The Department of Judaic Studies offers Major and Minor in Hebrew Studies.
Hebrew // Placement Test
B.A. in Hebrew Studies - MAJOR
The Hebrew Studies major requires students to take ten courses, of which 24 credits must be at the 300-400 level.
Two core survey courses in Judaic Studies
● JUST 201 History to 1500
● JUST 202 History 1500 to Modernity
Required language sequence:
● HEBR 203 Hebrew III
● HEBR 204 Intermediate Hebrew
● HEBR 311 Texts and Conversations I
● HEBR 312 Texts and Conversations II
Four HEBR electives. Israeli literature, Yiddish language, Arabic language, and Israel Studies may be applied towards the major in consultation with the Chair or Director of Undergraduate Studies
● HEBR 101 and HEBR 102 do not count toward the major but may be required as prerequisites towards the major.
● Students who place out of Hebrew language courses may substitute courses in Israeli literature, Yiddish language, Arabic language, and Israel Studies in consultation with the Chair or Director of Undergraduate Studies.
● No P/F courses may count toward the major.
● No courses with grades lower than a "C" may count toward the major.
Judaic Studies majors can pursue honors in Judaic Studies. Honors work is pursued during the first semester of one's senior year. It consists of the pursuit of an independent research and writing program in consultation with a faculty member and requires the writing of a substantial paper. To be eligible for honors work, students should have an overall GPA of 3.5 and complete six of the required Judaic Studies courses with an average GPA of at least 3.6. Of the completed courses, at least two should be Area courses.
Hebrew Studies - MINOR
The Hebrew minor requires that a student take at least six courses. Only courses above HEBR 102 count toward the minor. At least two of the courses have to be in the 300-400 level. At least two of the courses have to be taken at Binghamton University.
(Students interested in a Hebrew major should discuss the minor requirements with the Hebrew Language coordinator, the Judaic Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies, or the Chair.)
1. Courses in Yiddish language and literature may be counted toward the Hebrew minor.
2. No course with a grade lower than C and no P/F courses can be counted toward the Hebrew minor.
Harpur College Requirements
Harpur College students must complete the following requirements in addition to those listed for the major:
● 126 credits
● 90 liberal arts and sciences credits
● Minimum of 6 upper-level credits
● Completion of the Harpur College writing requirement (4 to 5 courses as described in the All-College Writing section of the Harpur College Undergraduate Information section of the Bulletin. Maximum of one C/J course and 2 W courses may be transferred).
● Minimum of 44 credits in residence in Harpur College
● 2.0 or higher GPA
Harpur College requirements are described in detail in the Requirements for Graduation section of the Harpur College Undergraduate Information section of the Bulletin.
The Department of Judaic Studies offers two majors, Judaic Studies and Hebrew Studies. The Department also offers minors in Judaic Studies, Hebrew, and Israel Studies.