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Graduate Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan is a comprehensive course of study for Ph.D. students in LS&A departments and professional schools across campus who want to acquire an interdisciplinary grounding in their area of expertise through organized interactions with graduate students and faculty in other areas. The Certificate builds upon the graduate courses offered by faculty affiliated with the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and integrates them into a coherent cluster.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a printed graduate certificate from the Rackham Graduate School as well as formal recognition on their University of Michigan transcripts.

Graduate Program Requirements

This program requires fifteen (15) credits of course work that will provide multidisciplinary perspectives on Jewish Studies consisting of the following:

Pro-Seminar Course

The mandatory core introductory course, JUDAIC 601: Introduction to Methods and Topics in Jewish Studies introduces students to the various questions, texts, methodologies, and perspectives that constitute the broad field of Jewish studies. It ranges from antiquity to the modern period, reading Biblical and rabbinic texts, as well as medieval and modern ones. The focus is on interactions between Jews and others: on the ways in which Jews have understood themselves in relation to the societies in which they lived, the peoples with whom they interacted, the languages they acquired. (3 credits)

Capstone Research Course

The mandatory capstone research course, JUDAIC 890, requires a student to carry out a culminating research project in Jewish studies that reflects an interdisciplinary perspective. The product can be a dissertation chapter, a master’s thesis, or a substantive paper, and will normally be subject to approval by the student’s Judaic Studies advisor and by the Graduate Student Advisor. As part of JUDAIC 890, the student will present the work in at least one public forum, such as a lecture or brown-bag. (3 credits)

Breadth Requirement

Three (3) additional graduate-level courses are required from among those offered by Judaic Studies faculty. At least one of these must be in a field outside of the student’s primary department. Up to six (6) of the fifteen (15) credits may include courses that are required for the student’s graduate or professional degree. 

Language Requirement

Students will be expected to have reading knowledge of at least one Jewish language. Proficiency will be measured via testing or the completion of language instruction through the 200-level (e.g., Yiddish 202, HJCS 202). These include Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian. Documentation of this status will be provided by Judaic Studies, and certified by the Judaic Studies Graduate Student Advisor. Credits earned from language instruction will not be applied to the certificate’s 15-credit requirement.