Jewish Studies (Certificate)

At a Glance: program details

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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.

Program Requirements

The certificate in Jewish studies requires a minimum of 21 credit hours in approved coursework. 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.
Language Requirement -- 6 credit hours
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 coursework. (9)
Religious Studies
Social Studies
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).
Upper Division Certificate Electives (6)
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

Incompatible Majors: BA in Jewish studies

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.

Career Outlook

Students become more marketable to employers when they complement their major program of study with an undergraduate certificate.

Through a certificate in Jewish studies, students gain a familiarity of Jewish culture which gives them a competitive edge when they pursue a career with one of the hundreds of U.S. companies that do business in Israel.

These students are also prepared to:

  • attend rabbinic seminary in preparation for becoming a rabbi or chaplain
  • engage in world political and economic issues
  • pursue advanced education in Jewish professional service fields

The certificate also provides a foundation for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees or careers related to their area of interest in fields that may include archeology, history, justice studies, journalism, law and international relations. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Community Health Workers

  • Growth: 14.1%
  • Median Salary*: 46190
  Bright Outlook

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
  Bright Outlook

News Analysts, Reporters and Journalists

  • Growth: -3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 55960

Political Scientists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
  Bright Outlook

Directors, Religious Activities and Education

  • Growth: -0.2%
  • Median Salary*: 49380

Social and Community Service Managers

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: 74240
  Bright Outlook

Supply Chain Managers

  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 98560
  Bright Outlook

Interpreters and Translators

  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: 53640

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.4%
  • Median Salary*: 76030

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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