Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures: Hebrew & Judaica Studies, BA

The major concentration in Hebrew and Judaica explores the development of Hebrew culture from the Biblical through Rabbinic and Medieval Periods through modern times. Because of the interrelationship between language and culture an emphasis is placed on gaining facility in the use of Hebrew language alongside courses in history, culture, literature, and religion of Judaism.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.


For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Language Requirement
Select the following 6 course units if you have no knowledge of Hebrew. With prior knowledge of Hebrew (placement test required), select corresponding number of course units in electives.6
Elementary Modern Hebrew I
Elementary Modern Hebrew II
Intermediate Modern Hebrew III
Intermediate Modern Hebrew IV
Advanced Modern Hebrew: Conversation & Writing
Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I
Breadth Requirement
MELC 0001/ANCH 0100/HIST 0730Introduction to the Ancient Middle East1
MELC 0002Introduction to the Middle East1
Concentration Requirements 2
Select 1 course unit of Biblical Literature (Attribute ANHB) 1
Select 1 course unit of Rabbinic/Medieval Literature (Attribute ANHR) 1
Select 1 course unit of Modern Hebrew Literature (Attribute ANHM)1
Select 2 course units of Concentration Requirements (Attribute ANHC) 2
Select 1 course unit of Concentration Paper Course1
Total Course Units34

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


May focus on either Medieval or Modern Periods, to be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.


Requirements: A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in major related courses.

MELC 4995Senior Conference1
MELC 4999Independent Study1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.