Jewish Studies Certificate

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Distribution of Credits

1) HEBREW: 1 Hebrew course (4 credits) at level of Hebrew 2 or above

2) JEWISH STUDIES COURSES: 3 courses (9-10 credits) in Jewish Studies; 1 of these can be a Hebrew language course.

(A non-JS course that has significant JS content can count for one of these with approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.)

3) CAPSTONE: 3 credits of a capstone project, additional advanced coursework, or experiential learning through one of the following: 

  • JS 1900 Internship
  • JS 1903 Directed Research
  • JS 1904 Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship
  • JS 1905 Undergraduate Research Assistantship
  • advanced work in Hebrew at Hebrew 5 or beyond 
  • Submission of a capstone research paper on a JS topic. With permission of the JS advisor, you can submit a capstone paper that was written for your major or a different certificate.

4) PORTFOLIO ESSAY: 1 credit of JS 1901 Independent Study taken in 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.

Total credits: 16-20 depending on initial Hebrew placement (Hebrew 1 and Hebrew 2 are each 5 credits)


  • at least 9 credits must be taken at Pitt 
  • no credits for the certificate may be taken pass/fail except JS 1900, JS 1904, JS 1905, which are traditionally on a credit/fail basis
  • placement in Hebrew for attainment of certificate based on written test and an oral interview


Director of Jewish Studies
Professor Rachel Kranson