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annegretO.web_.vsm_Carolina’s Jewish Studies certificate program for graduate students is the first of its kind at any college or university in North Carolina. The program is available to degree seeking graduate students studying in the  humanities and social sciences at Carolina. It includes opportunities for graduate students to explore Jewish languages,  culture, literature and history in both their coursework and research endeavors.

NOTE: The requirements for the certificate have recently changed, per certificate policy updates made by UNC Graduate School (fall 2021). Below please find the current requirements.



Certificate requirements include:

  • Completing three graduate-level courses on a topic related to Jewish studies.
  • Completing a JWST 697 Capstone Course in Jewish studies [offered each year]. This counts as one of your Jewish studies courses.
  • Submitting a major seminar paper or a section of a broader thesis or dissertation on a topic related to Jewish studies.
  • Demonstrating relevant language skills either by taking advanced language courses or by using primary language texts in a major research project.


Click here to see course offerings.


To submit information for earning the Certificate, please email the following details to:

Full Name

UNC Home Department
Expected Completion Date
Faculty Advisor(s) Name(s)

Research Focus/Topic
JWST Capstone Course completed
List all Jewish studies courses that you’ve completed or plan to take for this certificate
List your language Skills [Biblical Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, Yiddish, other]


Once you’ve submitted your information, we will be in touch with any questions, approval status, so forth.