What is Judaic Studies?
Judaic Studies is the academic study of Jewish civilization, past and present. Judaic Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field bringing together scholars trained in multiple fields in the humanities and social sciences. It is a remarkably broad field, with a history spanning from biblical time to the present day, and geographically the world over. The key elements Judaic Studies include the study of the Jewish religion; the study of the languages; Jewish history and literature; Jewish thought and society.
Judaism is a central building block of Western Civilization and students of Judaic Studies gain insight into their own civilization. Further: students of Judaic Studies gain insights into the vital issues of diversity by studying the history and culture of a global minority, which faced some of the harshest persecutions in recorded history.
The Department of Judaic Studies will make Jewish heritages, texts, history available, relevant and meaningful to students at all levels and backgrounds.
The Graduate Certificate in Judaic Studies is a 15-credit program providing students with a broad introduction to graduate learning and research in the field of Judaic Studies. The certificate is structured to be completed within a single academic year. Upon completion of the program participants will receive a printed graduate certificate from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.
The Certificate serves a diverse student body
- It offers a transition year for college graduates seeking to apply to Masters and Ph.D. programs in fields directly related to Judaic Studies.
- For graduate students already in such a Masters or Ph.D. program, the Certificate includes training for teaching introductory courses in Judaic Studies to undergraduates.
- For local professionals and graduate students in other fields, the Certificate offers accredited professional development and expertise in a specific subject area through graduate level courses in Judaic Studies
Successful candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Judaic Studies come from a wide variety of backgrounds and skills. They demonstrate the core abilities and skills required in many liberal arts disciplines: academic focus, intellectual curiosity, love of reading, the ability to develop high-level critical thinking skills. A B.A. in Judaic Studies, or other form of Jewish learning, is a major advantage, but is not obligatory. In particular, the Graduate Certificate in Judaic studies is suited to graduates who wish to study Judaism in its religious, historical, literary and cultural contexts, and to integrate Jewish learning and knowledge in their work. The program welcomes students of all backgrounds - field biology students do not need to be mice and Judaic Studies students do not need to be Jewish!
The Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit program providing students with a broad introduction to graduate learning and research in the field of Judaic Studies. There are two required courses:
- JUDC6097 Introduction to Graduate Research in Judaic Studies (credit: 3)
- JUDC7035 Foundations of Judaism (credit: 4)
Additionally student will take three elective courses form one of four content areas:
- History, Politics, and Culture
- Literature, Language and Film
- Bible and Rabbinics
- Philosophy, Thought and Theory.
Electives may be taken from both institutions.
Bible and Rabbinics
Students may take 3 of the following courses which do not have c-1 forms because they are offered by HUC: (HUC)BIB-401 Introduction to Biblical Prose* (HUC)HEB-402 Reading for Meaning: A Study of the grammar, syntax, idiomatic expressions and other linguistic features of the Hebrew Bible* (HUC)HEB-403 Continuation of 402* (HUC)BIB-402 Biblical Poetry* (HUC)BIB-518 Biblical Narratives* (HUC)BIB-553 Biblical Laws* (HUC)BIB-557 Prophets and Prophecy* (HUC)BIB-613 Song of Songs* (HUC)BIB-615 Dead Sea Scrolls* (HUC)HLT-530 Reading Apocalyptic Literature* (UC)JUDC-4005 The Bible and the Ancient World (HUC)AMA-510 Introduction to Aramaic* (HUC)AMA-509 Jewish Aramaic and Introduction to Syriac* (HUC)HEB-502 Introduction to Rabbinic Hebrew* (HUC)RAB-401 Introduction to Rabbinical Literature: Early Rabbinical Literature and Thought (HUC)RAB-591 Tzedakah: Halakhah* (HUC)MID-401 Introduction to Midrashic Literature and Practice* (HUC)MID-501 Non-halakhic Midrashic Literature* (HUC)TAL-401 Introduction to Talmudic Literature: Readings from Seder Mo'ed dealing with the cycle of the Jewish year* (HUC)PTH-401 Post Talmudic Halakhic Literature: The nature of the halakhic process and the methodology of the most prominent post-Talmud poskim* (HUC)LIT-401 Introduction to Jewish Liturgy: A study of the content, theology, historical development, and phenomenology of Jewish liturgy (HUC)COM-401 An introduction to the Mikra'ot Gedolot (HUC)HEB-577 Hebrew Manuscripts* (HUC)HEB-503 Modern Scholarly Hebrew* (HUC)URG-501 Introduction to Ugaritic* (HUC)AKK-501 Introduction to Akkadian* (HUC)AKK-503 Akkadian Texts* (HUC)AKK-516 Advanced Akkadian*
|JUDC4087||The Book of Job and the Problem of Evil||3|
|JUDC4005||The Bible and the Ancient World||3|
|JUDC6097||Introduction to Graduate Research in Judaic Studies||3|
|JUDC7035||Foundations of Judaism||4|
History, Politics and Culture
Students must take 3 courses from this content area. Also in this content area are the following courses from HUC which do not have c-1 forms: (HUC)HLT-7010 Josephus, Contra Apion* (HUC)HEB-579 Jews of Iraq (HUC)HIS-701 History of Reform Judaism from its Origins to the Present (HUC)HIS-548 Ch American Jewish Theology Doc Fil
|HIST7052||Topics in the History of the Islamic World||4|
|CLAS7003||Problems in Early Jewish and Christian History and Literature||4|
|JUDC6011||Special Topics in Judaic Studies: History and Culture||1 - 6|
Literature, Language & Film
3 courses may chosen from this area. The following courses without C-1 forms offered by HUC are included in this area: (HUC)HEB-701 Hebrew Literature: Surveys Genres of Hebrew Literature, Twelfth to the twentieth centuries* (HUC)HEB-778 Hebrew Short Story
|JUDC2011||Second Year Hebrew 1||3|
|JUDC3031||Advanced Hebrew Conversation and Composition||3|
|ENGL7050||Studies in Diasporic Literature and Nationalism||3|
|JUDC6005||History of the Jewish Book||3|
|ENGC8066||Problems in Diasporic Studies||3|
|ENGC7076||Approches to Biblical Literature||3|
|JUDC6075||Jewish Women Writers||3|
|JUDC6012||Special Topics in Judaic Studies: Literature, Art,and Film||1 - 6|
|ENGC7066||Approaches to Diasporic Studies||3|
|JUDC2012||Second Year Hebrew 2||3|
|JUDC3032||Advanced Hebrew Conversation and Composition||3|
Philosophy, Thought and Theory
3 courses may selected from this area. The following courses in this area offered by UC and HUC do not have c-1 forms: JUDC 60650 Judaic Studies Tour (HUC)THE-401 Belief and Practice (HUC)PHI-401 Medieval Jewish Philosophy (HUC)PHI-402 Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought (HUC)THE-524 Hassidism (HUC)THE-525 Messianism (HUC)RAB-641 Rabbis as Holy Men (HUC)THE-525 Religious Literature of Exclusion (HUC-LA)
|JUDC6013||Special Topics in Judaic Studies: Thought and Philosophy||1 - 6|
|JUDC7008||Freud and Judaism||3|
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
The Graduate Certificate in Judaic Studies is the product of a very unique partnership between UC and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The University of Cincinnati is one of America's top 25 public research institutions and the region's largest employer, with a diverse student population of 41,000. The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (founded in 1875) is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. The HUC campus houses both the American Jewish Archives, and the Klau Library is one of the most extensive Jewish libraries in the world. Courses may be taken from both institutions. The combination of these two neighboring institutions affords an ideal setting for integrating graduate level work with undergraduate pedagogy.
The required submission materials are:
(a) Letter of intent (personal statement letter) (b) Recommendation letters (submitted online) (c) Grades (GPA , transcripts, and test scores).
Students have the option of submitting a sample of written work, which will be read and taken into consideration by the application's reviewers. Finally, students will be invited to an interview.
NOTE: the Graduate Certificate in Judaic Studies admits news students both in the Fall and the Spring Semesters (though Fall Semester is the default).
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Degree in Judaic Studies
Full-Time Program Duration
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