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Jewish Studies

Department of Humanities

262 Vanier College
Tel.: 416-736-2100 Ext. 33499
Program Description:

The Program in Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Humanities that brings together courses and members of York’s faculties whose focus is the exceptionally diverse subject areas that Jewish studies, as an academic discipline, encompasses.
In addition to Judaism as a religion, Jewish studies explores the texts, histories, cultures, sociologies, languages and fine arts of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present, locating these within the context of the many western and non-western civilizations in which Jews have lived. It also examines Jewish interactions with non-Jews over the ages, both cooperative and conflictual, elements of cultural symbiosis, evolving attitudes towards and images of Jews within various non-Jewish cultures, and the history of anti-semitism, including the Holocaust.
All the while, Jewish studies explores the Jewish experience with a view to understanding the human situation in its diversity and complexity.

Certificates Offered

Advanced Certificate in Hebrew and Jewish Studies - Certificate Requirements

Department of Humanties

York University students may earn an Advanced Certificate in Hebrew and Jewish Studies concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in Hebrew and Jewish studies.
Graduating with a certificate: except where otherwise stated, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.00 is required to satisfy certificate requirements. Students must also submit application to graduate from a certificate program. Applications should be obtained from and filed with the unit administering the certificate program. Transcript notation that the requirements for a certificate have been completed will be made once the Registrar’s Office has received notice from the unit administering the program. Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program if they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree and a certificate program. The Faculty does not award certificates retroactively. Refer to the Academic Standards section for details of the undergraduate certificate minimum standards.
To qualify for the Advanced Certificate in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, students must complete 36 credits from the list of approved courses including:
  • 12 credits in Hebrew language or literature offered in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics;
  • and 24 additional credits in the areas of Hebrew language and literature and/or Jewish studies.

The cumulative grade point average in all 36 credits must be at least 5.00 (C+).

No more than 18 of these credits may be taken at another university. At least 18 credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level.

For a comprehensive list of all approved courses, please check
Jewish Studies Website

Additional information is available in the Office of the Centre for Jewish Studies, 763 York Research Tower, 416-736-5823 or the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, South 561 Ross, 416-736-5016.

Degrees Offered

Jewish Studies (BA) Degree Requirements
  • Specialized Honours BA: 120 Credits
  • Honours BA: 120 Credits
  • Honours Double Major BA
  • Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA
  • Honours Major/Minor BA
  • Honours Minor BA
  • BA: 90 Credits

Course Listing

Course Listings Timetables Summer 2017
Course Listings Timetables Fall/Winter 2017-2018