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Jewish Studies Undergraduate Degrees

Undergraduate Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Course Requirements:

The Holocaust - Choose one of the following (3 CH):
JWSH 343 / HIST 343 The Holocaust in History
JWSH 341 / HIST 341 Hitler and Nazi Germany
Historical context - Choose one of the following (3 CH):
JWSH 329 Politics and Conflict in Israel and Palestine
JWSH 335 / HIST 355 / WGSS 355 History of Jewish Women
JWSH 344 / HIST 344 Modern Jewish History
JWSH 371 / CLSX 371 Archaeology of Ancient Israel
JWSH 382 / HIST 382 / REL 382 / CLSX 382 Jerusalem Through the Ages
Genocide courses - Choose two of the following (6 CH):
JWSH 315 / HIST 325 / SPAN 302 The Spanish Inquisition
JWSH 337 / REL 337 Religious Zionisms
JWSH 342 / HIST 342 Medieval to Early Modern Jewish History
JWSH 387 / REL 387 / HIST 381 Enemies of Ancient Israel
ANTH 465 / GIST 465 Genocide and Ethnocide
ANTH 570 / GIST 570 Anthropology of Violence


Jewish Studies Program statement in solidarity with protests against police brutality

Beloved community,

As an academic program in the University of Kansas, we stand in solidarity with Black Americans -- including Black Jewish people -- and everyone hurting after the senseless, brutal murder of George Floyd and all people targeted by systemic racism and injustice in our country. We continue to be committed to our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This morning, the Association for Jewish Studies sent out an email reminding us that as scholars of Jewish Studies, we are keenly aware of the devastating impact of discrimination and violence against minority groups. Dr. Cécile Accilien, the Chair of the KU Department of African and African-American studies, shared with us the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

The Jewish Studies academic community is rich and diverse – it includes scholars and students who are Jewish and non-Jewish, scholars and students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and from multiple denominations and creeds, people who are immigrants (like myself) and those who are American-born. The Bible commands: צֶ֥דֶק צֶ֖דֶק תִּרְדֹּ֑ף tzedek tzedek tirdof, which translates into English as “Only justice shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). In this well-cited verse, the Hebrew word tzedek, or justice, repeats twice. There can be many explanations of the repetition – textual interpretation in all its many forms is a beloved pursuit for many of us. Today, I am going to give you my own interpretation -- though I am sure that it already exists somewhere in the treasury of Jewish exegesis. One tzedek, or justice, you must pursue for yourself and for people like you; that is, perhaps, the justice that is easiest to understand, because we keenly feel injustices committed against ourselves and people like us. The other tzedek is the justice you must pursue for the sake of people who are not like you. It is often a harder lesson, but a necessary one. The justice, or tzedek, which we pursue thus also becomes a gift of chesed, of lovingkindness that enriches all of us.


In solidarity,

Dr. Renee Perelmutter,

Director of the Jewish Studies Program

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