Course Descriptions

Certificate Requirements (20 units)

Jewish Studies Courses (9 units)

All students are required to complete one of the following courses (3 units)

  • JDST 600 – Biblical Literature and Civilization
  • JDST 585 – Jewish Law and Ethics
  • JDST 680 – Rabbinic History and Literature
  • JDST 630 – The Jews in the Middle Ages
  • JDST 631 – The Jews in the Modern World
  • JDST 666 – Introduction to Jewish Thought and Mysticism

All Students are required to complete one course in Contemporary Jewish Studies (3 units)

  • JDST 563 – Contemporary Jewish Ethics: Reshaping the Jewish Identity in Our Generation
  • JDST 610 – Diaspora Jewish Communities
  • JDST 611 – American Judaism
  • JDST 671 – The History and Dynamics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Professional Courses (9 units)

All students are required to complete the following course (3 units)

  • JDST 615 – Understanding the American Jewish Community or equivalent course

Students select at least one of the following (3 or 6 units)

  • JCS 612 – Strategic Management of Jewish Organizations: Material Resources
  • JCS 613 – Leadership of Jewish Communal Institutions: Principles of Change and Organizational Behavior
  • JDST 710 – Principles of Jewish Communal Service
  • JDST 711 – Management of Human Services: Leadership and Supervision

Students select at least one of the following (3 units)

  • JDST 531 – Anti-Semitism and the Shoah
  • JDST 639 – Black-Jewish Relations: Cooperation and Conflict
  • JDST 563/363 – Contemporary Jewish Ethics: Reshaping Jewish Identity in our Generation
  • JDST 587/387 – The Object is the Object: A Study of Jewish Ceremonial Objects

Students are required to attend JCS 614 Practicum Seminar (1 unit) and submit a final project (1 unit)