Jewish American Studies Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog


JEWISH AMERICAN STUDIES MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. JEWISH AMERICAN STUDIES REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete the following 2 courses:

    JAST 201 Introduction to Jewish American Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
    JAST 401 Capstone Course in Jewish American Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. JEWISH AMERICAN STUDIES ELECTIVE COURSES

    Complete 4 courses for a total of 12 semester hours from at least 2 different departments.

    1. JEWISH AMERICAN STUDIES

      Complete 0 semester hours-6 semester hours from the following:

      1.  

        JAST 220 The Synagogue School in the American Sunday School Movement (3 hours lecture) 3
        JAST 390 Selected Topics in Jewish American Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
        JAST 399 Independent Study in Jewish American Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. 1 course from the following list may be taken.

        JAST 219 The Holocaust and the American Press: Before, During and After (3 hours lecture) 3
        JOUR 219 The Holocaust and the American Press: Before, During and After (3 hours lecture) 3
      3. 1 course from the following list may be taken.

        JAST 351 Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States (3 hours lecture) 3
        POLS 351 Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. HEBREW

      Complete 0 semester hours to 6 semester hours from the following:

      1. HEBREW I

        HEBR 101 Beginning Hebrew I (3 hours lecture) 3
        HEBR 112 Beginning Hebrew II (3 hours lecture) 3
        HEBR 121 Intermediate Hebrew I (3 hours lecture) 3
        HEBR 132 Intermediate Hebrew II (3 hours lecture) 3
        HEBR 151 Advanced Hebrew I (3 hours lecture) 3
        HEBR 152 Advanced Hebrew II (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. HEBREW II

        1 course from the following list may be taken:

        HEBR 201 Israeli-Hebrew Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
        HEIN 201 Israeli-Hebrew Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. POLITICAL SCIENCE

      Complete 0 semester hours to 6 semester hours from the following:

      POLS 215 Ethnic Politics in America (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 332 U.S. Immigration: Law and Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
    4. PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

      Complete 0 semester hours to 6 semester hours from the following:

      RELG 273 The Holocaust: Religious Perspectives (3 hours lecture) 3
      RELG 301 Jewish Spirituality and Mysticism (3 hours lecture) 3
    5. MUSIC

      Complete 0 semester hours-3 semester hours from the following list.

      MUGN 136 The History of Broadway (3 hours lecture) 3
    6. HISTORY

      Complete 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following:

      HIST 310 Immigrant in American History (3 hours lecture) 3
    7. ANTHROPOLOGY

      Complete 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following:

      ANTH 110 Anthropology of Multicultural America (3 hours lecture) 3
    8. SOCIOLOGY

      Complete 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following: (SOCI 310 and 411 may be used with written approval)

      SOCI 102 Racial and Ethnic Relations (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

ANTH110: Anthropology of Multicultural America (3 hours lecture)

Analysis of the diversity of racial, ethnic, religious, occupational, and other subcultures and subgroups within the U.S. Emphasis on the character of American culture. Subpopulations are examined in relationship to each other and to the mainstream culture. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HEBR101: Beginning Hebrew I (3 hours lecture)

For students starting Hebrew in college or students who have been placed at this level after taking the placement exam. Designed to develop the fundamental skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing through classroom drill, video-cassettes, and laboratory work. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

HEBR112: Beginning Hebrew II (3 hours lecture)

For students who have had previous experience with the Hebrew language or who have been placed at this level after taking the placement exam. Continuation of the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) through classroom drill, video-cassettes, and laboratory work. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HEBR 101.

HEBR121: Intermediate Hebrew I (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed for students who have completed Beginning Hebrew I and II at Montclair State University or who have been placed at this level after taking the placement exam. Though the course continues to build on the listening comprehension and speaking skills developed in Beginning Hebrew I and II, the course focuses on reading and writing through the study of representative works and characteristic aspects of modern Israeli Jewish culture. Laboratory work available. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HEBR 101 and HEBR 112.

HEBR132: Intermediate Hebrew II (3 hours lecture)

For students who have completed Intermediate Hebrew I at Montclair State University or students who have been placed at this level after taking the placement exam. Advanced development of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills through the study of authentic texts, representative works, and characteristic aspects of Israeli life and Jewish culture. Laboratory work is available. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HEBR 121.

HEBR151: Advanced Hebrew I (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Hebrew II at Montclair State University or students who have been placed at this level through an MSU official placement test. The material for this course comes more from printed than from audiovisual media, although the latter is also included. The course incorporates substantially more vocabulary than the previous two intermediate levels. Through the study of representative authentic works that highlight different aspects of Israeli and Jewish culture, the accompanying tasks and activities emphasize reading and writing. However, since it is still a proficiency based course, listening and speaking are integrated, and activities are included which aim at improving these skills as well. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HEBR 132.

HEBR152: Advanced Hebrew II (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed for students who have completed Advanced Hebrew I at Montclair State University or students who have been placed at this level through an MSU official placement test. The course is a continuation of Advanced Hebrew I in that the material comes from printed and audiovisual media and is characterized by longer lists of vocabulary and authentic texts that highlight aspects of Israeli culture. Although there is more emphasis on written skills, listening and speaking are still adequately integrated in a manner that accomplishes advanced language proficiency. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HEBR 151.

HEBR201: Israeli-Hebrew Culture (3 hours lecture)

Israeli-Hebrew Culture is a comprehensive survey class that introduces students to key themes and concepts of Israeli-Hebrew culture manifested in language, literature, film, popular music, art, politics, society, pop culture, religion, and public ritual- setting them in social-historical context, with particular attention to the construction of cultural meaning, while teaching key Hebrew vocabulary which is culturally relevant to each unit of instruction. Course conducted in English; students registering under the HEBR number will complete written work in Hebrew; students registering under the HEIN number will complete written work in English. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HEBR 132.

HEIN201: Israeli-Hebrew Culture (3 hours lecture)

Israeli-Hebrew Culture is a comprehensive survey class that introduces students to key themes and concepts of Israeli-Hebrew culture manifested in language, literature, film, popular music, art, politics, society, pop culture, religion, and public ritual- setting them in social-historical context, with particular attention to the construction of cultural meaning, while teaching key Hebrew vocabulary which is culturally relevant to each unit of instruction. Course conducted in English; students registering under the HEBR number will complete written work in Hebrew; students registering under the HEIN number will complete written work in English. Meets Gen Ed 2002 Requirement - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

HIST310: Immigrant in American History (3 hours lecture)

The processes by which the immigrant was incorporated into American society. Includes the cultural backgrounds from which the different groups came; the reasons for emigration; the nature of the communities they created once they reached the U.S.; their religious and social institutions; the problems of maintaining ethnic culture with the pressure to Americanize. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HIST 100; AND HIST 117 OR HIST 118.

JAST201: Introduction to Jewish American Studies (3 hours lecture)

This class explores the Jewish experience in America. Topics in education, family human services, immigration, aculturalization, multiple religious expressions, Jewish history in the U.S., gender, performing arts, politics, organizations and institutions, will be studied as they relate to Jewish American individuals and communities. This class serves as a core in the Jewish American Studies Minor. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

JAST219: The Holocaust and the American Press: Before, During and After (3 hours lecture)

This seminar explores the central questions of what did the American public know of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945, and when did it know it? More troubling still, if the public and thus the government knew of the assembly-line murder of 6 million Jews, and Sinti/Roma peoples, homosexuals, Communists, Jehovah's Witnesses and others, then why was nothing done? A thorough examination of radio, newsreel and especially newspaper coverage of the Holocaust - particularly from 1941-1945 - will be combined with a study of the historical events that made the Holocaust possible. The Holocaust and the free world's burden to "do something" also will be related to other genocides including Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur and others. Cross-listed with JOUR 219. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

JAST220: The Synagogue School in the American Sunday School Movement (3 hours lecture)

This course explores the historical and sociocultural foundations of the Jewish American synagogue movement as part of the Sunday school movement in the United States. Topics in education, curriculum, materials and assessment development as well as pedagogical approaches to second/foreign language and languages for specific purposes will be studied as they relate to multiple models of the Jewish American K-12 supplementary education. Repeat to 6.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or ENWR 106 or HONP 100 or HONP 101.

JAST351: Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States (3 hours lecture)

This seminar explores the legal and political traditions giving rise to contemporary Israeli and American legal systems. This encompasses such aspects as democratic process with its origins and influences, governmental institutions within each legal system, the role of religion and the protection of minority rights. Comparative perspectives provide an understanding of each legal system within its national context. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or POLS 202 or LAWS 200 or JURI 210 or JAST 201 or departmental approval.

JAST390: Selected Topics in Jewish American Studies (3 hours lecture)

This course will explore aspects of Jewish American studies not covered in the curriculum or which deserve more in-depth treatment than that in an existing course. The specific topic will be announced each time the course is offered. May be repeated once for a total of 6.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JAST 201 or departmental approval.

JAST399: Independent Study in Jewish American Studies (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide students and faculty with flexibility within the existing academic structure. Students and faculty may collaborate to create a course of study which either supplements existing courses or fills in gaps which either student or faculty perceive in a student's curriculum. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JAST 201.

JAST401: Capstone Course in Jewish American Studies (3 hours lecture)

Students will work with the instructor to develop a research area that is both derived from and builds on their earlier classroom and/or personal experience. Students in the course are expected to share the progress and outcome of their research with the class. Scope of topics to be selected to enrich the student's overall understanding of Jewish American Studies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JAST 201.

JOUR219: The Holocaust and the American Press: Before, During and After (3 hours lecture)

This seminar explores the central questions of what did the American public know of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945, and when did it know it? More troubling still, if the public and thus the government knew of the assembly-line murder of 6 million Jews, and Sinti/Roma peoples, homosexuals, Communists, Jehovah's Witnesses and others, then why was nothing done? A thorough examination of radio, newsreel and especially newspaper coverage of the Holocaust - particularly from 1941-1945 - will be combined with a study of the historical events that made the Holocaust possible. The Holocaust and the free world's burden to "do something" also will be related to other genocides including Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur and others. Cross-listed with JAST 219. Previous course ENJR 219 effective through Spring 2015. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

MUGN136: The History of Broadway (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to the varieties of style in music for the purpose of extending dramatic action, characterization and atmosphere in musicals, operettas and musical comedies. Representative works from 1927 to present. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Previous course MUGN 236 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

POLS215: Ethnic Politics in America (3 hours lecture)

The political behavior of American ethnic groups from the Puritans to the Puerto Ricans. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

POLS332: U.S. Immigration: Law and Politics (3 hours lecture)

This course explores the interrelationships among the legal, political and societal factors in major legislative enactments of U.S. immigration and nationality law as they relate to government institutions and affected populations. The course examines the law and politics of restrictive immigration since the founding of our nation, including exclusion laws of the nineteenth century, quota systems of the twentieth century, and key legislative acts of the later 20th and early 21st centuries. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or LAWS 200 or JURI 210 or departmental approval.

POLS351: Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States (3 hours lecture)

This seminar explores the legal and political traditions giving rise to contemporary Israeli and American legal systems. This encompasses such aspects as democratic process with its origins and influences, governmental institutions within each legal system, the role of religion and the protection of minority rights. Comparative perspectives provide an understanding of each legal system within its national context. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or POLS 202 or LAWS 200 or JURI 210 or JAST 201 or permission of department.

RELG273: The Holocaust: Religious Perspectives (3 hours lecture)

A study of Nazi extermination of 6,000,000 Jews during World War II and the moral and religious issues raised by this event. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

RELG301: Jewish Spirituality and Mysticism (3 hours lecture)

The writings of Rosenzweig, Buber, Heschel, Rubenstein, Fackenheim, Plaskow, Wyschogrod and others will be examined in detail. They will be studied in the context of the religious crisis of modern society which has generated Existentialism, Death of God Theology and radical shifts in Jewish life (the Holocaust and the rebirth of Israel). Students will be introduced to popular Jewish religious practice in America and elsewhere as well as to the most complex Jewish Theological speculation of this century. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: RELG 221 or RELG 240 or RELG 246 or RELG 250 or RELG 252 or RELG 254 or RELG 256 or RELG 267.

SOCI102: Racial and Ethnic Relations (3 hours lecture)

The social meaning of race and ethnicity. The social, psychological and structural sources of racism; the consequences of this phenomenon to groups; situation and comparative data. Meets General Education 2002 - Social Science. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Previous course SOCI 202 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.