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The Jewish Studies Certificate Program

The Jewish Studies Certificate Program (JSCP), approved Fall 2012, enables Fresno State and Continuing Education students to explore the long history, rich culture, diverse communities, and distinctive religious practices of this global minority group from ancient times to the present. Students enrolled in certificate courses learn about the many dimensions of Jewish heritage and also issues of contemporary concern for Jews of the diaspora, including the United States, and in Israel. Housed in the Department of History, the JSCP provides educational opportunities for people of all backgrounds with an interest in this field of study, and heightens awareness of the local Jewish community's contribution to the wonderful diversity of California's Central Valley. Specific requirements for earning a certificate are available in the Fresno State catalog.  To fill out an online enrollment form, click here.

The Jewish Studies Certificate Program is affiliated with the Fresno State student club, the Jewish Studies Association.  For more information, please find JSA on Facebook.

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Information about Jewish Studies events.

Information about the Jewish Studies Minor.

Your Support Can Make a Difference!

Please consider making a gift to support Jewish Studies curriculum development, student scholarships and events programming. For online giving, make your tax deductible contributions at Give to Fresno State -- check the box marked College of Social Sciences and write Jewish Studies Program in the box marked Other.  For bequest and endowment opportunities, contact College of Social Sciences Dean Michelle DenBeste at 559-278-3013 or 

Faculty Support for Study in Israel

The Brandeis Summer Institute for Israel Studies offers annual faculty stipends for study and curriculum development at their institute held at Brandeis and in Israel.  Applications are due each January.

2016 Graduation Reception