Modern Hebrew Minor

Department of Asian Studies

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New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Yaron Shemer, Hebrew Program Advisor

Morgan Pitelka, Chair

Robin Visser, Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ash Barnes, Student Services Specialist

Hebrew is one of the world’s oldest languages still spoken today. It was similar in origin to ancient Phoenician and developed into an independent language in the 12th century BCE. Hebrew was the spoken language of the Patriarchs during the Biblical period, and the Bible is written in Hebrew. While Aramaic, which utilizes the same alphabet, replaced Hebrew as the spoken language for centuries, Hebrew remained a language used for ritual, prayer, literature, and written communication. As a spoken language, Modern Hebrew began to emerge in the late 19th century and became, in 1913, the official language of instruction in Jewish schools in the region of Palestine. In 1948, Hebrew (along with Arabic) became the official language of the modern state of Israel.

Department Programs




In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The undergraduate minor in Hebrew consists of four courses.

Core Requirements
Three language courses beyond HEBR 203:9
Intermediate Modern Hebrew II
Advanced Modern Hebrew I
Advanced Modern Hebrew II
The other course must be chosen from among the following:3
Israeli Popular Culture: The Case of Music
Religion and Tradition in Israeli Cinema, TV, and Literature
The Conflict over Israel/Palestine
First-Year Seminar: Israeli Popular Culture: The Case of Music
First-Year Seminar: Israeli Culture and Society: Collective Memories and Fragmented Identities
Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice
Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity H
The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence
Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature H
Religion in Modern Israel
Total Hours12

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet minor requirements.

See the program page here for special opportunities.