Central to Hebrew College's curriculum is the mastery of Hebrew — the language of classical and modern texts. Hebrew College offers a multifaceted and comprehensive Hebrew language program, both undergraduate and graduate, beginner through advanced levels, on campus and online.
Many courses at Hebrew College require a substantial knowledge of Hebrew. Hebrew College offers several distinct approaches to mastery of the Hebrew language:
Ulpan is the traditional immersion method approach popular in Israel. Offered through nine levels, students focus on spoken language and modern usage through the use of current newspapers, media, contemporary cultural topics and social commentary. A central goal is establishing a spoken Hebrew environment in the classroom.
Modern Hebrew Levels 1-4 is offered via online learning and is available for undergraduate credit. The courses focus on modern spoken Hebrew and building vocabulary and grammar skills. A Mekhina level is offered for those students who need preparatory work prior to beginning Hebrew 1. Instruction is delivered through asynchronous instruction complemented and augmented by weekly real-time conversation with the instructor. The courses are interactive and focus on development of skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Fundamentals of Hebrew Levels 1-4 is offered on campus in semester-long courses, meeting once per week for three hours, and is available for undergraduate credit. Students develop fundamental skills in all modalities of language acquisition and literacy, with a particular emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening. The curriculum allows students to study Hebrew throughout its historical layers via diverse genres of the Hebrew literature.
Advanced Level Hebrew Language Levels 5-8 are offered on campus and are available for graduate credit. The course sequence focuses on biblical and rabbinic Hebrew. Prior knowledge of Hebrew, including mastery of the Hebrew verb system, is required.
Hebrew Language Coordinator and Director of Ulpan