Students always want to know if the courses they sign up for will count – toward a major, a minor, a certificate, a foreign language requirement, the new undergraduate Diversity requirement, or Areas of Knowledge such as VLPA (Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts) and I&S (Individuals and Societies), all of which help students move forward to graduation.
What about the courses in our Modern Hebrew program? The answer is a resounding YES YES YES! They count. But exactly how they count is not always obvious from the Time Schedule, and first year language courses can be especially tricky, so here are a few pointers:
Everything you always wanted to know about VLPA, but were afraid to ask:
In the College of Arts and Sciences:
- Elementary Modern Hebrew language classes can count EITHER to fulfill the foreign language requirement or to earn VLPA. You choose! You can use our first-year sequence to meet your FL requirement, or, if you have already met your FL requirement with another language, then you can earn 15 credits of VLPA by taking HEBR 411-412-413.
- Our summer intensive course (HEBR 401) is the equivalent of HEBR 411-412-413, so that’s another great option for meeting either FL or VLPA requirements.
- One important thing to keep in mind, though: you can only count these credits toward VLPA if you complete through the third quarter (HEBR 413). If you take HEBR 411 and/or HEBR 412 and then drop Hebrew, oh well – no VLPA.
- All language courses at the second-year level and beyond can count toward VLPA. That means HEBR 421-422-423 and all of our literature and culture courses with an HEBR prefix.
Engineers, take note: your options are different in the College of Engineering. Only HEBR 413 and above may count toward VLPA.
Other colleges and schools within the University have other policies. Want to read the fine print? For more information on FL requirements, transfer credit, and grading options, check out the details at Advising in Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
Majors and Minors
Elementary and intermediate language sequences in Modern Hebrew count toward majors both in NELC (Near Eastern Languages and Civilization) and in Jewish Studies. Five credits – from HEBR 413, HEBR 421, HEBR 422, or HEBR 423 — may count toward a minor in Jewish Studies. More advanced text and culture courses – such as HEBR 451, HEBR 452, HEBR 456, and HEBR 457 – count toward both the majors and the minors in NELC and Jewish Studies.
The New Diversity Requirement
Starting Autumn Quarter 2014: Professor Sokoloff’s course “Literature and the Holocaust” (NEAR E 441/C LIT 441) will count toward the new UW Diversity Requirement. Students who wish to continue their study of Hebrew beyond the second year level may take this course, read some of the texts in their original Hebrew, and receive an additional 2 credits of HEBR 490 (Independent Study).
Similar arrangements for HEBR 490 can be made for students who take “Israeli Identities” (NEAR E 326). This course also counts toward the Diversity Requirement.
“Literature and the Holocaust,” “Israeli Identities,” and “Literature of Emerging Nations: Modern Hebrew” (C LIT 323) are taught as W courses.
You can learn more about our curriculum, placement, Credit by Exam, and transfer credits at Modern Hebrew FAQs.
There are plenty of options to study Hebrew at UW beyond second year language classes, and solutions can be found if our usual courses do not exactly match your skill level. Want to learn more? Contact Professor Sokoloff.