As the language of the Bible, of religious life and thought, and now a language of everyday life and literature in Israel, Hebrew is at the heart of Jewish Studies. Through a program called Hebrew @ Stanford, Stanford offers a wide range of courses and programs meant to expose students to the Hebrew language and to the various kinds of literature that are written in it, and to empower them to use it in written and oral expression.
Offerings include first year biblical Hebrew, four levels of Modern Hebrew and annual undergraduate/ graduate level seminars on Hebrew literature in translation and in the original. Students can also choose to minor in Hebrew, learning about Hebrew in the context of the politics, literatures and cultures of the Middle East. All classes include ample opportunities to meet faculty, authors and public figures from Israel and to immerse oneself in Hebrew-related language and culture through our special online program.
Beyond its course offerings, Hebrew@Stanford organizes a variety of other
activities: meetings with Israeli writers, thinkers and artists; workshops with graduate students and faculty, international conferences and a multimedia program for the study of the Hebrew language, funded with support from the Newhouse foundation.