Hebrew & Jewish Studies: Advanced

Hebrew & Jewish Studies: Advanced

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Certificates allow you to complete a specific group of university courses (for credit) as either part of your degree studies or separately. Additional details on certificates are available here.

Hebrew is one of the major languages belonging to the family of Semitic languages which also includes Aramaic, Syriac, Ethiopic, Ugaritic, Edomitic, Arabic, and Phoenician. It is one of the oldest languages in the world, having been spoken from about 1200 BCE to the present day in Israel. It has had an enormous impact on Western culture most particularly through what is commonly called the Old Testament but otherwise known as the Tanach or Hebrew Scriptures.

Jewish Studies offers an opportunity to study the development of Jewish civilization from its origins to the present. Subjects are designed to explore the Jewish experience from a range of disciplines - history, literature, archaeology, philosophy, ethnography and social theory, together with study options in classical and modern Hebrew language.

You can take advantage of the Multimedia Language Centre (MLC) of York University, located in S117 Ross, a resource centre dedicated to supporting students who are enrolled in programs of study of language, literature and linguistics.

Who can take it?

This certificate is open to the following applicants:

  1. current York students, or
  2. new students to York who already hold a university degree in a discipline other than Hebrew & Jewish Studies.

How to apply

Certificate information, application instructions and links to application forms can be found on the Department of Humanities, Jewish Studies website.

  1. If you are a current York student, contact the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies to find out about admissibility requirements and the application process.
  2. If you are a new applicant to York and already have a university degree in a discipline other than Hebrew & Jewish Studies, you must ensure first that you meet the minimum requirements for admission to the University by applying through the Office of Admissions. You would then also make a separate inquiry to the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies as noted in item 1 above.

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Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

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Concurrent, Consecutive

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