Interdisciplinary Judaic Studies Minor

Judaic Studies provides a broad liberal arts background that cultivates an appreciation of the central role played by Jewish culture in the development of human civilization.  Without the full depth of a major, this interdisciplinary program provides students some substantive understanding of the historical, religious, literary, philosophical, sociological and political experiences of the Jews; and it offers a diverse disciplinary framing of questions central to the Jewish experience with different perspectives and methodologies.

Find out more about this minor in the UMaine Catalog.

Coordinator

portrait of derek michaudDerek A. Michaud
Lecturer of Philosophy
derek.a.michaud@maine.edu

207.581.3890

Required Courses for Judaic Studies Track:

  • JST 200 – Introduction to Judaism, Credits: 3
  • JST 203 – Jewish History and Culture I: The Middle Ages to 1750, Credits: 3
  • 4 elective courses

Required Courses for Judaic Studies Language Track:

  • HBR 101 – Beginning Modern Hebrew, Credits: 3
  • HBR 102 – Beginning Modern Hebrew II, Credits: 3
  • JST 200 – Introduction to Judaism, Credits: 3
  • JST 203 – Jewish History and Culture I: The Middle Ages to 1750, Credits: 3
  • 2 elective courses

Elective Courses

Other courses may be taken as electives with the consent of the Coordinator of Judaic Studies

  • ANT 249 – Religion and Violence, Credits: 3
  • ANT 256 – Ethnic Conflict, Credits: 3
  • ANT 454 – Cultures and Societies of the Middle East Credits: 3
  • CLA 202 – Mythology of the Ancient Near East, North Africa and Greece, Credits: 3
  • HBR 101 – Beginning Modern Hebrew, Credits: 3 (may be taken as elective in the non-language track)
  • HBR 102 – Beginning Modern Hebrew II, Credits: 3 (may be taken as elective in the non-language track)
  • HTY 411 – The Holocaust, Credits: 3
  • HTY 446 – History of Modern Middle East, 1800-Present, Credits: 3
  • MUH 650 Topics in Music History: Entartete Musik: Degenerate Music (see Graduate Catalog for description)
  • JST 383 – Topics in Judaic Studies, Credits: 3
  • PAX 201 – Introduction to Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Credits: 3
  • PAX 398 – Topics in Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Credits: 3, Topic: Genocide
  • PAX 491 – Forgiveness: Creating a Culture of Peace and Reconciliation, Credits: 3
  • PHI 105 – Introduction to Religious Studies, Credits: 3
  • POS 309 – Topics in Political Theory, Credits: 3 (topics that are clearly relevant to Judaic Studies may be counted)
  • POS 359 – Topics in American Government, Credits: 3 (topics that are clearly relevant to Judaic Studies may be counted)
  • POS 370 – International Terrorism: The Challenges for America, Credits: 3
  • POS 375 – United States and the Middle Wast, Credits: 3
  • POS 386 – Religion and Politics in the United States, Credits: 3
  • POS 469 – Politics of the Middle East, Credits: 3
  • SOC 308 – Problems of Violence and Terrorism, Credits: 3
  • SOC 325 – Sociology of Religion, Credits: 3

Residency Requirement

Minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of Maine