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Jewish Studies (Certificate)

The Jewish studies certificate program examines the history and culture of the Jews, generates and facilitates research on Judaica, and provides a model for transdisciplinary teaching and research. The program provides the community with programs, courses and research to further the understanding of Judaica and stands as an example of the university's commitment to a program of meaningful ethnic studies on a firm academic base.

The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Advising Office can assist you in adding the certificate to your course of study, and in petitioning for the certificate upon completion of courses. 

 At a Glance

Program Requirements 

The certificate in Jewish studies requires a minimum of 21 credit hours in approved course work. At least 12 upper-division hours are required. At least six upper-division hours must be in courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) is required in each course used toward the certificate. Complete, current certificate descpription and requirements, can be found here.

Jewish Studies Certificate Essentials

Language Requirement - 6 credit hours
Students must complete two semesters of the same language (6-8 credit hours).
HEB 101 AND HEB 102: Elementary Modern Hebrew (G) (8)
HEB 131: Biblical Hebrew I AND HEB 132: Biblical Hebrew II (6)
ARB 101: Elementary Arabic I AND ARB 102: Elementary Arabic II (8)
GER 101 AND GER 102: Elementary German (G) (8)
SPA 101 AND SPA 102: Elementary Spanish (8)


Thematic Track Electives (choose three courses) - 9 credit hours
Students choose one course in three of five thematic tracks. Available tracks include history, humanities, literature, religious studies and social studies. At least six credit hours must be upper-division course work.  (9)

Upper-Division Electives - 6 credit hours
Students choose upper-division electives from any of the thematic track course lists (the electives may be from any combination of thematic tracks).  (6)

Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.