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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.


Certificate requirements include:

  • Completing three graduate-level courses on a topic related to Jewish studies. Students are encouraged to enroll in a JWST 697 Capstone Course as one of the 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.


NOTE: This program is only for students enrolled at Carolina and working on a graduate degree; it is not offered online or as a stand-alone certificate or to anyone not enrolled as a graduate student at Carolina.


To submit information for earning the certificate, please email the following details to Karen Gajewski, executive director:

  • Full name, email, phone, UNC home department, expected completion date, and faculty advisor(s) name(s).
  • Details on specific requirements including your research focus/topic and a list all Jewish studies courses that you’ve completed or plan to take for this certificate. In addition, 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 and next steps.