Wake Forest has numerous Jewish faculty and staff members throughout its various schools, departments and offices. Students and faculty have opportunities to mingle at all Hillel events as well as at all Office of Jewish Life activities.
The Interdisciplinary Jewish Studies (JWS) program at Wake Forest requires 15 credit hours, from at least two departments with three courses numbering 200 or above. History, German Studies, English, Political Science and the American Ethnic Studies Departments, and the Humanities Institute offer many interesting courses as part of the Jewish Studies Program, including American Jewish Culture, American Jewish Literature, History of European Jewry from the Middle Ages to the Present, Ancient Israel, and courses on the Middle East.
The following information is from the 2017-2018 Undergraduate College Bulletin
The Jewish Studies Minor emphasizes Jewish history, thought, texts, literature, the arts, and traditions, and the ways that they have evolved in the context of various civilizations from antiquity to the present.
Since Jewish civilization developed as a result of its interaction with other religions and cultures, the Minor is trans-regional/national and thereby serves to link disparate fields of study that are usually examined separately. Jews and Judaism are studied within the broader context of world civilizations and the spectrum of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In this regard, the Minor complements already existing areas of interest in a number of majors and disciplines, (such as American Ethnic Studies, History, International Studies, Medieval Studies, Politics and International Affairs, and Religious Studies to name but a few).
The interdisciplinary approach of the Minor exposes students to a wide range of disciplines and, like other established interdisciplinary minors, gives students the opportunity for synthesizing and critically reflecting on their course of study. The Jewish Studies Minor provides interested students a grounding for graduate study in the humanities, religion, and social sciences. Additional elective courses may have been approved since publication of this bulletin. The program director maintains a complete list of all approved elective courses. For course descriptions, see the relevant department’s listing in this bulletin.
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The Department for the Study of Religions (http://college.wfu.edu/religion/) and the School of Divinity (http://divinity.wfu.edu/) offer courses in the Hebrew Bible and Comparative Judaism courses, with additional courses being planned for the future. They also offer Biblical Hebrew, which meets the language requirement for Wake Forest students.
History, German Studies, English, Political Science and the American Ethnic Studies Departments as well the Humanities Institute offer courses in American Jewish Culture, American Jewish Literature, a survey of Jewish history, Ancient Israel and courses on the Middle East.
Wake Forest has hosted distinguished Jewish Studies faculty from other institutions who have lectured on Anti-Semitism, Jewish identity and other subjects.
Staff from the Office of Jewish Life, within the Office of the Chaplain, offers informal classes on prayer, on Torah, and on Judaism. Students are encouraged to ask questions and are given opportunities to learn one on one.
Wake Forest boasts a graduate population of approximately 2,500 students, including the School of Business, the School of Law, and the School of Medicine. We welcome all graduate students to all our events.
Gabriel Frank Benzecry
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