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University of Pittsburgh    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2024
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Jewish Studies Certificate

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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 9 credits may be transferred from another institution, including study abroad. Credits are to be distributed as follows:

  • JS 0025 - INTERMEDIATE HEBREW 3  or higher (3 credits)
  • Jewish studies: Two 1000-level courses selected from the inventory of Jewish Studies courses offered at the University of Pittsburgh (6 credits)
  • JS 1901 - INDEPENDENT STUDY  (3 credits)
  • One course from any of the above categories (3 credits)

Those interested in graduate study are strongly urged to acquire a knowledge of Hebrew and either French or German. Students should consult with the advisor in the Jewish Studies Program in order to register their interest in the certificate program and to plan their course of study, including the choice of an appropriate independent study project.

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