Hebrew Program

Over the last 25 years the Hebrew Program at GW has grown to include four full years of language study. 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.

The goal of the GW Hebrew Program is to enable students to achieve intermediate to advance levels of Hebrew proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening. The program offers seven different Hebrew courses. First-year Beginning Hebrew I and II and second-year Intermediate Hebrew I and II introduce students to functional proficiencies necessary for daily communication in a variety of familiar and immediate situations (classroom, home, and casual daily communications that involve basic information).

Third-year Hebrew (Hebrew 3001 and 3301) is designed to take students from the intermediate to intermediate-high and advanced levels by further developing all four skills through readings of nonfiction and fiction, listening to online radio broadcasts and by watching films and television programs. An additional course is offered in the spring semester of third year, The Israeli Media (Hebrew 3302), which examines current Israeli politics and culture through various media (newspapers, radio, television and film). All third year courses are conducted entirely in Hebrew and include extensive reading and writing as part of the curriculum. Fourth year Hebrew offers two semesters of Advanced Hebrew Literature (Hebrew 4001). Selections from Hebrew literature and poetry throughout the ages are included in the syllabus. Oral and written literary analysis of the texts is done in Hebrew.

Our language instructors are professionals who have native or near-native knowledge of Hebrew. They bring with them extensive knowledge and experience, a love for the language and a dedication to our students. For additional information, please contact the department.

Meet the Language Coordinator

Orian Zakai

Undergraduate students who are considering either majoring or minoring in Hebrew are encouraged to speak to the Department’s Language Coordinator Orian Zakai during office hours 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