May 26, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019

Hebrew - BA

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The major consists of 24-30 credits. In general, a Hebrew major is required to achieve proficiency in Biblical and/or modern Hebrew literature by successfully completing a minimum of four courses at the 300 level in Hebrew. Courses in Hebraic studies conducted in English may be applied toward partial fulfillment of the Hebrew major provided they are part of a coherent program approved by the head of the division.

Qualified students interested in a more intensive program in the field of Hebraic or Judaic studies, particularly those preparing for graduate work in such specialized areas as Semitic languages and civilizations, Jewish history, Biblical studies and archaeology, medieval or modern Hebrew literature, Near Eastern studies or religious studies, should consult a division adviser regarding additional courses and supportive studies in related fields.

Students who demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew through a placement exam may be exempted from some courses.  Please see the Classical and Oriental Studies  department for details.

Hunter Core Requirement

Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement [CCCR], Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement .

Course CUNY Common Core Requirement
HEBR 21100  

Individual and Society (SS)

HEBR 22100   World Culture and Global Issues
HEBR 22200   World Culture and Global Issues
HEBR 24000   World Culture and Global Issues
HEBR 25900   World Culture and Global Issues
HEBR 29000   World Culture and Global Issues
HEBR 29200   Individual and Society (H)
HEBR 29500   World Culture and Global Issues

Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core Requirement.


Courses Required for the Major (24-30 credits)

Preparation for Teaching in Grades 7-12

In cooperation with the School of Education, the Program in Hebrew provides opportunities for students to prepare for a career in teaching Hebrew in grades 7-12. Students preparing to teach Hebrew must complete a 33-credit major option for teaching that includes the 24-credit sequence taken by non-teaching majors, HEBR 39900 , and 6 additional credits in Hebrew language and literature at the 300 or 400 level. Students interested in teaching Hebrew in New York schools should take the 23-credit pedagogical sequence for grades 7-12 . This sequence may count toward the course requirements for New York State Certification, but will not by itself be sufficient for certification. Students interested in a teaching career should consult with the School of Education .


Two minors are offered, one in Hebrew, the other in Hebraic Studies.

Hebrew Minor

The Hebrew minor requires the successful completion of 12 credits at the 200-level or above.  Courses counted toward the Hebrew minor must be either language courses or have Hebrew as their language of instruction.

Hebraic Studies Minor

The Hebraic Studies minor requires the successful completion of four HEBR literature and/or culture courses on the 200-level or above, taught in English or in Hebrew. Two Hebrew language courses other than Elementary and Intermediate Hebrew—e.g., Biblical Hebrew, Advanced Hebrew— may be used toward the minor requirement in lieu of two literature or culture courses.


Opportunity for honors work is available through HEBR 49100 - Honors Project .

Courses in Hebrew

Degree Map for Hebrew

Degree Map for Hebrew  

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