Ohio University

Jewish Studies Certificate

  • Opportunity to learn about Jewish history, culture, and literature
  • Three basic courses and sampling from five areas

Faculty Contact: Dr. Miriam Shadis

Admissions Information

Certificate Requirements

Program Overview

The Jewish Studies Certificate provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge about Jewish history, culture, and literature. The program brings together a number of disciplines (history, classics and world religions, English, Jewish studies, and political science).

Students will take one of three basic courses (in biblical literature or Jewish history) and then a sampling of courses offered in five different areas, with at least one course in four of the five areas.

Careers and Graduate School

The graduates with this certificate will have an increased knowledge about Jewish history, culture, and literature.

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Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: To apply for the certificate, a student should go to his or her college office, ask for an "Application for Update of Program" form, fill it out, including the program code CTJWST, and bring the form to the certificate coordinator.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate code CTJWST

Minor Hours Requirement

The Jewish studies certificate program requires a minimum of 18 hours.

Required Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • CLWR 3310 - Old Testament Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3281 - Jewish History Since 1492 Credit Hours: 3

Complete one course from four of the five areas:

Classics and World Religions

May complete one of the following courses:

  • CLAS 2510
  • CLAR 2130 - Near Eastern and Egyptian Archaeology Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAS 2530 - Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAS 2540 - Rome Under the Caesars Credit Hours: 3
  • CLWR 3610 - American Religions Credit Hours: 3

English

May complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3040 - English Bible Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3240 - Jewish American Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3340 - Israeli Literature Credit Hours: 3

History

May complete one of the following courses:

  • HIST 3290 - Ancient Near East: Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Levant Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3371 - Middle East History 1500 to the present Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3532 - History of the Crusades Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3562 - Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the History of Medieval Spain Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3770 - The Holocaust Credit Hours: 3

Political Science

May complete one of the following courses:

  • POLS 1500 - Themes in Global Politics Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 2500 - International Relations Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 4580 - Introduction to War and its Causes Credit Hours: 3

Other Courses

May complete one of the following courses:

  • JS 1000 - Introduction to Jewish Studies Credit Hours: 3
  • JS 2100 - History of Jewish Humor Credit Hours: 3