Hebrew Studies

The Minor in Hebrew Studies focuses on the Hebrew literary tradition and on Hebrew language skills. Students are required to complete or place out of second-year Hebrew (Hebrew 121-1, 2, 3) and to successfully complete six courses, at least two of which must be at the 300 level. These courses must come from the categories specified below, and a list of the courses that satisfy the requirements under each category is available from the Crown Center.

  • Two courses conducted in Hebrew. This requirement will probably be satisfied by third year Hebrew (216-1, 216-2, or 216-3).
  • One course on a classical (pre-modern) Hebrew text read in Hebrew. This course can be conducted in English, but the readings must be in Hebrew, not in translation. The course satisfying this requirement will typically be a course on biblical, rabbinic or mystical texts in the Department of Religious Studies, as RELIGION 329 or RELIGION 339.
  • One course on modern Hebrew literature. This course can be conducted in English, and the readings may be in translation or Hebrew. It can cover any Hebrew literary texts from the Haskalah period through the contemporary period.
  • One course on modern Israel. This course will not cover literature. Typically, it will be from the Department of History, Political Science, Sociology or Anthropology.
  • One elective. The elective must be chosen from one of the following areas:
    • Hebrew literature or Jewish literature, read in translation or in the original
    • Israel Studies
    • Courses in the Department of Linguistics relevant to Semitic languages and cultures
    • Courses covering classical Hebrew texts in translation or in the original
    • Courses conducted in Hebrew (e.g., third year Hebrew, 216-1, 216-2, or 216-3, or the fourth year Hebrew course, 316-1, 316-2, or 316-3 Advanced Topics in Hebrew Literature)