A certificate or minor in Jewish civilization allows undergraduates to obtain an interdisciplinary perspective on Judaism and the Jewish people with a special emphasis on Jewish civilization and its interrelationship with other cultures.
Open to students of both the School of Foreign Service and Georgetown College*, this is a program for individuals from all religious backgrounds. It is appropriate for those with either a strong background in Judaism or none at all.
Applicants are required to complete an application form. Applications should be brought to the PJC office.
It is recommended that candidates submit their applications by the end of spring semester their sophomore year. However, applications are accepted at any time.
*Minor candidates: please be aware that you will also need to fill out a “declaration of minor” form. See your dean for details.
Required Core Courses
Students must successfully complete the following courses:
INAF-199: Introduction to Jewish Civilization
This course provides a foundation for the study of Jewish civilization and is required of all certificate and minor candidates, preferably upon entering the program.
INAF-443: Senior Colloquium
Seniors must participate in a colloquium offered during the spring semester while writing their senior thesis.
Senior Essay: Students are required to write an essay of 25-30 pages on a topic related to Jewish civilization, prepared under the supervision of a faculty member associated with the Program for Jewish Civilization, the Visiting Professor of Jewish Civilization, Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor, or if appropriate special permission may be granted by the program director for another Georgetown faculty member to serve as essay advisor. Upon completion, seniors will make a presentation of their research at the annual senior thesis colloquium, where a prize is awarded to the outstanding paper.
Students must take a minimum of four electives from the following areas.
Humanities: minimum of one course
Social Science: minimum of one course
Hebrew Language (not required): any level; maximum of two courses
Additional electives may be approved by the program director, but must make a significant contribution to the understanding of Jewish civilization.
*Minor and Certifcate Candidates: please note that courses may not be “double-counted” toward certain majors - you should meet with your dean to confirm whether or not this applies to your major.