Undergraduate programs in the Department

The Department offers four majors, each of which can be included in many degrees offered at the University of Sydney. Depending on your year of enrolment the requirements for completing the major may be different. Select from the options below to see the requirements relevant to you.

Biblical Studies

I started my degree before 2014

Students who wish to major in BBCL must complete 36 senior credit points normally consisting of;

- BBCL2603 Messianism in Biblical Prophetic Texts
- BBCL2606 Apocalyptic in the Bible and Beyond
- BBCL2607 Biblical Poetic Books
- BBCL2608 Biblical Wisdom Literature

plus either

- BBCL2609 Historical Jesus to Written Gospels
- BBCL2610 The New Testament as Literature

or two units in Classical Hebrew (normally HBRW2631 and 2632, students with some background in Classical Hebrew should consult the course coordinator).
RLST2624 The Birth of Christianity may be substituted for one of the senior units.

I started my degree in or after 2014

A Biblical Studies major consists of 36 senior credit points including 6 credit points from either BBCL2603 or BBCL2607, and 6 credit points from BBCL3601 or BBCL3602.

The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Biblical Studies. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.


Classical Hebrew

I started my degree before 2014

Students who wish to major in Classical Hebrew must complete a minimum of 36 senior credit points, consisting of 24 senior credit points from HBRW2623, HBRW2624, HBRW2625 and HBRW2626, plus 12 further senior credit points from HBRW units (Classical) or from BBCL units.

I started my degree in or after 2014

A Classical Hebrew major consists of 36 senior credit points including 6 credit points from either HBRW 2623 or HBRW2625, and 6 credit points from HBRW3601 or HBRW3602.

The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Classical Hebrew. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.


Jewish Thought and Civilisation

I started my degree before 2014

Students who wish to major in Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture must complete 36 senior credit points normally consisting of;

-- JCTC2603 Jews Under the Crescent and the Cross
-- JCTC2604 From Expulsion to Regeneration
-- JCTC2605 From Emancipation to the Holocaust
-- JCTC2606 The Holocaust: History and Aftermath
-- JCTC2607 Israel in the Modern Middle East

and one cross-listed unit of study, either HSTY2607 Approaches to the Arab-Israeli Conflict or GOVT2702 The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

There are prerequisites, either JCTC1001 Palestine: From Rome to Islam, or Department of History prerequisites. This course is highly recommended to students with an interest in history, government or religion.

There are no foreign language requirements for undergraduate study as all units of study are conducted in English and use texts in English. Study of Hebrew is, however, encouraged in conjunction with JCTC units of study, and a basic knowledge of at least one language associated with the Jewish experience (either Hebrew Classical or Modern, or German) is required for honours and postgraduate study.

I started my degree in or after 2014

A major in Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture requires at least 36 senior credit points including 24 credit points from core units of study and of which 6 must be at 3000 level.

The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.


Modern Hebrew

I started my degree before 2014

Students who wish to major in Modern Hebrew must complete 36 senior credit points from among HBRW2603 to HBRW2612.

Cross-listing
Up to 12 credit points from approved cross-listable units of study may be cross-listed towards the Modern Hebrew major. Students should, however, plan their cross-listings carefully: no units of study can count towards more than one major.

I started my degree in or after 2014

A major in Hebrew (Modern) requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 6 credit points at 3000 level.

The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Hebrew (Modern). The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.

The Modern Hebrew Program offers several entry points depending on your previous knowledge and usage of the language. Following the completion of a placement test, you are directed to the unit best suited for your level of knowledge. Once in the program you will enjoy a clear learning progression.

For more in-depth information on these subject areas, including tables and descriptions of the units of study available in this area, for current year enrolments go to

For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.

Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.

International exchange

Students are strongly encouraged to study Hebrew at an overseas university for one or two semesters. The University of Sydney has an exchange arrangement with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Comprehensive information is available at the Student Exchange Office Website.

In addition there are in-country study opportunities available to students including:

There are also significant scholarships available to students studying overseas.

If you thinking about studying overseas, you should discuss your options with the Chair of Department.


Academic policies and procedures

The Department follows the policies and procedures set out by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – for information, follow these links to the requisite Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences pages:

Policies webpage for information on:
- Plagiarism - Satisfactory progress - Late Work - Attendance

Student Administration Manual contains procedures, and the necessary forms, for amongst others:
- Applying for credit
- Applying for a DNF after the semester deadline
- Applying for Honours
- Applying for a suspension for one or two semesters
- Appealing against a result

Special Consideration webpage for information on:
- Special Consideration - for serious illness or misadventure
- Special Arrangements - for essential community commitments
- Extensions on assessments - for minor illness or misadventure