Through your period of Hebrew study at the University of Maryland, you will gain knowledge and skills to function communicatively in a wide variety of linguistic situations.
Explore Hebrew Studies
Undergraduate Program in Hebrew
The undergraduate program in Hebrew Studies provides students with a sequence of courses from beginner to advanced that aligns with communicative teaching practices and ACTFL testing standards. Students will gain not only linguistic proficiency but cultural knowledge about Israeli current events, popular culture, technology and innovation and issues of gender, race and class in Israel and other Hebrew speaking communities. The program offers a minor.
The Hebrew program is part of both the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies. It is also affiliated with the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies. Students will have opportunities to use their Hebrew knowledge and work with scholars in the fields of modern Israeli politics, Jewish history and literature.
Dr. Avital Karpman (Ph.D., York University) is the director of the Hebrew program. Her research interests include identity and language learning, Hebrew pedagogy and teacher training, and most recently, mapping new initiatives in gender-inclusive and nonbinary Hebrew grammar.
About the Hebrew Program
In the skill sets of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, you will be exposed to meaningful, authentic texts, exercises, and linguistic tasks that will prepare you for real-life participation in informal and academic or professional settings. In addition, the program places a strong emphasis on the relationship between Hebrew and Israeli culture. You will be exposed to a variety of literary texts, films, advertisements, posters, art, music, journalism and websites that reflect multicultural Israeli society.
Advising and Courses
Before you contact the Advisor, please read about the major and minor. Also, please see
information about placement tests and the major declaration form, which has fields that you can type in directly (right column and top line).
Advisor: Dr. Avital Karpman
Office: 4105 Jimenez Hall
The College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) Office of Student Affairs provides college advising for all ARHU undergraduates in 1120 Francis Scott Key Hall.
Reimaging the Future of Hebrew in America with Sharon Avni & Avital Karpman
Beyond the Classroom
Language House Living and Learning Program
Develop Hebrew proficiency through this on-campus living and learning program.Hebrew Cluster
Deepen linguistic and cultural knowledge through an education abroad program.Hebrew Education Abroad
Language Partner Program
The Language Partner Program (LPP) offers majors in any SLLC program at UMD the opportunity to meet with international students outside the classroom and practice their target language in an informal yet structured way. For international students, the LPP provides a forum for connecting with U.S. students and integrating into the UMD campus.Language Partner Program