In the Judaic Studies Program, undergraduate students explore over 3,000 years of history and culture, from the history of Jewish civilization to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the origins of Zionism to modern Hebrew language. The program’s interdisciplinary nature allows students to take courses with award-winning faculty from various disciplines, including religion, history and international affairs.
Whether students major or minor in the program, all enjoy the benefits of small class size and close interaction with faculty and fellow students. Additionally, students can take advantage of the cultural incubator that is Washington, D.C., with art museums, archives and events celebrating Jewish culture all within walking distance.
Hebrew courses are a popular choice among Judaic Studies Program students fulfilling elective requirements for the bachelor's degree or minor. Part of the GW Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Hebrew program helps students develop intermediate to advanced levels of Hebrew proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening. In addition to undergraduate students, the Hebrew curriculum also attracts members of the greater Washington, D.C., community and GW faculty and staff.
"GW's Judaic Studies program strengthened my own Jewish identity in unexpected yet formative ways. Exchanging experiences and perspectives with classmates on the Diaspora, Israel, the Holocaust and American Jewry allowed me to critically evaluate my own preconceived notions and positions."
Minor in Hebrew, ’19
Undergraduate Student Resources
News and Film
- Ergo Media: Commercial distributor of Israeli films
- Haaretz: The longest-running Israeli newspaper currently in print
- Maariv: National Hebrew-language daily newspaper published in Israel
- Mifgash.com: General media reference source of print and broadcast news
- National Center for Jewish Films
- Yedioth: National daily newspaper published in Tel Aviv, Israel
Education and Research
- Snunit: General educational materials and references in Hebrew
- Mechon Mamre: Hebrew/English Bible and online commentary
Book peer tutoring or review sessions, research and writing help, step-by-step study strategies, language support and more.
Explore on-campus libraries and online research databases.
Sign up for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, practice with language meet-up groups, take a language exam or talk to someone about waiving language requirements.
CCAS Undergraduate Advising
Get assistance from your Columbian College academic advisor to navigate declaring a major or minor and other academic support.
Make a free appointment to work with a writing consultant on your next project, from the brainstorming phase through drafting and revising.
Center for Career Services
Take advantage of career and job search coaching, self-assessment services, résumé development, networking and more. (Services offered to students and alumni.)
Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
Search and apply for undergraduate fellowships and research awards.
Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Awards
Apply for a $500 grant to fund research project supplies, conference travel, off-site archival visits, videography and more.
Student Accounts Office
View current tuition and aid information. Applicants who request financial aid will be considered for all forms of aid available based on criteria including undergraduate GPA, courses taken, recommendations, extracurricular activities and GRE scores.
Student Financial Assistance
Look for scholarships, Federal Work-Study positions, military benefits and other funding assistance.
Student Research Commons
Find paid research jobs, fellowships, seminars and other events available in the GW community.
Undergraduate Research Award
Apply for this $5,000 research award, open to first-years, sophomores and juniors.