denominations in North American Judaism
JWST 315 (3) Modern Liberal Jewish Thought
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City

Jewish Thought

EDER 318 (3) Teaching the Jewish Liturgy
HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 261 (3) History of Jewish Philosophy & Thought
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 314 (3) Denominations in North American Judaism
JWST 315 (3) Modern Liberal Jewish Thought
JWST 337 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 1
JWST 338 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 2
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 558 (3) Topics: Modern Jewish Thought

Language and Literature - Hebrew

JWST 199 (3) FYS: Images - Jewish Identities
JWST 200 (12) Hebrew Language (Intensive)
JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 225 (3) Literature and Society
JWST 300 (3) Charisma and Social Change
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 323 (3) The Israeli Novel
JWST 325 (3) Israeli Literature in Translation
JWST 340D1 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 367 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 368 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 369 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 370 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 403 (3) Contemporary Hebrew Literature
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 411 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 1881-1948
JWST 412 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 429 (3) Biblical Poetry
JWST 438 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 1
JWST 439 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 502 (3) Modern lsraeli Literature
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 582 (3) Hebrew and Aramaic Philology

Language and Literature - Yiddish

JWST 206 (3) Introduction to Yiddish Literature
JWST 280D1 (3) Introductory Yiddish
JWST 280D2 (3) Introductory Yiddish
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 355 (3) The Yiddish Canon
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 380D1 (3) Intermediate Yiddish
JWST 380D2 (3) Intermediate Yiddish
JWST 381 (3) Modern Yiddish Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 387 (3) Modern Jewish Authors
JWST 480 (3) Advanced Yiddish 1
JWST 481 (3) Advanced Yiddish 2
JWST 485 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 486 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 487 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 488 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D1 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D2 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 530 (3) Topics in Yiddish Literature
JWST 531 (3) Topics in Yiddish Literature
JWST 587 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 588 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature

Modern Jewish Studies

HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 309 (3) Jews in Film
JWST 346 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 347 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 348 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 349 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 386 (3) American Jewish Literature
JWST 387 (3) Modern Jewish Authors
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 502 (3) Modern lsraeli Literature
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 558 (3) Topics: Modern Jewish Thought
JWST 585 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 1
JWST 586 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 2
POLI 347 (3) Arab-Israel Conflict, Crisis, Peace
SOCI 327 (3) Jews in North America

Rabbinic Studies

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 319 (3) Judaism and the Occult
JWST 333 (3) The Hebrew Liturgy
JWST 345 (3) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 374 (3) Talmud and Law 1: Bava Kamma
JWST 375 (3) Talmud and Law 2: Bava Metzia
JWST 402 (3) Readings in Rabbinic Literature
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 532 (3) Narrative Midrash
JWST 533 (3) Halakhic Midrash
JWST 534 (3) Homiletic Midrash
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 537 (3) The Bible in the Talmud Bavli
JWST 538 (3) Early Rabbinic Parshanut 1
JWST 541 (3) Medieval Ashkenazi Parshanut
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 572 (3) Aggadah in Modern Scholarship
JWST 574 (3) Bible in Responsa Literature
JWST 576 (3) Jewish Family Law

Other Department Courses - History

Many of the courses in Jewish Studies are related to other departments, e.g., History, Religious Studies. There are also related courses in other departments which students specializing in certain areas of Jewish Studies might be encouraged to include in their programs, e.g., Classical Greek, Arabic, theories of literature, etc.

The following History department courses may be used as Jewish Studies courses in the Department of Jewish Studies programs. These courses have been included in the areas of study course lists above.

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Jewish Studies (36 credits)

Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours Program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs." 

Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable).

Joint Honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 in their program courses and, according to Faculty regulations, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

Required Courses (9 credits)

JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 491 (3) Honours Thesis 1
JWST 492 (3) Honours Thesis 2

Complementary Courses (27 credits)

27 credits selected as follows:

Jewish History

6 credits of courses on Jewish history.

One of:

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000

One of:

HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000

Jewish Language

0 - 6 credits of a Jewish language. Each Joint Honours student will complete at least one Jewish language at the advanced level of instruction. A student who can demonstrate competence in a Jewish language may be permitted to substitute other courses for all or part of the language requirement.

JWST 340D1 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 480 (3) Advanced Yiddish 1
JWST 481 (3) Advanced Yiddish 2

Areas of Jewish Studies

15 - 21 credits, planned with an adviser and normally chosen to reflect progress to the advanced level in one of the areas of study: Biblical Studies, East European Studies, Jewish History, Jewish Thought, Literature (Hebrew, Yiddish), Modern Jewish Studies, and Rabbinic Studies.

Biblical Studies

JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 324 (3) Biblical Interpretation - Antiquity
JWST 327 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 328 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 329 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 331 (3) Bible Interpretation/Medieval Ashkenaz
JWST 332 (3) Bible Interpretation/Sefardic Tradition
JWST 333 (3) The Hebrew Liturgy
JWST 428 (3) Jewish Interpretation of Bible
JWST 429 (3) Biblical Poetry
JWST 456 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 457 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 458 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 459 (3) Studies in the Hebrew Bible
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
JWST 520 (3) Bible Interpretation in Antiquity
JWST 521 (3) Bible in Dead Sea Scrolls
JWST 523 (3) Ancient Bible Interpretation
JWST 532 (3) Narrative Midrash
JWST 533 (3) Halakhic Midrash
JWST 534 (3) Homiletic Midrash
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 536 (3) Readings: Aramaic Bible Translation
JWST 537 (3) The Bible in the Talmud Bavli
JWST 538 (3) Early Rabbinic Parshanut 1
JWST 541 (3) Medieval Ashkenazi Parshanut
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 545 (3) Parshanut in Renaissance Italy
JWST 546 (3) Innovative Medieval Parshanut
JWST 547 (3) Mystical Biblical Interpretation
JWST 548 (3) Medieval Parshanut
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 551 (3) 20th Century Parshanut
JWST 554 (3) Modern Jewish Biblical Scholarship
JWST 555 (3) The Bible in Jewish Philosophy
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 571 (3) Biblical Literature
JWST 572 (3) Aggadah in Modern Scholarship
JWST 573 (3) History of Hebrew Bible Text
JWST 574 (3) Bible in Responsa Literature
JWST 575 (3) Topics in Parshanut
JWST 581 (3) Aramaic Language
JWST 582 (3) Hebrew and Aramaic Philology
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations

East European Studies

HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
JWST 206 (3) Introduction to Yiddish Literature
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 381 (3) Modern Yiddish Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 411 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 1881-1948
JWST 412 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 438 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 1
JWST 439 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 485 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 486 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 487 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 488 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D1 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D2 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 585 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 1
JWST 586 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 2

Jewish History

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 305 (3) American Jewish History / Colonial Era to WWI
JWST 306 (3) The American Jewish Community
JWST 314 (3) Denominations in North American Judaism
JWST 315 (3) Modern Liberal Jewish Thought
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City

Jewish Thought

EDER 318 (3) Teaching the Jewish Liturgy
HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 261 (3) History of Jewish Philosophy & Thought
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 314 (3) Denominations in North American Judaism
JWST 315 (3) Modern Liberal Jewish Thought
JWST 337 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 1
JWST 338 (3) Jewish Philosophy and Thought 2
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 558 (3) Topics: Modern Jewish Thought

Language and Literature - Hebrew

JWST 199 (3) FYS: Images - Jewish Identities
JWST 200 (12) Hebrew Language (Intensive)
JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 225 (3) Literature and Society
JWST 300 (3) Charisma and Social Change
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 323 (3) The Israeli Novel
JWST 325 (3) Israeli Literature in Translation
JWST 340D1 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 367 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 368 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 369 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 370 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 403 (3) Contemporary Hebrew Literature
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 411 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 1881-1948
JWST 412 (3) Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 429 (3) Biblical Poetry
JWST 438 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 1
JWST 439 (3) Survey of Hebrew Literature 2
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 502 (3) Modern lsraeli Literature
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 582 (3) Hebrew and Aramaic Philology

Language and Literature - Yiddish

JWST 206 (3) Introduction to Yiddish Literature
JWST 280D1 (3) Introductory Yiddish
JWST 280D2 (3) Introductory Yiddish
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 355 (3) The Yiddish Canon
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 380D1 (3) Intermediate Yiddish
JWST 380D2 (3) Intermediate Yiddish
JWST 381 (3) Modern Yiddish Literature
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 387 (3) Modern Jewish Authors
JWST 480 (3) Advanced Yiddish 1
JWST 481 (3) Advanced Yiddish 2
JWST 485 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 486 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 487 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 488 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D1 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 498D2 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 530 (3) Topics in Yiddish Literature
JWST 531 (3) Topics in Yiddish Literature
JWST 587 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature
JWST 588 (3) Tutorial in Yiddish Literature

Modern Jewish Studies

HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 240 (3) The Holocaust
JWST 301 (3) Hebrew Empire and Crisis
JWST 309 (3) Jews in Film
JWST 346 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 347 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 348 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 349 (3) Modern Jewish Studies
JWST 351 (3) Studies in Modern Jewish Literature
JWST 356 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/Eastern Europe
JWST 357 (3) Jewish Labour Movement/North America
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 361 (3) The Shtetl: 1500-1897
JWST 362 (3) The Shtetl: 1897-1939
JWST 365 (3) Modern Jewish Ideologies
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature
JWST 386 (3) American Jewish Literature
JWST 387 (3) Modern Jewish Authors
JWST 404 (3) Literary Response to Loss/Separation
JWST 445 (3) The Poetry of Nationalism
JWST 502 (3) Modern lsraeli Literature
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 558 (3) Topics: Modern Jewish Thought
JWST 585 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 1
JWST 586 (3) Tutorial: Eastern European Studies 2
POLI 347 (3) Arab-Israel Conflict, Crisis, Peace
SOCI 327 (3) Jews in North America

Rabbinic Studies

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
JWST 201 (3) Jewish Law
JWST 216 (3) Jewish Studies 2: 400 B.C.E. - 1000
JWST 217 (3) Jewish Studies 3: 1000 - 2000
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 319 (3) Judaism and the Occult
JWST 333 (3) The Hebrew Liturgy
JWST 345 (3) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
JWST 358 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2
JWST 374 (3) Talmud and Law 1: Bava Kamma
JWST 375 (3) Talmud and Law 2: Bava Metzia
JWST 402 (3) Readings in Rabbinic Literature
JWST 474 (3) Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
JWST 532 (3) Narrative Midrash
JWST 533 (3) Halakhic Midrash
JWST 534 (3) Homiletic Midrash
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 537 (3) The Bible in the Talmud Bavli
JWST 538 (3) Early Rabbinic Parshanut 1
JWST 541 (3) Medieval Ashkenazi Parshanut
JWST 542 (3) Abraham Ibn Ezra as Parshan
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 544 (3) Nachmanides as Parshan
JWST 572 (3) Aggadah in Modern Scholarship
JWST 574 (3) Bible in Responsa Literature
JWST 576 (3) Jewish Family Law

Other Department Courses - History

Many of the courses in Jewish Studies are related to other departments, e.g., History, Religious Studies. There are also related courses in other departments which students specializing in certain areas of Jewish Studies might be encouraged to include in their programs, e.g., Classical Greek, Arabic, theories of literature, etc.

The following History department courses may be used as Jewish Studies courses in the Department of Jewish Studies programs. These courses have been included in the areas of study course lists above.

HIST 207 (3) Jewish History: 400 B.C.E. to 1000
HIST 219 (3) Jewish History: 1000 - 2000
HIST 307 (3) Jews in Poland
HIST 427 (3) The Hasidic Movement
HIST 477D1 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
HIST 477D2 (3) Seminar in Jewish History
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Jewish Studies (JWST) Related Programs

Jewish Studies (JWST) Related Programs

Jewish Teacher Training Program

Jewish Teacher Training Program

Established in 1973 in the Faculty of Education in conjunction with the Department of Jewish Studies, this program prepares students to teach at the elementary and secondary school levels.

Students are encouraged to acquire a strong general background in Bible, Jewish liturgy, traditions and history prior to registering in the program. Students lacking the ability to teach in Hebrew should consider spending a term at an Israeli university.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Director, Dr. Eric Caplan, at 514-398-6544; by consulting Faculty of Education > Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Kindergarten and Elementary Jewish Studies (126 credits); and from the web: www.mcgill.ca/edu-jttp.

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