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Hebrew (Modern)


Modern Hebrew is the standard form of Hebrew used today, spoken by approximately nine million people. The Modern Hebrew major is a holistic language learning program which covers the five skills of language in-use: listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural awareness. Throughout the major you will develop and expand your proficiency in these five language and cultural skills.

The language you will use is, primarily, spoken daily speech; yet over the course of the major you will have opportunities to study a range of genres and text types both spoken and written, from media to prose and poetry. By the end of your major you will have mastered the ability to use Modern Hebrew in a wide variety of contexts and situations and you will gain an understanding of how to discuss and analyse the linguistic features of Modern Hebrew, as well as the literature and culture associated with the language.

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

Due to the close congruency between the local Modern Hebrew major and those offered by the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, you will also have the opportunity to complete some of your studies at the Hebrew University.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

You can study a Modern Hebrew Studies major or minor, starting at the level most suited to your current ability. See our language proficiency levels for more details.

This major is offered by the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Communications specialist
  • Community development officer
  • International relations officer
  • Language specialist
  • Language teacher
  • Policy analyst
  • Translator and interpreter

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.