Modern Hebrew

For more information about the Hebrew program, contact the Director of Hebrew Language Instruction.

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Modern Israeli Hebrew seeks to serve several kinds of students. Typically, students have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, including Jewish or Israeli cultural studies, archaeology, linguistics, travel or work in Israel, and biblical studies. The sequence in modern Hebrew starts at the very beginning: you will learn basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with stress on proficiency in communication. Cultural materials are incorporated. Modern Hebrew also serves as a good base for subsequent work in biblical Hebrew. The difference between this sequence and biblical Hebrew is that this sequence has a spoken, conversation component and prepares students to read texts without the diacritic marks.

Modern Hebrew as CLA second language requirement

The beginning and intermediate sequence in modern Hebrew consists of HEBR 1001, 1002, 3011, and 3012. To fulfill the second language requirement with modern Hebrew, you must complete HEBR 3012 with a grade of C- or better (or S) OR pass the Language Proficiency Exam in modern Hebrew.

Courses in modern Hebrew

Modern Hebrew is offered at the beginning and intermediate levels every semester and at the advanced level every fall. No courses are offered during the summer.


  • HEBR 1001 – Beginning Hebrew I (5 cr., every fall)
  • HEBR 1002 – Beginning Hebrew II (5 cr., every spring)


  • HEBR 3011 – Intermediate Hebrew I (5 cr., every fall)
  • HEBR 3012 – Intermediate Hebrew II (5 cr., every spring)


  • HEBR 3090 / 5090 – Advanced Modern Hebrew (3 cr., every fall)