Jewish Studies: B.A. Degree

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Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Jewish Studies Concentration

Graduation, May 2013.

Hayley Wright earned the Religious Studies/Jewish Studies major in 2013.

Students at Carolina can make the study of Jewish history and culture the centerpiece of their undergraduate experience.

The degree program is offered through the Department of Religious Studies, where students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a Concentration in Jewish Studies.

This is the first official undergraduate degree program in Jewish Studies to be offered by an institution in the state of North Carolina.


Core RequirementsBA bug2

  • JWST 100/RELI 123
  • JWST 697
  • One course on the ancient period chosen from CLAR/JWST/RELI 110, 512; JWST/RELI 103, 106, 206, 503, 602; RELI 109, 211, 212, 608
  • One course on the medieval or early modern period chosen from GERM 225; HIST/JWST 153, 308, 451; RELI 108, 450, 565, 566
  • One course on the period from 1750 to the present chosen from AMST 360; AMST/JWST 486; AMST/JWST/WMST 253; ASIA 60, 235, 357; ASIA/HIST/PWAD 277; CMPL 270/GERM 270/JWST 239/RELI 239; ENGL/JWST 289; HEBR 142, 436; HEBR/JWST 305, 306; HIST/JWST 485; HIST/JWST/PWAD 262; JWST/PLSH 412; JWST/PWAD/SLAV 465; JWST/RELI 107, 143, 243, 343, 444; JWST/SLAV 464, 469; RELI 446; SPAN 252, 253
  • At least three courses taught outside the Department of Religious Studies and chosen from AMST 360; AMST/JWST 486; AMST/JWST/WMST 253; ASIA 60, 235, 357; ASIA/HIST/PWAD 277; CMPL 270/GERM 270/JWST 239/RELI 239; ENGL/JWST 289; GERM 225; HEBR 142, 436; HEBR/JWST 305, 306; HIST/JWST 153, 308, 451, 485; HIST/JWST/PWAD 262; JWST/PLSH 412; JWST/PWAD/SLAV 465; JWST/SLAV 464, 469; SPAN 252, 253

Courses listed more than once can be counted for only one category.

Additional Requirements

  • Students must take two courses at or above the 400 level, exclusive of the capstone seminar (JWST 697).
  • Language Requirement: HEBR/JWST 101, 102, 203, and 204; or RELI 401, 402, 403, and 404


Student Advising

• Students wishing to learn more about the program, the degree requirements, and how to declare the major, should contact the Director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies:

Dr. Ruth von Bernuth
Director, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures   (919) 962-4866

Note: new courses may be added each year
AMST 360 The Jewish Writer in American Life
AMST/JWST 486 Shalom Y’all: The Jewish Experience in the American South
AMST/JWST/WMST 253 A Social History of Jewish Women in America
ASIA 235 Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity
HEBR 305/JWST 305 Advanced Modern Hebrew I
HEBR 306/JWST 306 Advanced Modern Hebrew 2
ASIA/HIST/PWAD 277 The Conflict over Israel/Palestine
CLAR/JWST/RELI 110, 512 Archaeology of Palestine in the New Testament Period
CMPL 270/GERM 270/JWST 239/RELI 239 German Culture and the Jewish Question
ENGL/JWST 289; Jewish American Literature and Culture of the 20th Century
GERM 225 Pop and Pious: Early Modern Jewish Literature
HEBR 436 Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice
HIST/JWST/PWAD 262 History of the Holocaust: Destruction of the European Jews
JWST/SLAV 469 Coming to America: The Slavic Immigrant Experience in Literature
JWST/PLSH 412 20th-Century Polish Literature and Culture
JWST/PWAD/SLAV 465 Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in Russia and Eastern Europe
JWST 100/RELI 123 Introduction to Jewish Studies
JWST/RELI 103 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature
JWST/RELI 106 Introduction to Early Judaism
JWST/RELI 107 Introduction to Modern Judaism
JWST/RELI 143 Judaism in Our Time
JWST/RELI 205 Legends of Genesis
JWST/RELI 206 Prophecy and Divination in Ancient Israel and Judah
JWST/RELI 243 Introduction to American Judaism
JWST/RELI 343 Religion in Modern Israel
JWST/RELI 444 Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism
JWST/RELI 503 Exploring the Dead Sea Scrolls
JWST/RELI 602 What Are the Holy Scriptures? Formation of the Hebrew Canon
JWST/SLAV 464 Imagined Jews: Jewish Themes in Polish and Russian Literature
RELI 108 Jewish Writing through History
RELI 109 History and Culture of Ancient Israel
RELI 446 Christian-Jewish Relations throughout the Ages
RELI 450 Sexuality and Marriage in Jewish Tradition and History
RELI 565 Medieval Jews and the Bible
RELI 566 Jewish Legal Literature
RELI 605 Joseph–King of Dreams: Joseph in Bible and Tradition
RELI 608 The Messiah and the Apocalypse