Global Modernity and the Jewish Experience (Jewish Studies Minor)

Global Modernity and the Jewish Experience is a six-course focus area within the international studies major. Upon completion of the focus area requirements, international studies students will receive a minor in Jewish studies.

Beginning in the 18th century, new forms and ideals of citizenship, secular public space, individuality, and empire and nation undercut long-established norms and institutions of Jewish life. In their place emerged numerous, ever-multiplying, and often clashing forms of Jewish (or indeed post-Jewish) identity, culture, and politics. The experiences of this ancient global community, coupled with the dramatic changes in Jewish life in the past century, offer a unique but illuminating view on aspects of global modernity such as:

  • Diaspora, statehood, dispersion, and territoriality
  • Nationalism and cosmopolitanism
  • Secularization, secularism, and modern religiosity
  • Language and identity
  • Political integration, citizenship, extrusion, and ethnic violence
  • Global interethnic and interreligious relations
  • The intertwined pasts and presents of Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East

Declaring the Focus Area

  1. Declare the Jewish studies minor by completing the appropriate “add minor” form, which can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.
  2. Make an appointment with Prof. Neta Stahl to officially declare the focus area and have her sign your Jewish studies minor form.


Students are required to take six courses to complete the focus area. These courses must be selected from an approved list that will be published each semester.

  • One course in history
  • One course in political science
  • One course in literature
  • One additional course in the area of the social sciences or history
  • Two semesters of Hebrew, Arabic, or Yiddish

Jewish Studies Program

The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program offers extensive and varied coverage of the modern Jewish experience. International studies students may take a rich array of relevant classes in English, German and Romance Languages and Literatures, History, Humanities, and Political Science, among other departments. This focus area also encourages students interested in Jewish studies to apply the program’s social scientific and comparative dimensions toward a deeper understanding of modern Jewish history; contemporary Jewish life; and the politics, society, and culture of the State of Israel.