Program Overview

Gratz College offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Jewish Studies program that may provide students with their first credential in Jewish Studies. The program is designed to strengthen the student’s Jewish literacy and advance their understanding of Jewish history, religion, and heritage. All of the courses may be completed online. However, there are also campus-based courses for students interested in a more traditional class format. The program welcomes the enrollment of professionals and community members that plan to work within synagogues, Jewish schools, and cultural organizations.

The program has a variety of goals for students during their time at Gratz College. The courses aim to deliver an education that provides a broad background in Jewish Studies. This broad Jewish education allows students to make their own contributions to Jewish life. The program also promotes interactive classroom discussions between students and instructors in order to explore Jewish values and Jewish life. The program provides many learning opportunities and the means for students to lead their own research within specific areas of Jewish Studies.

The program requires students to complete eight courses for a total of 24 credits in order to graduate from the program. The eight classes are distributed into three Modern Jewish Studies, three Classical Jewish Studies, and two Jewish Studies Elective courses.

The Jewish Studies Electives present to students the opportunity to customize their course schedule in order to pursue specific interests. Electives offer education within a variety of topics such as Jewish history, midrash, Jewish Bible interpretation, and American Jewish community.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Graduates of an Israeli high school should submit an official teudat bagrut or teudat g’mar
    Academic recommendation
    Personal recommendation

    School Overview

    Dedicated to its Jewish heritage, non-profit Gratz College aims to serve as a “vital force for Jewish education” by “training teachers and leaders” worldwide with the means of innovative technology. The school was founded in Pennsylvania in 1895 and has continued to promote Jewish studies by offering bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, both professional and nonprofessional, in addition to degrees in education, and certificates of study specializing in fields of Holocaust and Genocide, Jewish education, music and communal studies. Typical programs, like the Jewish Studies or Jewish Education degrees offer the option of in-house, online, or blended learning.


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