LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, Spring 2016, Subject = HEBREW, Catalog Nbr = 203

If you are looking for additional courses in these areas, please look under the following in the Course Guide:

Near Eastern Studies (NEAREAST) for courses primarily taught in English and focused on disciplines related to Middle Eastern studies (literature, religion, history, linguistics, cultural studies, visual culture, etc.)  

Arabic Language (ARABIC) for Arabic language courses

Armenian Language (ARMENIAN) for Armenian language courses

Hebrew Language (HEBREW) for Hebrew language courses

Near Eastern Languages (NESLANG) for classical and ancient language courses

Persian Language (PERSIAN) for Persian language courses

Turkish Language (TURKISH)  for Turkish language courses


The Department of Near Eastern Studies offers instruction in the languages, literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the ancient Near East and the medieval and modern Middle East. The department’s language offerings provide the foundation for the academic study of the literatures, histories, cultures, and religions of the region. The ancient language offerings include Sumerian, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Avestan, Aramaic, and Classical Hebrew. The medieval and modern language offerings include Armenian, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek.

Placement and Proficiency Tests

Language exams are for University of Michigan students who are planning on furthering their language study or want to test out of a language requirement. No preparation is necessary for the placement test – it is intended to be a tool to place you in the course most appropriate for your level.

For information on language exams, see the department website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/neareast/languages/placementtests

Special Department Policy:

The student must maintain at least a grade of a C in each term of a required concentration language. Those courses for which a student receives a lesser grade must be repeated.

The division of Hebrew offers instruction at the introductory to the advanced level in Hebrew language, literature and culture. Learning the language enables students to engage in the study of historical, literary and religious texts, as well as study the politics, folklore, anthropology of the culture, using texts and various media, including film. The study of Classical and Modern Hebrew texts provides students with an integrated view of the development of Hebrew and Jewish literature and culture.

Why Study Hebrew? People study Hebrew for different reasons. For some, it is the desire to be able to read the Hebrew Bible in the original language; for others, who are interested in Israel and wish to understand its people, culture and politics, Hebrew is necessary. Some people wish to use Hebrew as a means of communication. For others, the goal is the ability to read Hebrew literature, scholarship, newspapers or electronic media. No matter what your goal is, we offer a variety of courses and learning opportunities.

Hebrew Language (HEBREW)To find courses focused on Hebrew and Judaic culture, history, linguistics, religion, and literature, please look under Near Eastern Studies (NEAREAST) in the Course Guide.

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