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Judaic Studies (Certificate NDP) 
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Arizona Center for Judaic Studies -

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at The University of Arizona first began as the Judaic Studies Program in 1975.  Today, the Center has a diverse selection of courses in Jewish studies and a Hebrew language program that offers both Modern and Biblical Hebrew.  Our expertise in Judaic languages, history, religion, and culture provide a deep understanding of Jews and Judaism on their own terms through time and across cultures.  The Center seeks to explore people in all their marvelous diversity, as individuals, within their own communities and within their larger societies.  Our goal is to enrich the life of our community by offering scholarship and professional advising on one of the oldest and most influential civilizations in human history.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Martha J Castleberry
Graduate Program Coordinator
Martha J Castleberry
Director of Graduate Studies
Beth Alpert Nakhai
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
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Admissions Requirements

Graduate Certificate students must possess a baccalaureate degree and must meet all University of Arizona Graduate College requirements. Concurrent enrollment in a degree program is allowed, but no more than six (6) units from that other degree program may be applied to this Certificate Program. Up to six (6) previously earned credits may be transferred from UA graduate courses taken under Non-Degree Status or from graduate courses taken at another accredited university or college. These credits may not have been earned more than two years prior to admission into the Graduate Certificate Program. The Graduate Program Director must approve all transfer courses, once they have been approved by UA Admissions and/or the Graduate College.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s):
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Minimum TOEFL: 0
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Financial Aid

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies does not currently offer scholarships for Graduate Certificate students.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: February 22
  • Spring: July 5

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 29
  • Spring: June 26
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 7511

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 15

Required course (3 units):

JUS 596A Core Seminar: Approaches to Jewish Studies

Elective coursework (12 units):

JUS 505 Classical Aramaic
GER 506 Representing the "Other"
JUS 509A Biblical Hebrew (semester 1)
JUS 509B Biblical Hebrew (semester 2)
JUS 518 Historiography: The Annals of the Arab Israeli Conflict
JUS 526 The History of Heaven
GER 512 Minority Discourses
JUS 535 Jewish Mysticism
JUS 538 The Book of Psalms
JUS 547 Women in Ancient Israel
JUS 552 Israeli Women
JUS 553 Advanced Biblical Hebrew (two semesters)
JUS 554 Spanish Inquisition
MENA 556 Jews of the Islamic World in the Modern Period: 1840-present
MENA 563 Gender Issues in Modern Middle Eastern Studies
MENA 584 History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: 1800-present
MENA 590 Women and the Literature of Identity in the Middle East/North Africa
JUS 595G Judaic Studies
JUS 596W Feminist Approaches to the Bible
GWS 5/610 Seminar in Early Modern Studies: Theories and Methods-Gender and Women in Early Modern Europe
HIST 5/696F Seminar in Early Modern Europe: The Jews of Early Modern Europe
JUS 596G Theories and Methods in Jewish Studies

Language requirements: Students are encouraged to complete a minimum of one year of Modern Hebrew taken at the undergraduate level or Aramaic taken at the graduate level.
Other requirements: Student Learning Outcomes
*knowledge beyond the baccalaureate level about Jewish Culture in its various dimensions; historical, religious, ethnic, material, literary, linguistic, and more
*ability to understand sophisticated research approaches within Judaic Studies, to manage their complexity and to be aware of their epistemological evolution
*preparation for more advanced graduate work in which students will explore Judaic Studies issues in their masters theses and doctoral dissertations at The University of Arizona or elsewhere
*contextualize the discipline of Judaic Studies, notably in conjunction with contemporary ethinic, religious and diversity issues
*ability to use Judaic Studies as a specialization or concentration in disciplinary area studies such as Political Science, History and Philosophy, and in interdisciplinary area studies such as German Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Religious Studies and Near Eastern Studies
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Last revised 23 Jun 2016