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The minor in Jewish Studies fosters knowledge of Jewish history, thought, cultures, and languages through education, scholarship, and community outreach. The program offers courses in the Jewish religion and literature, the Hebrew language, the history of modern Israel and its role in shaping global Jewish identity, the cultures of the Jewish diaspora throughout the ages, and the ethical and philosophical role of Judaism in influencing other world religions and civilizations.
Opportunities to participate in cultural activities around religious and ethnic diversity
Learn about a rich history and culture
Unique Study Abroad opportunities
Demonstrate a commitment and investment in diversity
This course is a basic introduction to Judaism. We will explore the fundamental tenets of Jewish belief, examine primary expressions of Jewish ritual and practice, discuss the historical development of Judaism, and explore sacred texts, secular Yiddish texts, and contemporary issues confronting Jews and Judaism. Prerequisites: ENGL 110C.
After the atrocities of the Holocaust, Never again! has been repeated throughout the world. However, the reality is that genocide did not begin or end with the Holocaust. This course uses the Holocaust as a case study in genocide, tracing the history of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism in Europe through its reappropriation by Adolf Hitler. Through an interdisciplinary approach to the Holocaust where history, literature, film, and oral narratives are considered, students establish a basis for critiquing and understanding other genocides. The course will culminate with an analysis of contemporary genocide, taking into consideration how the genocides and the Holocaust inform our worldview of hatred and impact societies and cultures. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENGL 110C.
This course addresses various topics in Jewish Studies. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor.
Students entering the Minor program in Jewish Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
The minor in Jewish Studies requires that students take REL 350 Judaism and three approved Jewish Studies electives (nine hours) at the 300-level or above, for a total of 12 credits.
Students interested in the Jewish Studies minor are encouraged to take HEBR 111F Beginning Hebrew I to fulfill the University foreign language requirement.
For completion of a minor, a student must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses specified as a requirement for the minor (exclusive of 100- and 200-level courses and prerequisite courses) and complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement through courses offered by Old Dominion University.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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