Jewish Studies

With courses in ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern Jewish history, religion, culture, law, literature, and contemporary society, the Jewish studies minor provides students with a nuanced understanding of the living and historical traditions of Judaism, the Jewish people, and the modern State of Israel. Jewish studies at Fordham seeks to introduce students to Jewish history and culture within the larger framework of Jews’ interaction with other people, with a focus on Jewish-Christian relations, thereby furthering Fordham’s mission to foster in its students an understanding of different cultures and ways of life so they may be prepared “for an increasingly multicultural and multinational society.”

Courses in Jewish studies are integrated across Fordham’s curriculum, and across its campuses and departments, among them History; Theology; Sociology and Anthropology; Art History; English; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Fordham Law. Many of the courses are part of Fordham’s Core Curriculum. With a minor in Jewish studies students will be able to follow a coherent course of study outside their majors and acquire cross-cultural literacy, while fulfilling their Core requirements.

By enrolling in a Jewish studies minor students will acquire:

  • knowledge and understanding of Jewish culture and history across a broad chronological and geographic scope;
  • the ability to question dominant social assumptions by gaining cross-cultural literacy;
  • an awareness of interaction and mutual influence among Jews and their Christian, Muslim, and other neighbors over the course of history;
  • an awareness of the complexity of social identities, as well as of social divisions and prejudice;
  • the ability to understand how minority cultures live, adapt, and retain their identities among majority cultures;
  • the skills necessary to find and interpret complex sources and apply them to a larger project;
  • the ability to apply methods and theories from several disciplines to their studies.

For more information

Visit the Jewish studies program web page.

Courses in Other Areas

The following courses offered outside the department have the JWST attribute and count toward the Jewish Studies minor:

Course Title Credits
COLI 3145Medieval Love in Comparison: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Perspectives4
COLI 3400Modern Jewish Writing4
ENGL 3145Medieval Love in Comparison: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Perspectives4
FREN 3103Medieval Other, Modern Ethics: Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Medieval France4
HEBW 1001Introduction to Hebrew I5
HEBW 1502Intermediate Hebrew II3
HEBW 2001Hebrew Language and Literature I3
HIST 1850Understanding Historical Change: Jews in the Ancient and Medieval World3
HIST 1851Understanding Historical Change: Jews in the Modern World3
HIST 3050Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Medieval Iberia4
HIST 3270The Crusades4
HIST 3474The Arab Israeli Conflict: Cultural Perspectives4
HIST 3480Judaism and Islam4
HIST 3570Genocide4
HIST 3622Great Trials4
HIST 3675History of Modern Israel4
HIST 3806U.S. Immigration/Ethnicity4
HIST 3809Jews in the Modern World4
HIST 3810Jews in America4
HIST 3812Jews in the Early Modern World4
HIST 3815East European Jewish History4
HIST 3834Gender, Race, and American Mass Media4
HIST 3862History of New York City4
HIST 3925The Holocaust4
HIST 4048Israel: History, Society, Politics and Culture4
HIST 4308Antisemitism4
HIST 4312Antisemitism and Racism4
HIST 4331US in the Middle East: 1945-Present4
HIST 4610Seminar: Jewish Society and Culture in Eastern Europe4
HIST 4631Seminar: US in the Mid East: 1945-Pres4
HIST 4910Seminar: Genocide4
HIST 5506European Nationalisms and Early Modern (Jewish) History4
HPLC 2811Honors Sacred Texts3
MEST 2000Introduction to the Modern Middle East4
MEST 3502Palestine-Israel Conflict4
MLAL 3325 ‘The Gatekeepers?’ Documentary Cinema in Israel4
MLAL 3350Promised Land: Israeli Culture Between Utopia and Dystopia4
MLAL 3474The Arab Israeli Conflict: Cultural Perspectives4
MVST 4009Medieval Jerusalem4
PHIL 3652Contemporary French Philosophy4
PHIL 3665Philosophy and Judaism in the 20th Century4
PHIL 3865Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School4
PHIL 3904Feminist Philosophy4
THEO 3100Introduction to Old Testament / Tanakh3
THEO 3105The Torah3
THEO 3332Christians, Muslims, Jews in the Medieval Period3
THEO 3711Sacred Texts of the Middle East3
THEO 3713Classic Jewish Texts3
THEO 3826Women in the Bible4
THEO 3882Comparative Mysticism3
THEO 4009Medieval Jerusalem4
THEO 4050On Time and Its Value4