The School of Humanities
Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary field that crosses traditional boundaries between academic fields and departments. Courses in Jewish Studies allow students to study Judaism as it has evolved from an ancient set of shared religious practices into the pluralistic religion and culture that it is today. In both the humanities and social sciences, Jewish Studies broadly examines the texts, history, languages, philosophy, literature, and culture of the Jewish people from the ancient to the modern. The study of Jewish life and culture provides an opportunity to explore the continuities and diversity of Judaism as it has been lived and practiced for over three millennia all over the world.
Diversity of thought is a hallmark of Jewish culture dating back to the earliest Jewish texts, and we strive to follow this model in our courses. The diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the Program in Jewish Studies allows undergraduates the opportunity to enrich their major fields of study with a specific focus on Judaism and Jewish culture. The Program in Jewish Studies at Rice also forms an important bridge to the community, making use of the rich resources available in Houston, engaging with local institutions, and participating in timely public discussions.
Upon completing the Jewish Studies minor, students will be able to:
Students pursuing the minor in Jewish Studies (JWST) must complete:
Jewish Studies minor courses are open to all students at Rice from all backgrounds. Our classes meet student interests in Jewish experience and its importance for history, literature, art, politics, law, and philosophy. The following requirements apply to the Jewish Studies minor.
CORE REQUIREMENTStudents must complete at least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following to satisfy the Jewish Studies minor's Core Requirement.
ELECTIVES To fulfill the remaining Jewish Studies minor requirements, students must complete a total of 5 additional courses (15 credit hours) from the following categories as listed below. At least one course must be completed from each category. 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.
Language and Literature Students must complete at least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following
History and Culture Students must complete at least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Thought, Philosophy, and EthicsStudents must complete at least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the undergraduate minor in Jewish Studies. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: Courses from various subjects may apply toward the minor.Department Description and Code - Jewish Studies: JWST Minor Description and Code - Minor in Jewish Studies: JWST
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, listed in the Jewish Studies Undergraduate Requirements section can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Jewish Studies, see the department's website: https://jewishstudies.rice.edu/.