Minor in Modern Hebrew

The Modern Hebrew minor enriches students’ education by providing advanced proficiency in language skills and by enhancing understanding of Jewish and Israeli culture. This minor serves as an excellent complement for those studying in various fields, including business, political science, and international studies.

Students who minor in Modern Hebrew can find an advantage after graduation as they apply their skills and knowledge to work in business and nonprofits, public service, graduate programs, and more.

For questions, please contact Prof. Naomi Sokoloff (naosok@uw.edu) and/or UW Humanities Academic Services.

Declaring a Minor in Modern Hebrew

Students in good academic standing may declare the minor at any time by contacting their major adviser. Please see the Undergraduate Advising minors page for additional considerations about earning a minor.

Minor Requirements

30 credits

  1. MODHEB 201, MODHEB 202, MODHEB 203 (15 credits)
  2. Upper-division courses with the MODHEB prefix (10 credits)
  3. Elective coursework (5 credits): see the list below for approved courses
  4. Minimum of 15 credits at the 300 or 400 level
  5. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the minor
  6. Minimum 15 credits taken in residence through UW

The requirement to complete one or more of the language courses MODHEB 201, MODHEB 202, MODHEB 203 may be satisfied by taking a placement exam and testing out. A successful placement exam does not count towards the 30-credit requirement. Students entering the UW with proficiency in Hebrew beyond the second year of language training must take 20 credits of upper-division courses with the MODHEB prefix. In addition, they must earn 10 credits of electives; refer to the list below for approved courses.

*Please note: If a student pursues both a major and a minor in the MELC Department, 60% of the coursework applied to the minor is taken outside of the student's major requirements. This means these classes may not
apply both to satisfying major requirements and to satisfying the requirements for the minor.

Upper-division Courses with the MODHEB Prefix:

  • MODHEB 401 – Introduction to Hebrew Literature (3)
  • MODHEB 402 – Introduction to Hebrew Literature (5)
  • MODHEB 404 – Hebrew Poetry (5)
  • MODHEB 405 – Hebrew Fiction (5)
  • MODHEB 406 – Hebrew Poems & Prayers (5)
  • MODHEB 407 – Hebrew in Song (5)
  • MODHEB 408 – Modern Hebrew Prose (5)
  • MODHEB 490 Supervised Study (1-­6, max. 18)
  • MODHEB 496 Special Studies in Modern Hebrew (3-­5, max. 15)
  • MODHEB 499 Undergraduate Research (1­-6, max. 18)


  • Any upper-division course with the MODHEB prefix
  • MODHEB 100 –Introduction to Hebrew Language and Culture (2)
  • MELC 101 – Gateway to the Middle East (5)
  • MELC 287 – The Middle East in Song (2)
  • MELC 310 Jewish Literature: Foundations and Re-imaginings (5)
  • MELC 316 – Israeli Identities (5) 
  • MELC 317 – Jewish Life in Literature & Film (5)
  • MELC 318 – Literature & the Holocaust (5)
  • MELC 321– Israel in Film (2)
  • MELC 325 – Modern Hebrew Literature in English (3)