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University of Pittsburgh    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 13, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Jewish Studies Certificate

The Jewish Studies Program is open to all students interested in the Hebrew language and the history and culture of the Jewish people and their contributions to Western civilization. In the historical courses, emphasis is on the interaction of the Jewish people with their neighbors, as well as the development of distinctive cultural and religious values. A certificate program is offered, and interdisciplinary studies options can be arranged to include courses in this program. Information is also available on opportunities for intensive study in Israel. The program in Jewish studies offers undergraduates the opportunity to supplement work in their own department or major with an interdisciplinary course of study in the area of Jewish studies. Completion of the certificate program fulfills the Arts and Sciences requirement for a related area (although students should check with their major departments) and will be indicated on the transcript.


The certificate requires 18 credits. A maximum of nine credits may be transferred from another institution, subject to the DietrichSchool of Arts and Sciences policy. Credits are to be distributed as follows.

Elementary Hebrew courses are optional.

Required Hebrew course

Upper-level Jewish Studies courses

Students must complete six credits in Jewis Studies Program courses at the 1000-level.

Jewish Studies elective courses

Students may take up to nine credits in any other Jewis Studies Program courses.

Comparative Religious Studies course

Students must take at least one course in the Department of Religious Studies that treats a religious tradition other than Judaism.

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