Certificate in Modern Hebrew

What Is Modern Hebrew ?

For over 2500 years since the biblical period, the Hebrew language has been in continuous use. Revived in the crucible of nineteenth century Zionism and the emergence of the modern state of Israel, contemporary Hebrew represents the intersection of antiquity and modernity, tradition and innovation, and Israel and its surrounding cultures.

Success Factors

The certificate in modern Hebrew is awarded to students who have attained advanced competency in the Hebrew language by successfully completing the Hebrew language program offered by the department of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati. The certificate recognizes the attainment of a significant academic competency: the ability to read, speak, write and understand the Hebrew language. Furthermore, by studying Hebrew, students open their minds to different forms of thinking and expression, the priceless result of engagement with a foreign culture.

Career Possibilities

A certificate in modern Hebrew enables students to demonstrate linguistic competency to future employers and graduate schools that require either proficiency in a foreign language in general, or specifically in Hebrew. In addition to positions in Hebrew education, students seeking careers in Jewish institutions will be particularly attractive. The certificate will also facilitate travel and study abroad.

Major Details

The certificate in modern Hebrew consists of nine courses with a total of 33 credits. Students may receive credit towards the certificate based on previous course work, study abroad, and/or a placement test. Students must complete the final year of advanced Hebrew at UC.


This curriculum information is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this major. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for planning with an academic or faculty advisor.

If you are currently enrolled at UC, you can audit your degree online. If you are considering transferring to this major from another school use the course applicability system (CAS) to see how credits you have earned will apply to this major at UC. For course descriptions by college, click here.

To obtain the certificate in modern Hebrew, students must:

1. Complete or place out of the basic language sequence. Either option (a) or (b):

     a. JUDC 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116 (Extended Basic Hebrew) 18 credits

     b. JUDC 101, 102, 103 (Basic Hebrew) 15 credits

2. Complete or place out of the intermediate language sequence:

     JUDC 211, 212, 213 (Second Year Hebrew) 9 credits

3. Complete the Advanced Hebrew sequence with a B-minus average or better:

     JUDC 331, 332, 333 (Advanced Hebrew Composition and Conversation) 9 credits

4. Fill out the modern Hebrew certificate form and turn it in to the undergraduate advisor upon completion of the above requirements.  In addition, you must submit an online declaration of the certificate.

Special Opportunities

Students in UC College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tri-state location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any other college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the undergraduate advisor and provide the modern Hebrew certificate form.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, you must do the following: