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University of Pittsburgh    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Sep 26, 2022
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Jewish Studies Certificate

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The Jewish Studies Certificate 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. Information is also available on opportunities for intensive study in Israel. The Jewish Studies certificate offers undergraduates the opportunity to supplement work in their chosen majors with an interdisciplinary course of study.


The certificate requires 16 to 20 credits, dependent upon initial Hebrew language placement. The credits are distributed as follows.

Required Hebrew courses

Students must complete at least one course (three credits) in Hebrew languate at Hebrew 2 or above. JS 0013 - ELEMENTARY HEBREW 1  does not count toward the certificate, but it is a requirement for enrolling in JS 0014 - ELEMENTARY HEBREW 2 .

Jewish Studies courses

Students must complete at least three Jewish Studies courses. One of these courses can be a Hebrew language course. A non-JS course that has significant Jewish Studies content can count for one of the three courses with approved from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Capstone course

At least one course (three credits) in a capstone project, additional advanced coursework, or experiential learning through one of the following courses.

Portfolio Essay and Independent Study

One credit of JS 1901 - INDEPENDENT STUDY  taken in the final semester of work for certificate (can be concurrent with capstone) in which student develops reflective essay and portfolio of work in Jewish Studies under direction of certificate advisor.

Grade Requirements

Grade Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in each course that counts toward the certificate.

Satisfactory/No Credit Option

No courses that count toward the certificate may be taken on the Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC) basis except for JS 1900 , JS 1904 , and JS 1905 .

Other Requirements and Restrictions

At least nine credits must be taken at Pitt. Placement in Hebrew to count toward the certificate is based on a written test and an oral interview.

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