This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2020–21.
Professors Cushing, Kepnes, A.S. Nakhimovsky
Advisory Committee Cushing, Dauber (Director), Guez, Kepnes, A.S. Nakhimovsky, Nemes, Stahlberg
The Jewish Studies Program at Colgate encompasses a wide range of studies in Jewish religion, history, politics, and arts. In recognition of the complex interaction between religion and culture in Jewish life and the diversity of Jewish historical experience, the program in Jewish studies at Colgate is necessarily interdisciplinary. The Jewish studies minor makes use of faculty and course offerings in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and university studies, and encourages students to explore their particular interests, be they religious, literary, or political.
The Saperstein Jewish Center
The Saperstein Jewish Center was dedicated in 1993 as a campus home for Jewish studies, as well as for Jewish religious and secular life. The center houses a Jewish book, music, and film library, as well as computer facilities. All students and faculty are encouraged to make use of these resources.
The Program offers two extended study courses: JWST 181 - The Many Faces of Israel, and JWST 329 - The Politics of Nationalism and Memory in Eastern Europe (Extended Study).
The Jewish Studies Award — awarded by the program to an outstanding student of Jewish studies for continuing study in the field.
The courses listed below are offered by the JWST program. As an interdisciplinary program, select courses from other departments/programs may also count toward the JWST minor requirements. Use the minor link below to find other courses that count toward these requirements.
Majors and Minors
- HEBR 121 - Elementary Hebrew I
- HEBR 122 - Elementary Hebrew II
- HEBR 195 - Elementary-Level Hebrew Language Abroad
- HEBR 201 - Intermediate Hebrew I
- HEBR 202 - Intermediate Hebrew II
- HEBR 291 - Independent Study
- HEBR 295 - Intermediate-Level Hebrew Language Abroad
- HEBR 391 - Independent Study
- HEBR 395 - Advanced-Level Hebrew Language Abroad
- HEBR 491 - Independent Study
- JWST 181 - The Many Faces of Israel
- JWST 204 - Jewish Fiction since the Holocaust
- JWST 208 - The Hebrew Bible in America
- JWST 213 - The Bible as/and Literature
- JWST 222 - Comparative Scripture
- JWST 228 - Jerusalem: City of Gods
- JWST 242 - Antisemitism, past and present
- JWST 250 - Jewish Identity in the Modern World: Stories, Documents, Lives
- JWST 251 - Faith after the Holocaust
- JWST 283 - Experiencing Judaism
- JWST 291 - Independent Study
- JWST 308 - End of the World
- JWST 329 - The Politics of Nationalism and Memory in Eastern Europe (Extended Study)
- JWST 339 - Modern Jewish Philosophy
- JWST 344 - Antisemitism, past and present
- JWST 354 - On Tyranny
- JWST 391 - Independent Study
- JWST 491 - Independent Study