Link to WesMaps Courses

The certificate program offers undergraduates training in the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary ways that Jewish and Israel studies are taught across the curriculum at Wesleyan. Over a three-year cycle, courses are offered in various departments and in a number of academic areas including Jewish religion, Jewish history, Israel studies, and Jewish letters. The certificate program is not a major or a minor in any one department or program. Rather, the program is an opportunity for students 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 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)

Students pursuing the certificate will be required to take

  • HIST247 Jewish History: From Biblical Israel to Diaspora Jews
  • HIST248 Jewish History: From Spanish Expulsion to Jon Stewart
  • HIST267 Out of the Schetl: Jews in Eastern Europe
  • RELI201 The Bible and Its Worlds: The Hebrew Bible-Old Testament in the Ancient and Modern Imagination
  • RELI204 Judaisms
  • RELI233 The People of the Book: Jewish Cultures and Jewish Canons
  • At least four additional courses, no more than two of which can be taken in one department, with the exceptions of Hebrew, if students are pursuing the Israel studies pathway and counting two Hebrew language credits toward the certificate. The four courses can be chosen from a wide array of courses included in the certificate program and listed in Wesmaps.
  • The capstone seminar course RELI396: Performing Jewish Studies: Theory, Method, and Models, offered every other spring to allow candidates for the certificate to take the course in either their junior or senior year.

Candidates for the certificate are encouraged to study Hebrew or another foreign language relevant to their program. 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.

Students can enroll in this certificate program at any point in their undergraduate career. To receive the certificate, students must maintain a B+ average in courses in the program.

Interested students should contact  the director of the Center for Jewish, Dalit Katz (dkatz01@wesleyan.edu).