Fall Term 2022
HEB*1010 Modern Elementary Hebrew I (4 Credits)
This course is designed for students with no prior experience in the language. Special emphasis is placed on active communication to develop oral and comprehension skills. If you have prior knowledge of Hebrew either in a traditional academic setting or a religious setting contact the instructor to determine your Hebrew level. A paper and pencil placement exam is available.
HEB*3110 Hebrew Language Tutorial (1 to 4 Credits)
Language Tutorials offer students in Hebrew an opportunity to pursue advanced levels of study when a catalog course at their level is not available. Students may register for HEB 3110 by contacting the WLC department chair and crafting a plan of study with the appropriate professor. All proposals must be approved by the WLC department chair, the appropriate professor, and the Registrar before study may begin.
HEB*4110 Language Tutorial (1 to 4 Credits)
HST*1390 Fascism and Propaganda (4 Credits)
This course focuses on the theory and practice of propaganda during the 12 years of the Third Reich. It combines the study of the ideological roots of National Socialism, the radical and peculiarly German form of Fascism, with a close analysis of the techniques, organization, and effectiveness of the Nazi regime’s propaganda. Challenging the idea of the total power of propaganda, it looks for the limits of persuasion and possible other reasons for which Germans might have decided to follow Hitler. The course is divided into two main parts, which address (1) the historical developments in Nazi Germany until the outbreak of the War, 1933-1939; and (2) the Second World War and the destruction of European Jewry, 1939-1945.
POL*3660 Middle East Politics (4 Credits)
This course studies Middle Eastern political dynamics and institutions, contemporary issues and problems of selected Middle Eastern and North African countries.
REL*1320 Early Christian Literature in Context (4 Credits)
This class focuses on the emergence of early Christian literature, including the writings of the New Testament, out of the diverse world of the ancient Mediterranean and especially within the context of first century Judaisms. This course uses the tools of historical and rhetorical analysis to engage in close readings of these varied writings, which include gospels, epistles, and apocalyptic writings.
REL*1850 Jewish Traditions (4 Credits)
This course traces the history of the Jewish community from its origins in ancient Israel to the present day, considering the evolution of its major ideas and practices as well as the diversity of Jewish cultures throughout the world. A range of classical and contemporary Jewish approaches to theology, ethics, ritual, gender, peoplehood, spirituality, authority and relations with other communities will be explored.
REL*3260 Sex Lives of Saints: Sex, Gender and Ancient Mediterranean Religions (4 credits)
Ancient writings on sex and gender have had an enormous influence on modern Euro-American perspectives. This course explores how ancient Mediterranean religious traditions, including first century Judaism and early Christianity, constructed and regulated gender and sexuality. While the main focus is upon reading ancient primary sources, students will be introduced to contemporary gender theory as well as some of the ways in which ancient traditions continue to impact modern views on gender and sexuality.