Minor in Hebrew

Students who minor in Hebrew become proficient in modern Hebrew and acquire a good grasp of Hebrew literature and Israeli culture. The minor requires six courses in addition to the prerequisite of fourth-semester Hebrew or equivalent proficiency in the language. Courses at the LH 200 level, such as Israeli Culture through Film, are taught in English. Courses at the LH 300 and LH 400 level are taught in Hebrew on topics such as such as Voices in Israeli Society, Israeli Popular Music, Israeli Media, Food Culture, and Hebrew Narrative. Courses taught in Hebrew enable students to practice all four language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) thus furthering their language abilities along with their cultural knowledge and competence. Students are encouraged to study abroad at the BU program in Haifa or another relevant program.

Hebrew is offered only as a minor at BU; the corresponding major is Middle East & North Africa Studies.


Six 4-credit courses with a grade of C or higher:

  • CAS LH 250 Masterpieces of Modern Hebrew Literature (in English translation) or LH 283 Israeli Culture through Film (in English translation)
  • Five additional 4-credit courses numbered CAS LH 240 or above*

*Since many students have complementary interests in religion, Jewish studies, or the Middle East, up to two non-LH courses on related topics may be counted, provided they are approved by the Hebrew minor advisor.

Additionally, up to four courses taken at BU’s Study Abroad program in Haifa can count toward the Hebrew minor (as can up to three courses taken at non-BU abroad programs in Israel and pre-approved by the Hebrew minor advisor).

Students may include up to three transfer courses from other colleges or universities, but must take a minimum of three courses on the Charles River Campus. Internships taken through Boston University or other study abroad programs may not be credited toward the minor in Hebrew.


Students may take courses to fulfill their language requirement or courses toward their minor in the Boston University Study Abroad program in Haifa. Additional information on this program is available in the Study Abroad section of this Bulletin.

Placement Test

A placement test is required of all students whose most recent course in Hebrew was taken while in high school or at a college other than Boston University and who wish to continue their study of this language here. Information about the online placement test is available at the Modern Languages & Comparative Literature Department website.