Hebrew

major

Foreign Languages and Literatures

By assuming an interdisciplinary approach to Hebrew language and culture, students acquire knowledge of the close relationship between politics, history, religions, arts and cultures in Israel. In addition to working toward proficiency in Hebrew, students will develop close reading and critical thinking skills. Students graduating with this major will find job opportunities in Jewish community organizations, the government, and consulting. In addition, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the major, students will be well prepared for the rigor of graduate studies in the humanities.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

Home to 15 different language programs, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) offers training in languages and cultures from all corners of the globe. From Swahili to Italian, Russian to Vietnamese, LLC gives students the opportunity to become cross-cultural experts in an ever-more internationalized world.
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 Curriculum

Related Programs 

The B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of a specific language (or languages) and advanced familiarity with the cultural practices and traditions associated with the language(s) of specialization. The major in FLL enhances critical thinking and communication skills, and provides students with a cross-cultural understanding of our contemporary world. The program allows students the flexibility to explore a single or dual language specialization as well as the opportunity to study culture through interdisciplinary fields of critical concentration, such as Comparative Cultural Studies, Film and Visual Culture, Intensive Area Studies, Literary Studies, and Medieval and Early Modern Studies. A major in FLL offers an excellent basis for a variety of careers, including graduate study in an area of foreign language and culture and/or in the humanities and social sciences, as well as careers in education, international development, diplomacy and government, national security, communications, law, journalism, arts and culture, publishing, and global business. Participation in UF study-abroad programs or a UF approved program is highly encouraged.

Coursework for the Major

The Hebrew specialization of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major consists of preparatory language study at the lower division (1000 and 2000 level), and 33 hours of advanced language, theory, and culture study in the upper division (3000 level and above).

All coursework for the major must be completed with minimum grades of C.

Required Foundation Coursework | 18 Credits

HBR 1130Beginning Modern Hebrew 15
HBR 1131Beginning Modern Hebrew 25
HBR 2220Intermediate Modern Hebrew 14
HBR 2221Intermediate Modern Hebrew 24
Total Credits18

Required Core Coursework | 33 Credits

Advanced Language and Culture
HBR 3410Advanced Modern Hebrew 13
HBR 3411Advanced Modern Hebrew 23
Advanced Elective Coursework
Select 18 credits (at least 6 credits at the 4000 level):18
Introduction to Israeli Culture
Israeli History and the Contemporary Novel
Women in Modern Hebrew Fiction
Motherhood in Modern Hebrew Literature
Translation in Israeli Media
Hebrew News and Media
Special Topics
Readings in Modern Hebrew Literature 1
Readings in Modern Hebrew Literature 2
Critical Concentration
Although courses may appear in more than one group, they may be counted toward only one group
Select 9 credits from one area:9
Comparative Cultural Studies
Film and Visual Culture
Literary Studies
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Total Credits33

Placement

In all languages, students with either a native background in the language or prior study in that language, might be eligible to place out of the preparatory language courses and should meet with the undergraduate coordinator to arrange for placement assessment.


Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 2

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete HBR 1130 or higher-level Hebrew Language course with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete HBR 1131 or higher-level Hebrew Language course with a minimum grade of C and a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete HBR 2220 or a higher-level Hebrew Language course with a minimum grade of C and a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 6

  • Complete HBR 2221 or a higher-level Hebrew Language course with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete 2 Advanced Elective courses
  • Complete 1 Critical Concentration course
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 7

  • Complete HBR 3410 or a higher-level Hebrew Language course with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete 2 Advanced Elective courses
  • Complete 1 Critical Concentration course
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 8

  • Complete HBR 3411 or a higher-level Hebrew Language course with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete 2 Advanced Elective courses at the 4000 level
  • Complete 1 Critical Concentration course
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S).

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
HBR 1130 Beginning Modern Hebrew 1 (Critical Tracking) 5
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits14
Semester Two
HBR 1131 Beginning Modern Hebrew 2 (Critical Tracking) 5
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
Science laboratory (Gen Ed Physical Sciences or Biological) 1
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Physical Sciences 3
 Credits15
Semester Three
HBR 2220 Intermediate Modern Hebrew 1 (Critical Tracking) 4
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences (area not taken in semester one) 1 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
HBR 2221 Intermediate Modern Hebrew 2 (Critical Tracking) 4
Advanced elective (3000 level or above, in the major) 3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences and Diversity 3
 Credits16
Semester Five
HBR 3410 Advanced Modern Hebrew 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
Critical concentration course 3
Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Advanced elective (3000 level or above; in the major) 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
HBR 3411 Advanced Modern Hebrew 2 (Critical Tracking) 3
Advanced elective (Critical Tracking; 3000 level or above; in the major) 3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
Electives 5
 Credits14
Semester Seven
Critical concentration course (Critical Tracking) 3
Advanced elective (Critical Tracking; 3000 level or above; in the major) 3
Advanced elective (Critical Tracking; 4000 level or above; in the major) 3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
Elective or senior thesis option 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
Advanced elective (Critical Tracking; 4000 level or above; in the major) 3
Critical concentration course (Critical Tracking) 3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120
1

One of these courses must be a UF Quest 2 course


CRITICAL CONCENTRATION COURSES | 9 CREDITS FROM ONE CONCENTRATION

Although courses may appear in more than one group, they may be counted toward only one group.

Comparative Cultural Studies
ABT 3500Arabic Culture3
ABT 4131The Qur'an as Literature3
ARA 3510The Arab Woman3
CHT 3500Chinese Culture3
CHT 3510All the Tea in China3
CHT 3513Taoism and Chinese Culture3
CZT 3564Modern Czech Culture and Society3
FRT 3004Monuments and Masterpieces of France3
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
GET 3003German Culture and Civilization 13
GET 3004Modern German Culture and Civilization3
GET 3200Medieval Literary Culture3
GET 3580Representations of War in Literature and Visual Media3
GET 3930Variable Topics in German Studies (German Fairy Tales)3
GEW 4401Cities as Cultural Centers3
HAI 3930Haitian Culture and Society3
HAT 3503Haitian Culture and Literature in Translation3
HAT 3564Haitian Culture and Society3
HAT 3700Introduction to Haitian Creole Linguistics3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3700The Demolition of Man: Italian Perspectives on the Jewish Holocaust3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JPT 3500Japanese Culture3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
JPT 3702Japanese Visual Culture3
JPT 4502Japanese Folklore3
JPT 4510Representations of Japan's Modern Empire3
RUT 3443War and Peace3
RUT 3500Russian Cultural Heritage3
RUT 3501Contemporary Russian Culture and Society3
RUT 3503Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience3
RUT 3504Russia Today3
RUT 3506Creative Lives: Writers, Artists, and Extraordinary People3
RUT 3514Russian Fairy Tales3
RUT 3524Russia through Film3
RUT 3530Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation3
RUT 3600The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes3
RUT 4450Russian Modernism3
VTT 3500Vietnamese Culture3
YOT 3500Yoruba Diaspora in the New World3
Film and Visual Culture
CHI 4930Special Topics in Chinese Studies3
CHT 3391Chinese Film and Media4
CHT 3523Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the New Global Cinema4
FRT 3520French Cinema4
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
FRT 4523European Identities, European Cinemas4
GET 3520Early German Cinema to 19454
GET 3580Representations of War in Literature and Visual Media3
GET 4521Women and German Cinema4
GET 4523New Cinema 1945 to the Present4
GET 4930Variable Topics in German Studies3
HBR 4930Special Topics3
ITT 3521Italian Cinema4
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3541Gangsters and Godfathers: Italian Mafia Movies3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JPN 4930Special Topics in Japanese Studies3
JPT 3391Introduction to Japanese Film4
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
RUT 3524Russia through Film3
SSA 4930Special Topics in African Studies (African Film)3
Literary Studies
ABT 3130Arabic Literary Heritage 13
ABT 4131The Qur'an as Literature3
CHI 4930Special Topics in Chinese Studies3
CHT 3110Chinese Literary Heritage3
CHT 3123Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3124Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 4111Dream of the Red Chamber3
CHT 4603Journey to the West3
FRT 3004Monuments and Masterpieces of France3
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
GET 3200Medieval Literary Culture3
GET 3201Early Modern Literary Culture3
GET 3501History, Literature and Arts of Berlin3
GET 3580Representations of War in Literature and Visual Media3
GET 3930Variable Topics in German Studies (German Fairy Tales)3
GET 4930Variable Topics in German Studies3
HAT 3503Haitian Culture and Literature in Translation3
HBR 4930Special Topics3
HBT 3223Identity and Dissent in the Hebrew Short Story3
HBT 3233Israeli History and the Contemporary Novel3
HBT 3563Women in Modern Hebrew Fiction3
HBT 3564Motherhood in Modern Hebrew Literature3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3700The Demolition of Man: Italian Perspectives on the Jewish Holocaust3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JPT 3100Tales of Kyoto3
JPT 3120Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation3
JPT 3121Contemporary Japanese Literature: Postwar to Postmodern3
JPT 3140Modern Women Writers3
JPT 3150Classical Japanese Poetry3
JPT 3300Samurai War Tales3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
JPT 4130The Tale of Genji3
JPT 4502Japanese Folklore3
JPT 4510Representations of Japan's Modern Empire3
PLT 3930Special Topics in Polish Studies3
RUT 3101Russian Masterpieces3
RUT 3441Tolstoy and Dostoevsky3
RUT 3442Themes from Russian Literature3
RUT 3443War and Peace3
RUT 3452Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century3
RUT 3503Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience3
RUT 3506Creative Lives: Writers, Artists, and Extraordinary People3
RUT 3514Russian Fairy Tales3
RUT 3530Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation3
RUT 3600The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes3
RUT 3930Variable Topics in Russian Studies3
RUT 4440Pushkin and Gogol3
RUT 4450Russian Modernism3
SST 4502African Oral Literature3
SSW 3303Swahili Oral Literature3
SSW 4713African Women Writers3
VTN 4930Special Topics in Vietnamese Studies3
YOR 4502Yoruba Oral Literature3
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
ARA 3510The Arab Woman3
CHT 3110Chinese Literary Heritage3
CHT 3123Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3513Taoism and Chinese Culture3
CHT 4111Dream of the Red Chamber3
CHT 4603Journey to the West3
GET 3200Medieval Literary Culture3
GET 3201Early Modern Literary Culture3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
JPT 3300Samurai War Tales3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
MEM 3003Introduction to the Medieval World3
MEM 3300Castles and Cloisters: An Introduction to Medieval Communities3
MEM 3301Palaces and Cities: An Introduction to Early Modern Communities3
MEM 3730Studies in the Holy Roman Empire3
MEM 3931Variable Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Studies3

The Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) major enables students to achieve communicative competence in their language(s) of specialization. Students will become knowledgeable in the culture and literature and/or linguistics associated with their language area(s) such that they will be able to critically analyze and evaluate authentic sources in the target language(s) and formulate independent, critical perspectives in the target language(s). Further, students will learn the intercultural skills and practical know-how necessary to negotiate traveling, studying, and living in the target culture(s).

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Satisfy the Florida statutes for the College-Level Academic Skills Requirement.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
  • Achieve one or more of the following, as determined by their specialization within the FLL program: an acceptable score on a language proficiency test and/or a satisfactory faculty evaluation of a term paper, final project, or oral presentation completed for a selected advanced course.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Describe and define cultural concepts, literary production, and/or linguistic structure in language(s) of specialization.

Critical Thinking

  1. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate texts according to their cultural, literary and/or linguistic content.

Communication

  1. Express critical competence in relation to the culture(s) of specialization through performance of comprehensive analysis in written and oral form.
  2. Display oral and written proficiency in language(s) of specialization.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
Category A1 I, R I I I, R, A
Category B2 I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A
1

Courses focus on the acquisition of the language(s) of specialization at the advanced level.

2

Courses address literary, cultural, cinematic, historical, and/or social questions.

Assessment Types

  • Proficiency exams
  • Term papers or final projects
  • Oral presentations