For students interested in understanding and appreciating the literature and civilization of the Jewish people, Hebrew is indispensable.
Coursework emphasizes Hebrew language instruction, developing skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and translation. Advanced students take courses in biblical, Rabbinic, and modern Hebrew literature; Israeli culture; and courses in Aramaic and Talmud. There also are courses on Hebrew literature of various periods and Israeli, Sephardic, and Yiddish literature and culture in translation. Students are encouraged to pursue study abroad in Israel.