The following foundations,
individuals, and agencies
have given generously:
Paul & Sheri Robbins
Eda & Joseph Pell
The SJSU Middle East Studies Consortium
Dr. Jonathan P. Roth
Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary minor program, offering to students courses within two colleges and seven departments, allowing for a reading of contemporary, historical, fictional, philosophical, and scriptural texts that enable the critical exploration of issues and ideas. Please see the minor program pages for required and optional courses. Courses are also available to non-matriculating students through Open University.
Courses Available for Fall 2015
Upper Division Courses
Political Science 144: Middle Eastern Politics
Professor Constantine Danopoulos
TR 10:30 - 11:45
One of the most volatile, if tragic, regions of international politics is the Middle East. This course is designed to acquaint the student with crucial issues of the Arab-Israeli dispute, the East-West involvement, the impact of rapid political modernization, and the inter-Arab confrontations in the region. The course also includes a basic historical background of the area and a look at the contemporary political systems of the most important states of the Middle East. Strategic location, oil wealth, and instability, makes the Middle East a study of considerable urgency.
Lower Division Courses
Professor Rina Katzen
The Hebrew program is directed to people interested in the Bible, religious studies, archeology, linguistics, learning a foreign language, or learning about ancient and modern Israel.
In the Advanced Hebrew course students read Hebrew magazines, newspapers, and other literature, as they continue studying the language and grammar at an advanced level.
Beginning Hebrew, HEBR 10A
TR 10:30-11:15, CL 208
Religion 90: Bible History and Literature
Professor Brent Walters
TR 9:00-10:15, DMH 226B
W 18:00-20:45, SH 240
Satisfies C2 requirement
This introductory course on the Bible reconstructs the original context of the biblical record, covering the social setting of the Jews and early Christians in light of the cultural and religious environment that influenced the writers of these sacred writings. Discussing literal and figurative uses of language, the class studies biblical narrative, prophecy, poetry, wisdom, apocalypse, gospel, parable, and epistle.