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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.
  • Completing a JWST 697 Capstone Course in Jewish studies [offered each year]. This counts as one of your Jewish studies courses. If you are unable to take JWST 697, please contact us to discuss options.
  • 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 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, JWST Capstone Course enrollment, 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, so forth.