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Hebrew Language Track*

The Hebrew Language Track in NEJS is designed to enable students to become proficient in Modern Hebrew language. The majority of courses required by this track are taught in Hebrew, allowing students to maximize classroom time immersed in the language. Other courses may offer the option of readings in the original Hebrew, and/or include a separate Hebrew discussion section. Students may transfer two appropriate courses from the study abroad program provided they are taught in Hebrew and approved by the Hebrew track adviser; students must obtain permission from their Hebrew track adviser to count courses as part of the Hebrew track before starting the study abroad program.

The Hebrew track requires the following 10 courses (no double counting is allowed):

A. must complete the Foundational Requirement with one of the following three options:

1. Students may complete NEJS 5a (Foundational Course in Judaic Studies), as early as possible in the major. This course is usually offered every fall.

2. Students may take an exemption exam in place of NEJS 5a. The placement exam is given twice a year, during the first two weeks of each semester. The exam will be given at one time only, in a proctored setting, and its date will be announced at least one month in advance. The version of the exam given in any year will be that of the NEJS faculty member teaching the course that academic year, who will also grade the exam. Students may take the exam no more than twice. Study sheets for each exam are available online. Students who pass the exam (with a B- or higher) will be exempted from NEJS 5a, but will not receive course credit, and will be required to take an additional course instead of NEJS 5a.

3. Students may successfully complete three of the following five Foundational Sequence courses: NEJS 111a (The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament), NEJS 127a (Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism), NEJS 140a (Under Crescent and Cross: the Jews in the Middle Ages), NEJS 140b (Early Modern Jewish History), and NEJS 135a (The Modern Jewish Experience). These courses may also count toward requirement C below (chronological distribution). However, if all three courses are also applied toward requirement C, one additional NEJS elective must be taken so that a total of 8 distinct NEJS courses are taken inclusive of requirements A, B, and C (below).

B. At least one course in classical Hebrew (Hebrew readings with English language instruction) including but not limited to: NEJS 10a, 25a, 110b, 112a, 114b, 117b, 118b, 121b, 123b, 125b, 126a, 126b, 127b, 170a.

C. Hebrew 167b (Back to the Roots: The Revival of Modern Hebrew).

D. Two courses in modern Hebrew literature: NEJS 173a, 174a, 174b, 178a.

E. Two advanced level Hebrew language courses: HBRW 121b, 123a, 123b, 141a, 144a, 146a, 161b, 164b, 166b, 168a, 168b, 170a.

F. At least two courses in Israel studies (English or Hebrew language instructions): ANTH/NEJ 169b, FA 68a, 76a, HIST 114a, NEJS 145a, 145b, 147a, 154b, 177a, 178b, 180b, 185a, 189a, 191b. (Additional courses will be offered by Schusterman visiting scholars, scholars in NEJS and in other departments that can satisfy this requirement).

G. HBRW 97 (Senior Essay).

H. No course with a final grade below C- can count toward fulfilling the major requirements in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

I. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major requirements.

*NOTE:  Students enrolling at Brandeis prior to September 2011 may choose to major in Hebrew according to previous Brandeis Bulletin rules.  They may also choose to enroll in the Hebrew Language track of NEJS, described above.  Students enrolling September 2011 or after may only choose the Hebrew Language track.