Rice University Program in Jewish Studies

Courses in Jewish Studies

All of the following courses count toward the minor in Jewish Studies. A list of course categories, as outlined in the Minor requirements, is also included below.  

 ANTHROPOLOGY: 

  • ANTH 365: Politics of Representation (Sharim)
  • ANTH 376 Art & Activism (Sharim)

ENGLISH:

  • ENGL 265: Jewish-American Literature (Lurie)
  • ENGL 397 (2): Topics in Literature and Culture: Modern Jewish Literature (Weininger) 

FIRST YEAR WRITING:

  • FWIS 104: Religious Violence & Tolerance (Sanders; Soifer-Irish)
  • FWIS 124: Witnessing the Holocaust (Oesmann)
  • FWIS 125: Lethal Religion (Henze)
  • FWIS 150: Jewish-American Lit and Culture (Lurie)
  • FWIS 177: Bizarre Biblical Stories (Ogren)
  • FWIS 199: Jews on Film (Weininger) 

FRESHMAN SEMINAR:

  • FSEM 121: From Kafka to the Holocaust: Discourse in Alienation (Weissenberger)
  • FSEM 158: Medieval Violence (Soifer-Irish)
  • FSEM 182: Trial by Fire: American Jews and the Civil War (Furman)

GERMAN:

  • GERM 121: From Kafka to the Holocaust: Discourse in Alienation (Weissenberger)
  • GERM 322: Marx, Freud, Einstein: Forebearers of Modernity (Weissenberger)
  • GERM 329: Literature of the Holocaust and Exile (Weissenberger)
  • GERM 351: Holocaust Memory in Modern Germany (Oesmann; Weininger)
  • GERM 425: Vienna and Its People (Weissenberger)

HEBREW:

  • HEBR 125: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I
  • HEBR 126: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II
  • HEBR 141: First Year Hebrew I
  • HEBR 142: First Year Hebrew II
  • HEBR 263: Low-Intermediate Hebrew 2
  • HEBR 264: Intermediate Modern Hebrew
  • HEBR 301: Advanced Intermediate Hebrew I
  • HEBR 302: Advanced Intermediate Hebrew
  • HEBR 326: Advanced Modern Hebrew

HISTORY:

  • HIST 158: Medieval Violence (Soifer-Irish)
  • HIST 201: Judaism of Jesus and Hillel (Weininger)
  • HIST 205: Medieval Mediterranean World (Sanders; Soifer-Irish)
  • HIST 324: Coexistence in Medieval Spain (Soifer-Irish)
  • HIST 357: Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe (Soifer-Irish)
  • HIST 374: Jewish History, 1500-1948 (Cohen; Furman)
  • HIST 381: God, Time and History (Henze; Maas)

HISTORY OF ART:

  • HART 377: Medieval Manuscripts (Wolfthal; Neagley)
  • HART 387: Holocaust Memory in Germany (Oesmann; Weininger)
  • HART 435: Multicultural Europe, 1400-1700 (Wolfthal)

HUMANITIES:

  • HUMA 322: Marx, Freud, Einstein: Forebearers of Modernity (Weissenberger)
  • HUMA 329: Literature of the Holocaust and Exile (Weissenberger)

 JEWISH STUDIES: 

  • JWST 120: Israel: Language & Culture (Weininger)

 MEDIEVAL/EARLY MODERN STUDIES:

  • MDEM 116: Mysticism Throughout the Ages (Ogren)
  • MDEM 205: Medieval Mediterranean World (Sanders; Soifer-Irish)
  • MDEM 324: Coexistence in Medieval Spain (Soifer-Irish)
  • MDEM 357: Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe (Soifer-Irish)
  • MDEM 377: Medieval Manuscripts (Wolfthal; Neagley)
  • MDEM 435: Multicultural Europe, 1400-1700 (Wolfthal)

RELIGION:

  • RELI 104: Introduction to Jewish Mysticism (Ogren)
  • RELI 108: Introduction to Judaism (Weininger)
  • RELI 116: Mysticism Throughout the Ages (Ogren)
  • RELI 125: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I
  • RELI 126: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II
  • RELI 203: Judaism of Jesus and Hillel (Weininger)
  • RELI 213: The Prophet Jeremiah (Henze)
  • RELI 215: Mystic Cinema: Kabbalah in Film (Ogren)
  • RELI 243: The Book of Genesis (Henze)
  • RELI 326: Angels, Powers, and Monsters (Henze)
  • RELI 339: Apocalypse Then and Now (Henze)
  • RELI 347: Sex and Gender in Modern Jewish Culture (Weininger)
  • RELI 349: Representation of the Holocaust in Literature, Art and Film (Weininger)
  • RELI 363: Jewish Philosophy (Ogren)
  • RELI 381: The Messiah (Ford)
  • RELI 382: Lost Judaisms: The Apocryphal Writings (Henze)
  • RELI 385: God, Time and History (Henze; Maas)
  • RELI 388: Psalms and Poetry (Henze; Weininger)
  • RELI 392: Jerusalem: Holy City in Time and Imagination (Henze; Weininger)
  • RELI 443: Maimonides’ “Guide for the Perplexed” (Ogren)

SOCIOLOGY:

  • SOCI 363: African American Jewish Relations (Furman)
  • SOCI 365: Politics of Representation (Sharim)
  • SOCI 376 Art & Activism (Sharim)

WOMEN, GENDER, & SEXUALITY:

  • SWGS 347: Sex and Gender in Modern Jewish Culture (Weininger)

 

Course Categories

As part of the course requirements for the Minor in Jewish Studies, students must take at least one course in each of the following categories (If a course is listed in more than one category, students can elect a category for which the course counts, yet each course can apply to only one category):

  1. language and literature
  2. history and culture
  3. thought, philosophy, and ethics

Please see the lists below, outlining which courses may count for which of the categories indicated above.

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE:
  • ENGL 265: Jewish-American Literature (Lurie, Susan)
  • ENGL 397 (2): Topics in Literature and Culture: Modern Jewish Literature (Weininger, Melissa)
  • FWIS 150: Jewish-American Lit and Culture (Lurie, Susan)
  • FWIS 177: Bizarre Biblical Stories (Ogren, Brian)
  • GERM 329: Literature of the Holocaust and Exile (Weissenberger, Klaus)
  • GERM 351: Holocaust Memory in Modern Germany (Oesmann, Astrid; Weininger, Melissa)
  • HART 387: Holocaust Memory in Germany (Oesmann, Astrid; Weininger, Melissa)
  • HEBR 125: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I
  • HEBR 126: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II
  • HEBR 141: First Year Hebrew I
  • HEBR 142: First Year Hebrew II
  • HEBR 263: Low-Intermediate Hebrew 2
  • HEBR 264: Intermediate Modern Hebrew
  • HEBR 301: Advanced Intermediate Hebrew I
  • HEBR 302: Advanced Intermediate Hebrew
  • HEBR 326: Advanced Modern Hebrew
  • RELI 125: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I
  • RELI 126: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II
  • RELI 213: The Prophet Jeremiah (Henze, Matthias)
  • RELI 243: The Book of Genesis (Henze, Matthias)
  • RELI 326: Angels, Powers, and Monsters (Henze, Matthias)
  • RELI 339: Apocalypse Then and Now (Henze, Matthias)
  • RELI 349: Representation of the Holocaust in Literature, Art and Film (Weininger, Melissa)
  • RELI 381: The Messiah (Henze, Matthias)
  • RELI 382: Lost Judaisms: The Apocryphal Writings (Henze, Matthias)
  • RELI 388: Psalms and Poetry (Henze, Matthias; Weininger, Melissa)
  • SWGS 347: Sex and Gender in Modern Jewish Culture (Weininger, Melissa)
HISTORY AND CULTURE:
  • FSEM 121: From Kafka to the Holocaust: Discourse in Alienation (Weissenberger, Klaus)
  • FSEM 158: Medieval Violence (Soifer-Irish, Maya)
  • FSEM 182: Trial by Fire: American Jews and the Civil War (Furman, Joshua)
  • FWIS 104: Religious Violence & Tolerance (Sanders, Paula; Soifer-Irish, Maya)
  • FWIS 199: Jews on Film (Weininger, Melissa) 
  • GERM 121: From Kafka to the Holocaust: Discourse in Alienation (Weissenberger, Klaus)
  • GERM 351: Holocaust Memory in Modern Germany (Oesmann, Astrid; Weininger, Melissa)
  • GERM 425: Vienna and Its People (Weissenberger, Klaus)
  • HART 387: Holocaust Memory in Germany (Oesmann, Astrid; Weininger, Melissa)
  • HIST 158: Medieval Violence (Soifer-Irish)
  • HIST 201: Judaism of Jesus and Hillel (Weininger, Melissa)
  • HIST 205: Medieval Mediterranean World (Sanders, Paula; Soifer-Irish, Maya)
  • HIST 324: Coexistence in Medieval Spain (Soifer-Irish, Maya)
  • HIST 357: Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe (Soifer-Irish, Maya)
  • HIST 374: Jewish History, 1500-1948 (Cohen, Daniel; Furman, Joshua)
  • HIST 381: God, Time and History (Henze, Matthias; Maas, Michael)
  • MDEM 205: Medieval Mediterranean World (Sanders, Paula; Soifer-Irish, Maya)
  • MDEM 357: Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe (Soifer-Irish, Maya)
  • MDEM 435: Multicultural Europe, 1400-1700 (Wolfthal, Diane)
  • RELI 104: Introduction to Jewish Mysticism (Ogren, Brian)
  • RELI 108: Introduction to Judaism (Weininger, Melissa)
  • RELI 203: Judaism of Jesus and Hillel (Weininger, Melissa)
  • RELI 215: Mystic Cinema: Kabbalah in Film (Ogren, Brian)
  • RELI 347: Sex and Gender in Modern Jewish Culture (Weininger, Melissa)
  • RELI 349: Representation of the Holocaust in Literature, Art and Film (Weininger, Melissa)
  • RELI 385: God, Time and History (Henze, Matthias; Maas, Michael)
  • RELI 389: Medical Ethics After the Holocaust (Rubenfeld, Sheldon)
  • RELI 392: Jerusalem: Holy City in Time and Imagination (Henze, Matthias; Weininger, Melissa)
  • SOCI 363: African American Jewish Relations (Furman, Joshua)
  • SWGS 347: Sex and Gender in Modern Jewish Culture (Weininger, Melissa)
THOUGHT, PHILOSOPHY, AND ETHICS:
  • ANTH 365: Politics of Representation (Sharim, Yehuda)
  • ANTH 369: Times of Constraint (Sharim, Yehuda)
  • ANTH 376: Art and Activisim (Sharim, Yehuda)
  • FSEM 121: From Kafka to the Holocaust: Discourse in Alienation (Weissenberger, Klaus)
  • FWIS 104: Religious Violence & Tolerance (Sanders, Paula; Soifer-Irish, Maya)
  • FWIS 125: Lethal Religion (Henze, Matthias)
  • GERM 121: From Kafka to the Holocaust: Discourse in Alienation (Weissenberger, Klaus)
  • GERM 322: Marx, Freud, Einstein: Forebearers of Modernity (Weissenberger, Klaus)
  • HIST 381: God, Time and History (Henze, Matthias; Maas, Michael)
  • HART 435: Multicultural Europe, 1400-1700 (Wolfthal, Diane)
  • HUMA 322: Marx, Freud, Einstein: Forebearers of Modernity (Weissenberger, Klaus)
  • MDEM 116: Mysticism Throughout the Ages (Ogren, Brian)
  • RELI 104: Introduction to Jewish Mysticism (Ogren, Brian)
  • RELI 116: Mysticism Throughout the Ages (Ogren, Brian)
  • RELI 347: Sex and Gender in Modern Jewish Culture (Weininger, Melissa)
  • RELI 381: The Messiah (Henze, Matthias)
  • RELI 385: God, Time and History (Henze, Matthias; Maas, Michael)
  • RELI 389: Medical Ethics After the Holocaust (Rubenfeld, Sheldon)
  • RELI 443: Maimonides’ “Guide for the Perplexed” (Ogren, Brian)
  • SOCI 365: Politics of Representation (Sharim, Yehuda)
  • SOCI 369: Times of Constraint (Sharim, Yehuda)
  • SOCI 376: Art and Activism (Sharim, Yehuda)
  • SWGS 347: Sex and Gender in Modern Jewish Culture (Weininger, Melissa)