Link to WesMaps Courses

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. Please consult WesMaps for course offerings.
    • The methods seminar course CJST313/HIST313 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 studies 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).

Please consult the director of the Center for Jewish Studies, Dalit Katz, with any questions regarding the requirements and/or the Certificate in Jewish and Israel Studies.