Jewish Studies


Gain a deeper understanding of Jewish history and religion, Jewish interactions with majority cultures, and the Jewish contribution to contemporary society, and enhance your historical and cultural appreciation for Jews and Judaism through this globally focused program.



Program Description

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 certificate 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.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No





Program Requirements

Incompatible Majors: BA in Jewish studies

Students wishing to pursue the certificate in Jewish studies must consult with an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and make a formal declaration of intent through the submission of the certificate in Jewish studies application.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

To complete the certificate in Jewish studies, a student must successfully complete 21 credit hours in approved Jewish studies with a grade no lower than a "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) in any course. At least 12 credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level. Students should declare the Jewish studies certificate as early as possible in their program of study with an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Curriculum requirements include the following:

  1. completion of at least two semesters of Hebrew language or equivalent approved courses
  2. one Jewish studies course in three of the following five areas:
    • history
    • humanities
    • literature
    • religious studies
    • social studies
  3. two courses of the student's choice in any Jewish studies-related subject

Students petition for receipt of the certificate by notifying the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies advising center upon completion of courses.

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







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