Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies

The Undergraduate Major in
Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies

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Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS) offers elementary, intermediate, and advanced Hebrew language classes along with other courses in Hebrew 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. The program offers a variety of upper level courses in these areas, making it possible for students to create a major in HJCS.

Summary: All HJCS majors are required to complete HJCS 100: Peoples of the Middle East, and two terms of Hebrew (HJCS 101 and 102) as prerequisites. The major's core courses must include three terms of Hebrew (HJCS 201, 202, 301) and four additional courses. Of these four, two must be upper level courses taught in Hebrew, which require the reading of Hebrew texts; the remaining two courses must be in the field of Jewish, Israeli or Hebrew literature, history, or culture. Please note that many of the 300 and 400 level courses have an optional Hebrew section which counts for upper level Hebrew credit. A student who places out of HJCS 301 is required to take an additional Hebrew course. The concentrator must also complete two cognate courses outside of HJCS.  The cognate courses must be approved by the HJCS advisor.