The Hebrew Program

For more than 30 years, the Hebrew Program at GW is dedicated to the study of Hebrew language, literature and culture.

Course offerings include Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Hebrew language courses, as well as courses delivered in English about Hebrew and Israeli literature and culture, such as “Israeli Cinema,” “Gender and Sexuality in Israel” and “Modern Hebrew Literary Classics.” We also offer a unique general education (G-PAC) Beginning Hebrew course (HEBR 1001), which combines learning basic Hebrew language skills with a thematic component focused on the history of the Hebrew language.

The program works in collaboration with the programs of Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic, Ancient Near East Studies, and Judaic Studies to offer curricular and extra-curricular learning opportunities on topics ranging from Biblical Hebrew to Modern Israeli culture. Our monthly Hebrew Café Program engages students and faculty in informal Hebrew conversation and cultural activities.

The Hebrew Program offers two minors:

The Minor in Hebrew combines rigorous study of Hebrew language with the study of Hebrew and Israeli literature and culture.

The Minor in Arabic and Hebrew Languages and Cultures (Hebrew track) allows students to study both Hebrew and Arabic and to develop wider intellectual perspectives on the linguistic and cultural commonalities between Arabic and Hebrew. 

In addition to GW students, the program also attracts members of the greater Washington, D.C. community and GW faculty and staff from different ethnic, national and religions backgrounds.


Meet the Language Coordinator

Photo of Orian Zakai

Undergraduate students who are considering a concentration in Hebrew are encouraged to speak to the Department’s Language Coordinator Orian Zakai by contacting her via email to setup an appointment to discuss your course of study. 

The Language Center

The Language Center

The GW Language Center supports language teaching/learning and research at GW. It provides resources and services to ensure the highest caliber language teaching and inquiry for GWU students, faculty, departments, and programs.

Hebrew Faculty

Undergraduate Admissions