Jewish Studies Courses

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Catalog Course Descriptions

Lower Division

Hebrew 1A/Hebrew 1B: Elementary Hebrew (3 Units). Basic structure and pronunciation of Hebrew; practice in reading, writing, speaking, and grammar; suitable introduction to both Biblical and modern Hebrew.  GE Breadth: C2.

Jewish Studies 10: Jewish Civilization (3 Units). An overview of Jewish Civilization from ancient to modern times that focuses on specific themes, events, and ideas that have shaped global developments in Jewish history, culture, and society within both Jewish community and minority status contexts.  GE Breadth: D3.

 Upper Division

English 116: Literature of the Old Testament (4 Units). (ENGL 116 same as PHIL 134.) Discussion and written analyses of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible. Special attention to the sources and styles of biblical literarcy techniques.

History 103: History of Early Christianity (3 Units).Early Christianity from the first century to eve of Reformation.

History 107: Modern Middle East (3 Units). Analysis of Middle Eastern history since Muhammad, with emphasis upon the 19th and 20th centuries. The Middle East under European imperial domination; nationalist movements and revolutions; the Arab‑Israeli conflict; the Middle East in contemporary world politics.

History 115: Ancient Israel (3 Units). Ancient Israel from Abraham to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Jewish religious thought is discussed by placing the books of the Old Testament in their historical context.

History 140: Holocaust (3 Units). This course discusses the rise of National Socialism in Germany, the origins of the persecution and murder of Jews, ghettos, concentration and death camps in Germany and Eastern Europe, and the aftermath, including the Nuremberg Trials.

History 154: Jewish American Popular Culture (3 Units). (Same as JS 154) Study of Jewish immigrant and subsequent Jewish American contributions to entertainment and other forms of popular culture from New York to Hollywood, particularly in film, music, and comedy. Prerequisite: G.E. Breadth Area D.  GE Integration: ID.

History 181: Anti-Semitism from Medieval to Modern World (3 Units). (Same as MCJ 181) Examination and critical analysis of anti‑Semitic thought and ideology from the medieval world to the present day. Studies the origins and effects of anti‑Semitic views and writings in a wider context.

History 186: American Immigration and Ethnic History (3 Units). Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Covers America, land of immigrants. American immigration policy, regulations, and implementation. Ethnic formation and heritage retention or loss. Pluralism, assimilation, and national unity: e pluribus unum. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

Jewish Studies 100W: Writing and the Jewish Experience (3 Units). Prerequisite: English Composition (ENGL 5A/B or 10) with a "C" grade or higher.  Survey of the Jewish American experience.  Emphasis on research methods, evaluation of evidence, and writing mechanics and exposition.  Meets the upper-division writing skills requirement for graduation.

Jewish Studies 154: Jewish American Popular Culture (3 Units). (Same as HIST 154) Study of Jewish immigrant and subsequent Jewish American contributions to entertainment and other forms of popular culture from New York to Hollywood, particularly in film, music, and comedy.  Prerequisite: G.E. Breadth Area D.  GE Integration: ID.

Mass Communication & Journalism 177T: Anti-Semitism from Medieval to Modern World (3 Units). (Same as HIST 181) Examination and critical analysis of anti‑Semitic thought and ideology from the medieval world to the present day. Studies the origins and effects of anti‑Semitic views and writings in a wider context.

Peace and Conflict Studies 100: Peace and Conflict (3 Units). Provides an overview of causes and types of conflict. Critical examination of issues related to war, peace, and justice. Principled negotiation; cultural awareness. (Formerly INTD 180)

Philosophy 131: Comparative Religion (3 Units). Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. A study of major religions of the world, their traditions, teachings, influential texts, methodological and comparative approaches. Emphasis on major Western and non‑Western religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

Philosophy 134: Literature of the Old Testament (4 Units). (ENGL 116 same as PHIL 134.) Discussion and written analyses of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible. Special attention to the sources and styles of biblical literarcy techniques.

Philosophy 158: Judaism (3 Units). Introduction to Judaism, including Torah, Jerusalem, Mishnah, Talmud, midrash, synagogue, Orthodox, Reform, Halakha, Passover, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, anti‑Semitism, and Holocaust.

Sociology 169: Sociology of Religion (3 Units). Major sects, denominations, and churches; integrative and disintegrative processes in the United States; contemporary religious phenomena.

Topics Courses: Relevant topics courses offered in any field are eligible for credit with the approval of the Jewish Studies Program Coordinator.  Recent topics courses include Greek 131T: Josephus, Philosophy 170T: Philosophy and Diaspora, and Political Science 179T: Politics of the Middle East.

Serving Learning Internship. Community Service Internship (COMS 101) or an approved internship course in any major of at least 3 units may satisfy one upper division course requirement for the Jewish Studies Minor (internship subject to approval by the Jewish Studies Program Coordinator).  COMS 101 provides a community service‑learning experience to help students develop personal, professional, and academic knowledge and skills. CR/NC grading only. (1-3 units).

Current Courses -- Spring 2019

•English 112 -- World Literature: Ancient (32198)
M/W 2-3:50 pm, FFS 208B, Michael Adisasmito-Smith.  Satisfies GE Integration: IC.

•Hebrew 1B – Basic Hebrew (36497)
MTWTh 2-2:50 pm, MCL Annex 52, James Russell.  Satisfies GE Breadth: C2 

•History 109T – Gender, Sexuality, & Family in the Modern Middle East (36247). MWF 1-1:50 pm, Social Sciences 112, Julia Shatz.

•History 154/Jewish Studies 154 – Jewish American Popular Culture (36284/30955). T 6-8:50 pm, Social Sciences 104, Jill Fields.  Satisfies GE Integration: ID.

•History 140 -- Holocaust (30897). T/Th 3:30-4:45 pm, Social Sciences 110, Melissa Jordine.

•History 146 – Gendered Perspectives on U.S. Immigration (37285). MWF 12-12:50 pm, Social Sciences 110, DeAnna Reese.

•Humanities 118 – Folklore and Fascism (Folklore in Contemporary Life) (36450). T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Peters Business 102, Amila Becirbegovic.  Satisfies GE Integration: IC.

•Jewish Studies 10 – Jewish Civilizations (30983). Tu/Th 3:30-4:45 pm, Social Sciences 210, James Russell.  Satisfies GE Breadth: D3.

•Jewish Studies 100W – Writing about the Jewish Experience (30984). T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Social Sciences 103, Jill Fields.  Meets the upper division writing requirement for graduation.

•Pax 100 – Peace & Conflict Studies (33389 & 37265). T/Th 9:30-10:45 am, LAB School 133, Negin Tahvildary; W 6-8:50 pm, Social Sciences 209B, Sudarshan Kapoor.

•Philosophy 131 – Comparative Religion (32634 & 36638). MW 2-3:15 pm, Food & Family Sciences 313, Veena Howard; T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Food & Family Sciences 315, Aldea Mulhern.

•Community Service 101 - Community Service Internship (35916).  To set up your internship, contact Jill Fields (Social Sciences 123, 559-278-5414, jfields@csufresno.edu). You may enroll in 1-3 units, for up to 3 units total if taken again.

Fall 2018

•Armenian Studies 120T -- Armenian Genocide in Comparative Perspective (76541) 
M/W 3:30-4:45 pm, Social Sciences 209B, Umit Kurt

•English 50T -- Apocalypse (76525)
T/Th 12-1:50 pm, Peters Business 101, Toni Wein

•English 179 – Multi-Ethnic American Literature (73230)
MW 12-1:50 pm, Social Sciences 205B, Melanie Hernandez

•Hebrew 1A – Basic Hebrew (76546)
MTWTh 2-2:50 pm, MCL Annex 52, James Russell.  Satisfies GE Breadth: C2.

•History 107 – Modern Middle East (76361)
MWF 11-11:50 am, Social Sciences 104, Julia Schatz

•History 179T – Jews in American Film (76368)
T 6-8:50 pm, Social Sciences 110, Jill Fields

•Jewish Studies 10 – Jewish Civilizations (77081)
MWF 1-1:50 pm, Engineering East 190, James Russell.  Satisfies GE Breadth: D3.

•Jewish Studies 100W – Writing about the Jewish Experience (76375)
T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Social Sciences 110, Jill Fields.  Meets the upper division writing requirement for graduation.

•Jewish Studies 181/Mass Communications & Journalism 177T –
Anti-Semitism from the Medieval to the Modern World (77256 & 76833) (Same as History 181)
MW 2-3:15 pm, Industrial Tech 123, Bradley Hart 

•Pax 100 – Peace & Conflict Studies (73446)
T/Th 9:30-10:45 pm, Family and Food Sciences 315, Negin Tahvildary

•Philosophy 131 – Comparative Religion (73070 & 73367)
MWF 12-12:50 & 1-1:50 pm, Science 2, Rm. 309, Miloud Tais

•Philosophy 134/English 116 – Literature of the Old Testament (72669)
MW 3-4:50 pm, Family and Food Sciences 317, Robert Maldonado

•Philosophy 158 – Judaism (76667)
MWF 1-1:50 pm, Speech Arts 163, Aldea Mulhern

•Sociology 169 – Sociology of Religion (77164)
MWF 8-8:50 am, Science 2, Rm 209, Tim Cupery

•Community Service 101 - Community Service Internship (76239)
To set up your internship, contact Chris Fiorentino (Thomas 107, 559-278-7079, chrisf@csufresno.edu) or Jill Fields (Social Sciences 123, 559-278-5414, jfields@csufresno.edu). You may enroll in 1-3 units, for up to 3 units total if taken again.

Spring 2018

•German 160T – Movies go to War: Post WWII German Cinema (36997). T/Th 12:30-1:45, Family Food Sciences 213, Amila Becirbegovic

•History 140 – Holocaust (31069). T/Th 5-6:15 pm, Social Sciences 110, Melissa Jordine

•History 146 – Gendered Perspectives on U.S. Immigration (36137). M 6-8:50 pm, Social Sciences 103, DeAnna Reese

•History 154 – Jewish American Popular Culture (36176). T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Social Sciences 210, Dan Cady.  Satisfies GE Integration: ID.

•Humanities 118 – Folklore and Fascism (32733). MWF 10-10:50 am, Lab School 133, Amila Becirbegovic.  Satisfies GE Integration: IC.

•Jewish Studies 10 – Jewish Civilizations (36754). T/Th 3:30-4:45 pm, Social Sciences 110, James Russell.  Satisfies GE Breadth: D3.

•Jewish Studies 100W – Writing About the Jewish Experience (36755). T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Family Food Sciences 216B, Jill Fields.  Meets the upper division writing requirement for graduation.

•Pax 100 – Peace & Conflict (33424 & 33715). T/Th 12:30-1:45 pm & T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Family and Food Sciences 315, Negin Tahvildary

•Philosophy 131 – Comparative Religion (32858). MW 2-3:15 pm, Family and Food Sciences 315, Veena Howard

•Political Science 144T – Middle East Politics & Policy (36559). MW 3:30-4:45 pm, Social Sciences 207, Russell Mardon

•Sociology 150T – Sociology of Terrorism and Genocide (36950). Th 7-9:50 pm, Social Sciences 203, Matthew Jendian

•Sociology 169 – Sociology of Religion (36246). T/Th 3:45-5 pm, Social Sciences 203, Tim Cupery

•Community Service 101 - Community Service Internship (30027). To set up your internship, contact Chris Fiorentino (Thomas 107, 559-278-7079, chrisf@csufresno.edu) or Jill Fields (Social Sciences 123, 559-278-5414, jfields@csufresno.edu). You may enroll in 1-3 units, for up to 3 units total if taken again.

Fall 2017

•English 116 – Literature of the Old Testament (72690). MW 1-2:50 pm, Family and Food Sciences 315, Robert Maldonado

•English 179 – Multi-Ethnic American Literature (73296). MW 12-1:50 pm, Family and Food Sciences 208A, Samina Najmi

•History 179T – Jews in American Film (76308). T 6-8:50 pm, Social Sciences 104, Jill Fields

•History 186 – American Immigration & Ethnic History (76309). T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Social Sciences 103, De Anna Reese

•Humanities 118: Folklore in Contemporary Life – Fascism and Folklore  (72600) T 6-8:50 pm, Peter's Business 12, Amila Becirbegovic

•Pax 100 – Peace & Conflict (73714 & 73535). T/Th 11-12:15 pm; T/Th 12:30-1:45 pm, Family and Food Sciences 315, Negin Tahvildary

•Philosophy 131 – Comparative Religion (76868; 73108, 73444; 76555). MWF 10-10:50 am, Speech Arts 153, Veena Howard; T/Th 9:30-10:45 am & T/Th 11-12:15 pm, Family and Food Sciences 317, Staff; T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Family and Food Sciences 313, Staff

•Philosophy 134 – Literature of the Old Testament (72688). MW 1-2:50 pm, Family and Food Sciences 315, Robert Maldonado

•Community Service 101 Community Service Internship(76172). To set up your internship, contact Chris Fiorentino (Thomas 107, 559-278-7079,chrisf@csufresno.edu) or Jill Fields (Social Sciences 123, 559-278-5414, jfields@csufresno.edu). You may enroll in 1-3 units, and repeat the course for up to a total of 3 units.

Spring 2017

History 140 – Holocaust(36589) Tuesday 6-8:50 pm, Social Sciences Bldg., Rm. 110, Melissa Jordine

PAX 100 – Peace & Conflict (33367 & 36352).  M/W 2-3:15 pm & M/W 3:30-4:45 pm, Science 2 Bldg., Rm. 309, Negin Tahvildary.

Philosophy 131 – Comparative Religion (33247 & 32729).  T/Th 9:30-10:45 am & 11-12:15 pm, FFS Bldg., Rm. 317; Veena Howard

Social Sciences 150T – Migrants & Refugees in the Modern Middle East (36070).  Tuesday 6:30-9:20 pm, Social Sciences Bldg., Rm. 104, Stacy Fahrenthold.

Community Service 101 Community Service Internship (35827).  To set up your internship, contact Chris Fiorentino (Thomas 107, 559-278-7079,chrisf@csufresno.edu) or Jill Fields (Social Sciences 123, 559-278-5414, jfields@csufresno.edu). You may enroll in 1-3 units, and repeat the course for up to a total of 3 units.