Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS) Major (Fall 2004-Summer 2015)

Effective Fall 2004-Summer 2015 

May be elected as a departmental major

The division of Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS) 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. The program offers a variety of upper division courses in these areas, making it possible for students to create a major in HJCS.


All majors in HJCS are required to complete HJCS 100: Peoples of the Middle East. A HJCS concentrator must complete four terms of Hebrew (HJCS 101, 102, 201, 202) and five additional courses, including advanced Hebrew (HJCS 301), two upper-division courses taught in Hebrew, or which require the reading of Hebrew texts, and two additional courses in the fields of Jewish, Israeli or Hebrew literature, history, or culture. 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 HJCS. These courses must be approved by the department advisor.

Prerequisites to the Major

HJCS 100, 101 and 102.

Program of study in a major

A minimum of 24 credits, distributed as follows:

  1. Language courses: HJCS 201, 202, and 301
  2. Language, Literature, History & Culture courses: four courses, two of which must be offered in Hebrew.
  3. Cognates: In consultation with the department advisor and the director of undergraduate studies, the student must select a minimum of two cognate courses outside HJCS. This may include course selections from Biblical and Rabbinic studies, from other divisions within the department of Near Eastern Studies, and cross-listed courses.

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