JS and HGHRS Courses Available in the following  HUB areas (Click the link to see):

Introductory Courses

World Cultures of the Jews

CAS JS 100 (4 Credits)

MWF 1:25-2:15pm

Introduces students to the study of Judaism in its many forms by exploring Jewish communities across the globe today, their different historical origins and cultural contexts, and strategies of preserving cohesion and transnational solidarity. BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration.

Instructor: Professor Ingrid Anderson  

Judaism

CAS JS 110 (4 Credits)

MWF 11:15-12:05pm

Systematic and historical introduction to doctrines, customs, literature, and movements of Judaism; biblical religion and literature; rabbinic life and thought; medieval mysticism and philosophy; modern movement and developments. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship, and Intercultural Literacy, Critical Thinking.

Instructor: Professor Jonathan Klawans

Sacred Texts and Comparative Traditions 

From Jesus to Christ: Origins of Christianity 

CAS JS 211 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 202

TR 11:00-12:15pm

Introduces the texts of the New Testament and other early Christian writings: first, to place Jesus of Nazareth in the religious and social context of Second Temple Judaism and the Roman empire; and second, to explain the origins and growth of Christian beliefs, practices, and social formations up to the second century. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking.

Instructor: Professor David Frankfurter

Holy City: Jerusalem in Time, Space and Imagination

CAS JS 250 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 220

MWF 10:10-11:00pm

Transformation of an ordinary ancient city into the holy city of Jews, Christians, and Muslims; and development of modern Jerusalem, as shaped by British rule, Zionism, and Palestinian nationalism. Jerusalem’s past, present, and meanings considered through analyses of religious and secular rhetoric. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, The Individual in Community, Critical Thinking.

Instructor: Professor Michael Zank

Dead Sea Scrolls

CAS JS 311 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 334

M 1:25-3:15pm and W 1:25-2:15pm

Examination of the ancient Hebrew documents discovered in the Judean desert. Their authorship; the religious significance of the Scrolls; their relations to Ancient Judaism and early Christianity; the controversy over their release and publication. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking.

Instructor: Professor Jonathan Klawans

History and Holocaust

The Holocaust

CAS JS 260 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 384

TR 12:30-1:45pm

Rise of German (and European) antisemitism; rise of Nazism; 1935 Nuremberg Laws; the initial Jewish reaction; racial theory; organizing mass murder including ghettos, concentration camps, killing squads, and gas chambers; bystanders and collaborators (countries, organizations, and individuals); Jewish resistance; post-Holocaust religious responses; moral and ethical issues. BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking.

Instructor: Professor Steven T. Katz 

Topics in Jewish Studies: Jews in Modern Culture

CAS HI 550 (4 Credits)

R 3:30-6:15pm

Examines the role and impact of Jews as producers and brokers of modern culture, with a focus on fields ranging from psychoanalysis to movies. Considers whether Jews‘ cultural activities were distinctive and, if so, how and why.

Instructor: Professor Charles Dellheim

​​The Holocaust through Film

CAS JS 367 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS XL 387

TR 11-12:15pm

An examination of film using the Holocaust as its central topic. What are the political and cultural effects when genocide is represented through film? Can feature films portray history, and if so, what are the consequences for an informed society? Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship, and Intercultural Literacy, Writing- Intensive Course.

Instructor: Professor Matthew Creighton

Seminar on the Holocaust

CAS JS 460 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 460

TR 9:30-10:45pm

This course will examine historical, ethical, and religious issues arising from the Holocaust. We will discuss antisemitism and ideology; what communities were considered “other”; human motivation regarding collaborators, perpetrators, and bystanders; the role of individuals, organizations, and governments; the treatment of women; the ethics of resistance; the behavior of the Jewish Councils; and attitudes to the existence of God during and after the Holocaust. We will also compare the Holocaust to contemporary crises now occurring around the world. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Ethical Reasoning, Historical Consciousness.

Instructor: Professor Steven T. Katz 

Contemporary Jewish Societies and Cultures, incl. Israel Studies

Israel: History, Politics, Culture, Identity

CAS JS 285 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS HI 392

TR 9:30-10:45am

Using a broad array of readings, popular music, documentaries, film, and art, this course explores Israel’s political system, culture, and society, including the status of minorities in the Jewish state; post-1967 Israeli settlement projects; and the struggle for Israel’s identity. BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Creativity/Innovation.

Instructor: Professor David Lehrer

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

CAS JS 286 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS HI 393

TR 2:00-3:15pm

History of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, analysis of conflicting narratives through primary sources and film. Students present their reflections on the conflict and debate possibilities of resolution. Counts toward majors and minors in History, International Relations, Middle East & North Africa Studies, and Jewish Studies. BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship, and Intercultural Literacy.

Instructor: Professor Nahum Karlinsky

Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

CAS JS 379 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 249

MWF 12:20-1:10pm

Explores historical and contemporary manifestations of Islamophobia and Antisemitism. Students are exposed to a wide range of relevant written and visual texts as well as theoretical approaches. Includes active learning component and collaborative presentations by students. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, The Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration.

Instructor: Professor Adam Seligman and Professor Kecia Ali

Israeli Culture Through Media

CAS JS 380 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS LH 340

MWF 12:20-1:10pm

An advanced Hebrew language course, which uses as its “textbook” Israeli newspapers, television, and online news media. Students follow current events in Israel (politics, business, sports, etc.); compare coverage in diverse outlets; speak and write knowledgeably about Israeli society. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Digital/Multimedia Expression.

Instructor: Professor Miriam Angrist 

Jewish Literature and Thought

Jewish Literature

CAS JS 136 (4 Credits) 

MWF 12:20-1:10pm

How do changing notions of ethnicity and race, religion, and gender, as well as geographical place define Jewish family and community? Topics include immigration, diaspora, and national culture; patriotism, antisemitism, and multiculturalism; Jewish identities and gender; conversion, assimilation, and acculturation. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship, and Intercultural Literacy.

Instructor: Professor Matthew Creighton

Jewish Mysticism

CAS JS 246 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 326

TR 2-3:15pm

This course explores the rich world of Jewish Mysticism from its earliest roots to its contemporary expressions in the 21st century. We look at the interaction between Jewish mystics and major western schools of thought such as Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, Aristotelianism, and Sufism. The course also introduces students to the Kabbalistic tradition and its various historical manifestations—no prior knowledge of Hebrew or other themes in Jewish studies is required. Effective Spring 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Aesthetic Exploration, Teamwork/Collaboration.

Instructor: Professor Yair Lior

Topics in Gender and Literature 

CAS XL 381 (4 Credits) 

T 12:30-3:15pm

Topics vary. It may be repeated for credit if the topic is different—the topic for Spring 2022: Female Voices in Dark Times: Women Poets from East to West. Approaches poetry, film, and paintings by women who used art to raise their voices in the world: to speak out, protest, claim equality and simply make themselves heard.

Instructor: Professor Lilah Lachman