The Undergraduate Concentration
The division of 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 division courses in these areas, making it possible for students to create a concentration in HJCS.
Summary: All concentrators in HJCS are required to complete HJCS 100: Peoples of the Middle East, and two terms of Hebrew (HJCS 101 and 102) as prerequisites. The concentrator's core courses must include three terms of Hebrew (HJCS 201, 202, 301) and four additional courses. Of these four, two must be upper-division 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-division Hebrew credit. See individual course descriptions for details. A student who places out of HJCS 301 is required to take an additional Hebrew course. The concentrator must also complete two elective cognate courses outside of HJCS. The cognate courses must be approved by the concentration advisor.
Concentration Program. A minimum of 24 credits, distributed as follows:
The Divisional Elective Courses
Sample Cognate Courses
AAPTIS 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Literature
The NES Honors Concentration
Concentrators who qualify as candidates for Honors are those who meet the requirements for a regular concentration, maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 overall and 3.5 in the concentration, and complete the writing of a senior thesis with distinction. Honors concentrators are required to enroll in the thesis course (498) during their senior year of research and writing. Further information concerning the Honors concentration can be obtained at the NES office (room 4111, Thayer Building) or at the Honors Program Office (1330 Mason Hall).
The department has affiliations with several universities and programs abroad, and concentrators are strongly encouraged to spend all or part of an academic year overseas in order to further their formal training. In addition to consulting the University of Michigan's Office of International Programs, the International Center and the International Institute, concentrators should contact their concentration advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies concerning such a course of study. A program should be decided upon in advance in order to ensure that transfer credit can be awarded and that courses will satisfy concentration requirements.
Students interested in the department's concentration program in HJCS should contact the HJCS concentration advisor through the Department's undergraduate secretary at the departmental office (4111 Thayer Bldg.), or by phone at (734) 764-0314. Students who plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in NES must complete the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LS&A) declaration form supplied by the advisor.