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The Hebrew language covers more than 3,000 years of usage and is a core language for the Jewish and Christian faiths. Ohio State's Hebrew major comprehensively covers Hebrew literary traditions and language forms from ancient times until the present. Students learn the spoken Hebrew of modern Israel and study great works ranging from the Bible to modern novels and poetry. In addition, the Hebrew major provides opportunities to engage with the broader Near Eastern contexts of language and culture.
Unlike most universities, Ohio State offers a comprehensive Hebrew major, with an especially strong roster of faculty covering all periods of Hebrew language and literature. The Hebrew major provides solid training in several fields of the humanities.
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Students studying Hebrew progress from an elementary working knowledge of the language toward oral and written proficiency. Once students have mastered the unique writing system of the language, they are introduced gradually to basic patterns of speech and grammar. The rich body of Hebrew literature is first studied in English translation; as students progress in the major and develop their language skills, they continue their readings in Hebrew.
Careers in which Hebrew is the primary emphasis include teaching Hebrew at all levels; interpreting and translating for the United Nations, government, or for private and public organizations; and a variety of positions in the travel and tourism industry at home or abroad, such as flight attendant, travel agent and tour guide. Careers in which proficiency in Hebrew is a good secondary tool include banking and finance, business, sales, export purchasing, foreign market analysis, journalism, foreign correspondence, science and research, library science, hotel management, publishing, and radio broadcasting.
A survey of ten centuries of medieval Jewish culture from the rise of Islam to the death of Shabbetai Zvi, the false Messiah (1676).
An introduction to the Culture of modern Israel: historical roots, socio-political institutions and developments, and literary and artistic creations reflecting the realities of contemporary Israeli society.
A survey of Israeli films from 1948 to the present day, tracing the development of film production in Israel as well as the relationship between film and society.
Reading and analysis of selected chapters from the Hebrew scriptures and post-biblical Hebrew writings representative of major historical, cultural, and literary trends.