Majors and Minors in Hebrew & Judaic Studies
To declare a major or minor in Hebrew & Judaic Studies, please print out and fill in the appropriate form from below and set up a meeting with Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Hasia Diner, to obtain a signature of approval. Please contact Madeleine Goico, Department Assistant, with all general inquiries.
A major in Hebrew and Judaic Studies requires a minimum of 36 credits. At least one course must be completed in each of four chronological divisions: 1) biblical, 2) ancient/rabbinic, 3) medieval, and 4) modern. Students must also demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew language equivalent to Intermediate Hebrew II. A minimum of twenty credits must be taken in residence at NYU. Only one class may be double-counted toward another degree.
Declaration of Major Form
A minor in Hebrew and Judaic Studies requires the completion of four courses (16 credits) from the department offerings. All Hebrew courses may be counted toward the minor. A minimum of eight credits must be taken at NYU. Only one course may be double-counted toward another degree.
Declaration of Minor Form
ContactsDepartment Assistant (Undergrad Admin)
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Prof. Mark Smith
Office hours: By appointment
Director of the Hebrew Language Program
Prof. Rosalie Kamelhar
Office hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 12:30 - 1:30 and by appointment
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept the Jerusalem Exam for credit towards the major/minor?
No. If you receive a 75 or above, the college grants you 8 elective credits, but these do not count toward the major.
Contact your college advising office to inquire about how to receive elective credit toward your degree.
I am double-majoring with another department. Can I double count courses?
You may double count one course (4 credits) for either the major or minor.
Can my transfer credits from another university count towards the major/minor?
The department will only accept transfer credits that have first been approved by your college (i.e. CAS, Steinhardt, LSP, etc). You may transfer a maximum of 8 credits toward the minor or 16 credits toward the major. Please bring a copy of your transcript from any non-NYU institution with you to your initial meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Where can I find a list of the current course offerings?
The most accurate list of course offerings can be found in Albert. The department also posts current course offerings on the Undergraduate page.
Independent studies may only be taken in special circumstances, typically when a student has already taken a course with a professor and wishes to pursue a topic covered in that course in greater depth. The independent study must be approved by the advising faculty member. Independent Studies can be taken for 1-4 credits. Please submit a completed and signed Independent Study Agreement Form to the HJS Department Assistant in order to receive a permission code to register on Albert.
I am a student in Tisch / Stern / Steinhardt. Do I need to do any special paperwork to declare my major or minor?
Yes, you will need to obtain signatures on paperwork from your home school as well as indicate to the Hebrew & Judaic Studies department that you are a non CAS student so that we know to proccess an extra memo to the University registrar on your behalf.
Can I receive transfer credit from a Yeshivah program?
No, only credits from universities are recognized.
Can I spend a semester or year in Israel and earn major credit?
Yes, if you study at an Israeli university or NYU Tel Aviv. All courses must be pre-approved by the DUGS. You may transfer a maximum of 16 credits toward the major.
Which MAP courses can be counted towards the major/minor?
MAP-UA 514, "World Cultures: Ancient Israel," and MAP-UA 537, "World Cultures: Modern Israel"
How long does it take for my major/minor to show up on Albert?
Processing time is typically 2-3 weeks.