Certificate in Jewish and Christian Origins

The Certificate in Jewish and Christian Origins provides an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of the origins, development of and cultural impact of two world religions, Judaism and Christianity, from their beginnings in ancient Israel to the parallel developments of rabbinic Judaism and emergent Christianity subsequent to the first Jewish War of 70 C.E. to Late Antiquity, including some coverage of the origins of Islam in relation to Judaism and Christianity.

This certificate may be completed in conjunction with, or apart from any degree program, and is open to students in all colleges. This program is subject to the promotion and residency standards for degree-level certificate programs in the College of Arts & Science.

Students who have taken equivalent courses at other institutions may apply for transfer credit, which if granted will be applied to the certificate. 

Students may take the required courses concurrently with other courses in the program.

Requirements (24 credit units)

Of the courses used to fulfill the program requirements, at least 9 credit units must be at the 300-level or higher.

  • RLST 112.3 Western Religions in Society and Culture
  • RLST 328.3 Jewish Christian Relations in Historical Perspective

Biblical Literature

Choose 6 credit units from the following list of courses in Biblical Literature:

Early Judaism and Christianity

Choose 6 credit units from the following list of courses in Early Judaism and Christianity:

  • HIST 208.3 The Roman Republic Growth of a Mediterranean State 753 to 27 BCE
  • HIST 209.3 The Roman Empire Politics Society and Culture Augustus to Constantine
  • HIST 217.3 The Later Roman Empire Crisis and Continuity from Constantine to Justinian
  • HIST 221.3 Sub Roman Anglo Saxon and Viking Britain 400 to 1066
  • HIST 230.3 Christianity from Constantine to the Age of the Renaissance and the Reformations 300 to 1650 CE
  • HIST 308.6 Rome Building and Living in the Ancient City
  • HIST 320.3 Pagans Christians Barbarians Identity and Empire in the Roman World
  • HIST 331.3 Magic Science and Religion before the Scientific Revolution
  • HIST 335.3 Spectacles of Death in the Roman World
  • HIST 402.3 Aspects of Late Antiquity
  • PHIL 202.3 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 208.3 Ancient Philosophy Presocratics to Plato
  • PHIL 209.3 Ancient Philosophy Aristotle to Plotinus
  • RLST 113.3 Islamic Civilization and Culture
  • RLST 227.3
  • RLST 237.3 Life After Death in World Religions
  • RLST 361.3
  • RLST 363.3 Early Christian Literature Text and Context

Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology and Languages:

Choose 3 credit units from the following lists of courses in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology, and Languages:

Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology:

  • ARCH 116.3 Introduction to Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology
  • ARCH 244.3 Archaeology and Cultural Development Ancient Israel and Syria Late Bronze Age to Hellenistic Period
  • ARCH 252.3 Near Eastern Archaeological Field Work
  • ARCH 257.3 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
  • ARCH 258.3 Archaeology of Ancient Mesopotamia
  • ARCH 356.3 Development of Complex Cultures in Eastern Mediterranean and Near Eastern Regions


Choose 3 additional credit units from any of the four course lists above.