About the Program
The Hebrew minor 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 modern Hebrew language and may complement the student's intended major study.
Students wishing to major in the study of Hebrew should see the major requirements in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures.
The Hebrew minor offers two options. Option A is open to students with little or no background in the language. Option B is for students who have completed the equivalent of two years of university-level coursework in the language. For specific information regarding the requirements for each option, please see the Minor Requirements tab on this page.
Declaring the Minor
Students may petition to add the Hebrew minor as soon as they begin their study of Hebrew. Please submit the Petition to Complete the Minor form to the undergraduate student adviser.
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 minor requires five upper-division courses in Hebrew literature and culture. Students may overlap one course from their major in order to complete the Hebrew minor requirements.
- All courses taken to fulfill major requirements 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 both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.
- With the prior consent of the major adviser, students may take courses across various disciplines to fulfill minor requirements.
Requirements, Option A
Open to students with no background in the language.
|HEBREW 1A||Elementary Hebrew||5|
|HEBREW 1B||Elementary Hebrew||5|
|HEBREW 20A||Intermediate Hebrew||5|
|HEBREW 20B||Intermediate Hebrew||5|
|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|
|One 1-semester course in Hebrew culture/history 2||3|
Requirements, Option B
Open to students who can demonstrate proficiency at a level equivalent to that expected of students who have successfully completed the elementary and intermediate courses in the language (two years of university-level coursework).
|Five 1-semester courses in Hebrew language or literature 1||15|
|Two 1-semester courses in Hebrew culture/history 2||6|
Texts must be in Hebrew.
The undergraduate major adviser may approve external department substitution courses for the culture/history requirement.
Faculty and Instructors
Wali Ahmadi, Associate Professor. Persian languages, Persian literature.
Asad Ahmed, Associate Professor. Islam (social and intellectual history).
Daniel Boyarin, Professor. Talmud, rhetoric, Christianity, genealogy of, invention of Judaism.
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, Assistant Professor. Egyptology.
Sabrina Sonia Maras, Assistant Adjunct Professor.
Maria Mavroudi, Professor. Byzantine studies.
Benjamin Porter, Assistant Professor. Archaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, Middle East, Arid Environments, anthropology, Heritage, tourism, and Museum Studies.
Carol A. Redmount, Associate Professor. Egyptology.
Carol Redmount, Associate Professor. Near Eastern Studies.
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.
Chava Boyarin, Lecturer.
Elsa Elmahdy, Lecturer.
Gholam-Reza Ghahramani, Lecturer.
John L. Hayes, Lecturer.
Lissette M. Jimenez, Lecturer.
Nawal M. Laymoun, 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.
Manuel Duarte De Oliveira, Visiting Professor.
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.
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