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Jewish Studies Program

The Faculty

    Program Coordinator:
  • Jessica Lang (English)

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Field Description

The Jewish Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of Jewish culture, history, sociology, literature, art, film and religion. While the focus of Baruch’s Jewish Studies program highlights the American, and more specifically, the New York Jewish experience, all courses that center on Jewish-related subjects fulfill the requirements for the minor. These courses are offered often cross-listed with other departments and are open to all students; they address the historical, social, cultural, religious and political life of American and world Jewry.

The Minor

Required Course
JWS 4900 Mapping the Jewish Experience 3 credits


Choose two of the following courses:
ANT 3153 Urban Anthropology 3 credits
ANT 3085 Special Topics in Anthropology/Sociology*   (SOC 3085) 3 credits
ANT 4050 Religious Worlds of New York   (SOC 4050)   (REL 4050) 3 credits
CMP 4001 Laughter Through Tears: Classic Yiddish Fiction in Translation   (JWS 4001) 3 credits
ENG 3032 Ethnic Literature* 3 credits
ENG 3940 Topics in Film* 3 credits
ENG 4550 Jewish-American Literature 3 credits
HEB 3311 History (Ancient) of the Jewish People as Reflected in Literature 3 credits
HEB 3312 History (Medieval/Modern) of the Jewish People as Reflected in Literature 3 credits
HEB 4304 The Hebrew Essays 3 credits
HIS 3008 Religion and Politics in the United States   (POL 3008)   (REL 3008) 3 credits
HIS 3360 Topics in European History * 3 credits
HIS 3460 Topics in American History * 3 credits
HIS 3472 American Urban History 3 credits
HIS 3550 The Immigrant in American History 3 credits
HIS 3551 History of the People of the City of New York 3 credits
HIS 3560 History of the Jewish People in America 3 credits
JWS 3950 Special Topics in Jewish Studies 3 credits
POL 3086 The Modern Middle East and North Africa 3 credits
REL 3002 The Traditions of Judaism 3 credits
REL 3525 The Hebrew Bible 3 credits
REL 3220 Modern Jewish Thought 3 credits
  * Students may use this course if the topic is relevant to the minor.
Please consult the Director of the Jewish Studies Program for permission.

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