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Twin Cities Campus

Hebrew B.A.

Classical & Near Eastern Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2013. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Students who are interested in studying Hebrew should inquire about the Hebrew minor, and/or the Jewish Studies major and minor.
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 27 to 29
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This program enables students to study the various periods of the Hebrew language covering a span of 3,000 years, from biblical times to the present. The program gives students the tools for work in the fields of literature, social sciences, religious studies, linguistics, and law. Hebrew equips the student for cross-disciplinary learning in several fields--ancient, medieval, and contemporary. Related areas include Jewish studies, religious studies, Arabic, Greek, and the extinct languages of the Near East. Students are encouraged to incorporate study in Israel in one of the many exchange programs involving archaeology, the social sciences, or the humanities (consult the Learning Abroad Center for more information). Hebrew majors often use their major to complement a second major in another field such as political science, sociology, journalism, history, religious studies, business, speech communications, and linguistics.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 3 courses before admission to the program.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Preparatory Courses
Each HEBR course below requires completion of a prerequisite HEBR course. Note: these courses do not factor into the overall length in credits of the major.
CNES 1001 {Inactive} [AH] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 1201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 1082 - Jesus in History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 1082 - Jesus in History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
HEBR 1002 - Beginning Hebrew II (5.0 cr)
or HEBR 1102 - Beginning Biblical Hebrew II (5.0 cr)
or HEBR 4002 - Beginning Hebrew II for Graduate Student Research (5.0 cr)
or HEBR 4105 - Beginning Biblical Hebrew II for Graduate Student Research (5.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of Hebrew. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
Note: the required four semesters of Hebrew language study do not factor into the overall length in credits of the major, but do satisfy the CLA second language requirement. Students may earn a B.A. or a minor in Hebrew, but not both. Beginning fall 2012, all incoming CLA freshman must complete the appropriate First Year Experience course sequence. Specific information about this collegiate requirement can be found at: http://class.umn.edu/degree_requirements/index.html
Major Courses
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· HEBR 3090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew (3.0 cr)
· HEBR 3200 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· HEBR 3300 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· HEBR 3400 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· HEBR 3990 {Inactive} (1.0-4.0 cr)
· HEBR 3993 - Directed Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
· HEBR 5090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew (3.0 cr)
· HEBR 5200 - Advanced Classical Hebrew (3.0 cr)
· HEBR 5300 - Post-Biblical Hebrew: Second Temple Period (3.0 cr)
· HEBR 5400 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· HEBR 5992 - Directed Readings (1.0-4.0 cr)
Take one of the following course pairs:
HEBR 3011 - Intermediate Hebrew I (5.0 cr)
HEBR 3012 - Intermediate Hebrew II (5.0 cr)
or HEBR 3101 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I (4.0 cr)
HEBR 3102 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II (4.0 cr)
Electives
Student primarily studying Modern Hebrew must take a minimum of two courses in Classical Hebrew (HEBR 4101 and 4105). Students primarily studying Classical Hebrew must take a minimum of two courses in Modern Hebrew (HEBR 4001 and 4002).
Complete nine credits of relevant coursework with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies.
Senior Project
Students who complete a major project for another CLA major may substitute four credits of HEBR or related coursework with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Students who double major in Hebrew and RELST, JWST, or any CNES major, are especially encouraged to integrate their programs by preparing a senior project that includes a significant Hebrew component.
HEBR 3951W - Major Project [WI] (4.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements, in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: http://www.honors.umn.edu/academics/curriculum/dept_courses_current.html Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies, or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
 
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CNES 1201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01026
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the modern academic study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the historical context of literature from ancient Mesopotamia. Read Babylonian Epic of Creation, Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, Genesis, Exodus, Psalms. Stories of creation, law, epic conflict, and conquest.
CNES 1082 - Jesus in History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00982
Typically offered: Every Spring
Who was Jesus? How can we recover what he said and did? Why was he killed and who did it? Was there agreement about the life and words of Jesus in the earliest stages of Christianity, or were there major disagreements even then? How were the early writers about Jesus influenced by their social, political, and religious contexts? And why was it reported in the news recently that Jesus was married? In this course we examine the earliest attempts to describe Jesus and his significance in the gospel literature of the first and second centuries and beyond. We ask how historians may claim to "know" the "facts" of Jesus's life and meaning in light of these various portraits. We seek to understand how the different literary presentations of Jesus reflect their authors' social, religious, and political situations. We aim to understand in more detail the diversity of perspectives about Jesus from the earliest stage of the development of Christianity. Intended as a course of interest to all undergraduates on the Twin Cities campus. Students of any, all, or no religious background are welcome. CNES 1082, RELS 1082, CNES 3092, and RELS 3092 are combined sections.
RELS 1082 - Jesus in History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00982
Typically offered: Every Spring
Who was Jesus? How can we recover what he said and did? Why was he killed and who did it? Was there agreement about the life and words of Jesus in the earliest stages of Christianity, or were there major disagreements even then? How were the early writers about Jesus influenced by their social, political, and religious contexts? And why was it reported in the news recently that Jesus was married? In this course we examine the earliest attempts to describe Jesus and his significance in the gospel literature of the first and second centuries and beyond. We ask how historians may claim to "know" the "facts" of Jesus's life and meaning in light of these various portraits. We seek to understand how the different literary presentations of Jesus reflect their authors' social, religious, and political situations. We aim to understand in more detail the diversity of perspectives about Jesus from the earliest stage of the development of Christianity. Intended as a course of interest to all undergraduates on the Twin Cities campus. Students of any, all, or no religious background are welcome.CNES 1082, RELS 1082, CNES 1082 and CNES 3092 are combined sections.
JWST 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018 - Hist 1534/Hist 3534/JwSt 1034/
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
RELS 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
HEBR 1002 - Beginning Hebrew II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hebr 1002/4002
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Continuation of 1001. Leads to speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing Hebrew. Emphasizes communication proficiency. Cultural materials. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in [1001 or 4001] or instr consent
HEBR 1102 - Beginning Biblical Hebrew II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00537
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Progression to more sophisticated reading of narrative, prophetic, and legal texts. Presentation/discussion of multiple approaches to problems/issues in biblical scholarship. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in [1101 or 4104] or instr consent
HEBR 4002 - Beginning Hebrew II for Graduate Student Research
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hebr 1002/4002
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Continuation of 4001. Leads to speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing Hebrew. Emphasizes communication proficiency. Cultural materials. Meets with 1002. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in [1001 or 4001] or instr consent
HEBR 4105 - Beginning Biblical Hebrew II for Graduate Student Research
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00537 - Hebr 1102/Hebr 4105
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Progression to more sophisticated reading of narrative, prophetic, and legal texts. Presentation and discussion of multiple approaches to problems and issues in biblical scholarship. Meets with 1102. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in [1101 or 4104] or instr consent
HEBR 3090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Preparation to read various kinds of authentic Hebrew texts and to develop higher levels of comprehension/speaking. Conducted entirely in Hebrew. Emphasizes Modern Israeli Hebrew. Introduction to earlier genres. Grammar, widening vocabulary. Contemporary short fiction, essays, articles on cultural topics, films, Hebrew Internet sites, TV. prereq: 3012 or instr consent
HEBR 3993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. prereq: instr consent
HEBR 5090 - Advanced Modern Hebrew
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Various authentic Hebrew texts. Comprehension/speaking. Conducted entirely in Hebrew. Emphasizes Modern Israeli Hebrew. Grammar, widening vocabulary. Contemporary short fiction, essays, articles on cultural topics, films, Hebrew Internet sites, TV.
HEBR 5200 - Advanced Classical Hebrew
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth reading, analysis, and discussion of classical Hebrew texts. Grammar, syntax. Introduction to text-criticism, history of scholarship, and scholarly tools. Format varies between survey of themes (e.g., law, wisdom, poetry) and extended concentration upon specific classical texts.
HEBR 5300 - Post-Biblical Hebrew: Second Temple Period
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Readings in late-/post-biblical Hebrew literature of Persian, Hellenistic, and early Roman periods (e.g., Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Dead Sea Scrolls, apocrypha, pseudepigrapha). Focuses on historical development of Hebrew language and literature in relation to earlier biblical sources. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
HEBR 5992 - Directed Readings
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
HEBR 3011 - Intermediate Hebrew I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01082 - Hebr 3011/Hebr 4011
Typically offered: Every Fall
Prepares students for CLA language requirement. Speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of modern Hebrew. Students read/discuss prose, poetry, news, and film. Important features of biblical/classical Hebrew. Taught primarily in Hebrew. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in [1002 or 4002] or instr consent
HEBR 3012 - Intermediate Hebrew II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01083 - HEBR 3012/Hebr 4012
Typically offered: Every Spring
Extensive reading of simplified modern Hebrew prose selections. Students discuss poetry, newspaper, film, and TV in Hebrew. Israeli cultural experiences. Hone composition, listening comprehension, and speaking skills to prepare for proficiency exams. Biblical prose, simple poetic texts. Taught in Hebrew. Meets with 4012. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in in 3011 or instr consent
HEBR 3101 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01084 - HEBR 3101/HEBR 4106
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Text of Hebrew Bible. Basic research tools/commentaries. Close reading of narrative biblical texts. Reading fluency, methods of research in biblical studies. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in [1102 or 4105] or instr consent
HEBR 3102 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01085 - HEBR 3102/HEBR 4107
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Text of Hebrew Bible, basic research tools and commentaries. Close reading of narrative biblical texts. Reading fluency, methods of research in biblical studies. Meets with 4107. prereq: Grade of at least [C- or S] in 3101 or instr consent
HEBR 3951W - Major Project (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research project using primary and secondary sources. Students select project in consultation with a faculty member, who directs the research/writing. prereq: [Hebr major, three 3xxx Hebrew courses], instr consent, dept consent