Students may major in Hebrew and a second language (Plan B major).

The major in Hebrew studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Jewish world. Its goal is to develop students’ Hebrew language skills, explore Israeli culture and Jewish heritage, and provide students with an opportunity to experience a myriad of perspectives on Israeli culture and society. Students are exposed to ongoing societal issues that influence the development of the contemporary Hebrew language and the culture in which it evolves.


Core courses: Students choosing a Plan B major in language and culture studies may elect Modern Hebrew as their secondary language. Students who do so must take five courses in Modern Hebrew beyond the 101 level, including at least one course from the literature and culture offerings (such as JWST 220. Modern Israeli Literature and Jewish Heritage or JWST 229. Israeli Art and Culture).

Capstone/senior project: Students must complete a project synthesizing aspects of courses taken for the major and its cognates. Except under exceptional circumstances, this project will be undertaken in the language section’s 401. Senior Seminar; it must be done at Trinity College.

Honors: Departmental honors are awarded to seniors who have maintained an A- average in all courses to be counted toward their major (including cognate courses). Furthermore, a minimum grade of A- is required in the senior exercise (401).

The minor in Modern Hebrew—for students who wish to minor in Modern Hebrew, a sequence of five Hebrew courses: HEBR 101, 102, 201, 202, and 301, designed to develop linguistic skills. To give a more profound and broader appreciation of Israeli culture and civilization, students must take a Language Across the Curriculum unit as well as either JWST 220. Modern Israeli Literature and Jewish Heritage or JWST 229. Israeli Art and Culture. No more than one transfer credit may be applied to the minor.

To declare a minor in Hebrew, contact Lecturer Adi Katz. Students interested in cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of Jewish culture are referred to the Jewish studies interdisciplinary minor.