Jewish Studies Minor

Students may choose to major or minor in Jewish Studies at the College. Students who minor in Jewish Studies rarely pursue careers in Jewish Studies. Rather, we offer an exceptional array of classes that develop critical analytical and writing skills through the lens of the Jewish experience, which can then be applied across a broad range of disciplines and careers.

Students also benefit from the ability to apply Hebrew language courses and the Jewish history survey (JWST 210 and 215) towards both the Jewish Studies minor as well as the general education language and history requirements, while most other courses count for humanities credits. It is thus a highly accessible minor for all students, regardless of your major field.

In order to earn a minor, students must complete six Jewish Studies courses, one of which must be JWST 210. In addition to the course list below, other courses with significant Jewish content may count toward the minor with the Director's approval. At least 9 hours at the 200 level or above must be earned at the College of Charleston.

Jewish Studies Minor (B.A.)

(6 courses) 


JWST 210 Jewish History I:  Ancient to Modern

Five additional courses from the following list:  

FYSM 124* First-Year Seminar in Jewish Studies

HBRW 101 Elementary Modern Hebrew I

HBRW 102 Elementary Modern Hebrew II

HBRW 201 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I

HBRW 202 Intermediate Modern Hebrew II

HBRW 313 Advanced Modern Hebrew: Conversation and Composition

HBRW 314 Advanced Modern Hebrew: Conversation and Composition

JWST 200 The Jewish Tradition/RELS 225 The Jewish Tradition

JWST 215 Jewish History II: Modern to Present

JWST 220 History of Israel

JWST 230 The Holocaust

JWST 240 Jewish Philosophy

JWST 245/ENGL 191 Introduction to Jewish-American Literature

JWST 300 Special Topics in Jewish Studies

JWST 305 Israeli Cinema

JWST 310 Topics in Jewish History

JWST 315 Southern Jewish History 

JWST 320 Topics in American Jewish Culture

JWST 325 Jewish Mysticism 

JWST 330 Representations of the Holocaust

JWST 335 Modern Jewish Politics

JWST 399 Directed Reading

JWST 400 Independent Study in Jewish Studies

HIST 244* History of Germany

HIST 344* Modern European Cultural History

HIST 345* Modern German Cultural and Intellectual History

PHIL 255* Philosophy of Religion

POLS 324 Politics of the Middle East

POLS 339* Special Topics in Comparative Politics

RELS 201 The Old Testament: History and Interpretation

RELS 310* Sacred Texts

*NOTE: These courses must have specifically Jewish content to count towards the Jewish Studies major.