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 antisemitism, 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.
The Undergraduate Program in Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Humanities. It brings together courses and members of York's faculties whose focus is the exceptionally diverse subject areas that Jewish Studies encompasses as an academic discipline.
We are pleased to offer several options to our students:
- BA Program
- Honours BA Program
- Specialized Honours BA Program
- Honours (Double Major) BA Program
- Honours (Major/Minor) BA Program
To learn more about program admission and degree requirements, please visit the Jewish Studies program page.
Undergraduate Certificate Programs are composed of courses which have been approved for credit in an undergraduate degree program. This certificate recognizes student achievement in courses that are cross-disciplinary in nature but which have thematic coherence in the area of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Students may count towards this certificate credits that they are also counting towards a Bachelor of Arts degree. For additional information regarding the please visit the Certificate in Jewish Studies page at the Department of Humanities.
Download the Advanced Certificate in Hebrew and Jewish Studies application form.
Download the list of approved courses.
Students may fulfill the requirements of the Diploma through part-time study. Diploma requirements must be completed within four years of enrollment.
The Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies is pleased to be able to offer a substantial number of scholarships and awards to our students. For more information, please visit the awards page.