About the Program
The minor in Hebrew introduces students to the language, peoples, cultures, and histories of the modern Hebrew-speaking world. The minor develops the student's command of reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension in the Hebrew language and may complement the student's intended major study.
Students wishing to major in Hebrew should see the major requirements in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures.
Students minoring in Hebrew must satisfy the lower division prerequisite requirements. Students may also take a language proficiency exam to waive the elementary and intermediate language courses. Please meet with the undergraduate major advisor to discuss course options and for study abroad plans.
Declaring the Minor
Students may declare the Hebrew minor as soon as they begin their course study. Please find the minor declaration form in the Near Eastern Studies Department. Students must declare the minor no later than the semester before their Expected Graduation Term (EGT). Please see the L&S minor guidelines for more information.
Other Majors and Minors offered by the Department of Near Eastern Studies
Ancient Egyptian Near Eastern Art and Archaeology (Major)
Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Civilizations (Major)
Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (Major)
Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Civilizations (Minor)
The Hebrew minor requires five upper-division courses in Hebrew literature and culture or history.
- All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact the department advisor for information on requirements, and the declaration process.
All courses taken to satisfy the minor requirement must be taken for a letter grade and be at least 3 units.
A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in order to declare and complete the minor.
- No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor program.
- With the prior consent of the faculty major advisor, students may take courses across various disciplines to satisfy the Arabic culture and history requirement.
|HEBREW 1A||Elementary Hebrew||5|
|HEBREW 1B||Elementary Hebrew||5|
|HEBREW 20A||Intermediate Hebrew||5|
|HEBREW 20B||Intermediate Hebrew||5|
|Hebrew Language and Literature|
|HEBREW 100A||Advanced Hebrew||3|
|HEBREW 100B||Advanced Hebrew||3|
|HEBREW 104A||Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture||3|
|HEBREW 104B||Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture||3|
|Hebrew Culture and History|
|One 1-semester course in Hebrew culture/history 1||3|
|NE STUD 135||Literature and History in the Hebrew Bible||4|
|NE STUD 153||Synagogues, Cathedrals, and Mosques: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain||4|
|NE STUD 190C||Special Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies: Jewish Studies||4|
|HISTORY 100M||Special Topics in the History of the Middle East||4|
|HISTORY 109C||The Middle East From the 18th Century to the Present||4|
|HISTORY 175B||Jews in the Modern World||4|
|HISTORY C175B||Jewish Civilization: Modern Period||4|
|JEWISH 100||Introduction to Jewish Religion, Culture, and People||4|
|JEWISH 120||Special Topics in Jewish Studies: Jewish Folklore||3|
|JEWISH 121||Topics in Jewish Arts and Culture||4|
|JEWISH 122||Topics in Judaism||3-4|
|JEWISH 123||Israeli Society: Social Structure, Inequality, and Political Cleavages||3|
The faculty major advisor must approve all courses outside of the department that will be used to satisfy the Hebrew minor requirements.
Faculty and Instructors
Azza Ahmad, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Arabic Languages, CMES.
Wali Ahmadi, Associate Professor. Persian languages, Persian literature.
Asad Ahmed, Associate Professor. Islam (social and intellectual history).
Adam Benkato, Professor. Iranian Studies, Senior Research Scholar at CMES.
Daniel Boyarin, Professor. Talmud, rhetoric, Christianity, genealogy of, invention of Judaism.
Simon Brelaud, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Assyrian Studies, Syriac Language.
Ahmad Diab, Assistant Professor. Modern Arabic Literature.
Ronald Hendel, Professor. Textual criticism, Hebrew bible, ancient Near Eastern religion and mythology, Northwest Semitic linguistics.
Chana Kronfeld, Professor. Comparative literature, modernism, Hebrew, Yiddish, modern poetry, minor literatures, politics of literary history, feminist stylistics, intertextuality, translation studies.
Margaret Larkin, Professor. Near Eastern studies.
Rita Lucarelli, Associate Professor. Near Eastern Studies, Egyptology.
Maria Mavroudi, Professor. Byzantine studies.
Nasser Meerkhan, Assistant Professor. Near Eastern Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese.
Benjamin Porter, Associate Professor. Archaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, Middle East, Arid Environments, anthropology, Heritage, tourism, and Museum Studies.
Carol A. Redmount, Associate Professor. Egyptology.
Francesca Rochberg, Professor. History of science, ancient near east, cuneiform studies.
Niek Veldhuis, Professor. Digital humanities, intellectual history, Sumerian, cuneiform.
Rutie Adler, Lecturer.
Hatem A. Bazian, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies.
Elsa Elmahdy, Lecturer.
Gholam-Reza Ghahramani, Lecturer.
John L. Hayes, Lecturer.
Sanjyot Mehendale, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies, Central Asia, Central Asian studies, archaeology and art history.
Haitham S. Mohamed, Lecturer.
Laurie Pearce, Lecturer.
Barbara Richter, Lecturer.
Jason Christopher Vivrette, Lecturer.
Ayla Algar, Lecturer Emeritus. Turkish language and literature, language pedagogy.
Hamid Algar, Professor Emeritus.
Robert B. Alter, Professor Emeritus. Comparative literature, Near Eastern studies, 19th-century European and American novel, modernism, literary aspects of the bible, modern and biblical Hebrew literature.
Guitty Azarpay, Professor Emeritus. Art and archaeology of the ancient Near East and Central Asia.
Ariel A. Bloch, Professor Emeritus.
Chava Boyarin, Professor Emeritus.
Wolfgang J. Heimpel, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
Anne D. Kilmer, Professor Emeritus.
David Larkin, Lecturer Emeritus. Egyptology.
James T. Monroe, Professor Emeritus.
Jaleh Pirnazar, Lecturer Emeritus. Modern Iranian history Persian language and literature, Iranian Cinema.
Martin Schwartz, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
Muhammad Siddiq, Professor Emeritus. Near Eastern studies.
David B. Stronach, Professor Emeritus.
Department of Near Eastern Studies
250 Barrows Hall
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History
Francesca Rochberg, PhD
262 Barrows Hall
Undergraduate Faculty Advisor for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Islamic Studies and Professor of Persian Literature
Wali Ahmadi, PhD
284 Barrows Hall
Undergraduate Student Advisor
Rania Shah, MA
250 Barrows Hall