JIS

Certificate in Jewish and Israel Studies

The Certificate program offers undergraduate students a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary training in Jewish and Israel Studies. Over a three-year cycle, courses are offered in various departments and in a number of academic areas including Jewish religion, Jewish history and culture, Israel studies, and Jewish letters. The certificate program gives students an opportunity to forge coherence in that large part of the curriculum that falls outside the major.

The program requires students to take seven courses in a sequence that includes two required gateway courses, Hebrew, a distribution of more advanced classes, and a capstone seminar on theory and methodology.

Courses are grouped into four pathways (clearly labeled in WesMaps):
• History of the Jewish People
• Jewish Literature and Culture
• Israel Studies
• Religion of the Jewish People

Courses required for the Certificate:

• Two gateway courses – one in the Religion Department and another in the History Department.

HIST161 Sarnoff to Seinfeld: American Jews and the Television Age
HIST247 Jewish History: From Biblical Israel to Diaspora Jews
RELI204 Judaism(s): Religion, Power, and Identity in Jewish History
CJST210 Jews & America
CJST213 Gender in Jewish History
CJST244 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament): From Canaan to Canon
CJST278 American Jewish Humor
CJST306 Overlapping Spheres: Jewish Life in Early Modern Europe

• The methods seminar course CJST 313 (HIST 313): Performing Jewish Studies: Theory, Method, and Models, offered every other year to allow candidates for the Certificate to take the course in either their junior or senior year.

• At least four additional courses, of which no more than two can be taken in one department. Hebrew language is the exception for students pursuing the Israel Studies pathway and counting two Hebrew credits toward the Certificate. The four courses can be chosen from a wide array of courses included the Certificate Program and listed in Wesmaps.

Candidates for the Certificate are strongly encouraged to study Hebrew. Up to two of the Hebrew courses can be included among the seven courses required for the certificate. However, if students pursue the Israel Sturdies pathway, they will be required to demonstrate their proficiency of Hebrew or take at least two years of the language (the two second-year credits will count toward the Certificate).