The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics does not offer a degree program but there is a Certificate of Proficiency in Modern Hebrew Language and courses are offered in Hebrew. The degree program in Jewish Studies, housed in the Department of Humanities, requires courses in Hebrew.
Entry to Hebrew courses: Students will be placed in classes at a level that suits their previous experience.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
S561 Ross Building
The Hebrew language program in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers a variety of courses that introduce you to Hebrew language and literature through different periods of their fascinating history - from Biblical Hebrew through Rabbinic and Medieval Hebrew to Modern Hebrew. In our courses students learn Hebrew through communicative and interactive methods and they engage in critical study of monumental Hebrew literary works: the Bible, the Mishna, the Talmud, biblical commentaries, and contemporary Hebrew literature. Our mission is to provide an outstanding curriculum and to promote knowledge and understanding of Hebrew language and literature, Israeli society and culture, Jewish history and Jewish thought.
Hebrew is a vital tool for academic work in many disciplines. Students can take Hebrew courses to fulfill requirements of the Jewish studies major or minor, the Jewish Teacher Education program in the Faculty of Education and the Advanced Certificate in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Our courses are offered at all levels, from introductory to advanced and are open to students in any discipline.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers one of the widest selections of languages of any Canadian university: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Greek (both Classical and Modern), Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Jamaican Creole, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Yiddish. The ESL section fosters the developing abilities of domestic and international students to use English for academic purposes, allowing them to engage more fully in their programs. The study of foreign languages and literatures makes communication possible among people of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds and fosters intercultural understanding. This enables our students to engage the global community thoughtfully and creatively.
The department also offers courses in linguistics, the discipline concerned with discovering the organizing principles of human language and applying these principles to the description of individual languages. Linguistics attempts to answer questions about the structure of languages, about how languages are alike and how they differ, about how children acquire language, about the relation between language and thought, language perception and production, as well as language and society. As a result, the study of linguistics can provide new perspectives on almost every aspect of the humanities and social sciences.
The department offers courses leading to Honours BA and BA degrees in German Studies, Italian Culture, Italian Studies, Linguistics, Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies and Spanish, as well as graduate MA and PhD degrees in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. The department also offers Certificates of Language Proficiency in Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Students may also take courses in Hebrew towards an Advanced Certificate in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, offered by the Department of Humanities. The department’s language programs, through their various courses and language proficiency certificates, contribute to a variety of area studies and interdisciplinary programs: African Studies, Business and Society, Classical Studies, East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Hellenic Studies, International Development Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, South Asian Studies, Religious Studies and Women’s Studies. The department's language programs may also contribute to a variety of graduate programs such as Development Studies. For specific program requirements, certificate requirements and course listings, please consult the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Programs of Study section.
Certificate of Proficiency in Modern Hebrew Language - Certificate Requirements
Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Graduating with a certificate: except where otherwise stated, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.00 is required to satisfy certificate requirements. Students must also submit application to graduate from a certificate program. Applications should be obtained from and filed with the unit administering the certificate program. Transcript notation that the requirements for a certificate have been completed will be made once the Registrar’s Office has received notice from the unit administering the program. Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program if they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree and a certificate program. The Faculty does not award certificates retroactively. Refer to the Academic Standards section for details of the undergraduate certificate minimum standards.
York University students may earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Modern Hebrew Language concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies.
The Certificate of Proficiency in Modern Hebrew Language offered by DLLL accredits candidates who have advanced knowledge of the structures of Modern Hebrew allowing them to communicate in most formal and informal everyday conversations. Students who qualify for the Certificate of Proficiency in Modern Hebrew Language demonstrate oral fluency and can also manage most advanced points of grammar and style in writing and reading the target language.
To apply for the certificate, students must have successfully completed at least 18 credits in Modern Hebrew language in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics with a minimum grade of B+ in the last upper level course taken.