Within American academia, the Center for Jewish Civilization is innovative for its focus on religion and history, but also on the wider cultural, political, philosophical, and literary accomplishments of the Jewish people. Courses represent a broad range of disciplines including government, history, theology, language, and the arts.
Currently the Center for Jewish Civilization only offers undergraduates a certificate or minor.
This is a program for students of all religious backgrounds, and is appropriate for those with either a strong background in Judaism or none. 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.
Though open to students across Georgetown University, the vast majority of those that pursue the certificate/minor come from the School of Foreign Service and Georgetown College.