MASTER OF ARTS IN NEAR EASTERN LANGUAGES    (2 Years)

 

This program consists of intensive modern and ancient language courses as well as courses in history, philosophy, and literature of the ancient and contemporary Near East. The program is designed for students who wish to take up a career in semitic philology, journalism, history, and languages, and study the history of the Near East, Eastern Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. This program is ideal for students interested in the fields of the Hebrew Bible, Arabic heritage, and manuscript studies.

MA graduates and students registered in the second year of the MA may apply to Emphasis in Teaching Ancient & Modern Languages.

The application form is available here. Details on scholarships can be found here

FIRST YEAR 2020-2021

SECOND YEAR 2021-2022

Mandatory Language Courses*                                             ECTS

Mandatory Language Courses*                                                ECTS

Hebrew** 

Hebrew **

Modern Standard Arabic 1

Modern Standard Arabic 2

Spoken Arabic 1 (intensive)

Spoken Arabic 2 

Spoken Arabic 3 

10.0

10.0

 6.0

 6.0

 8.0

 8.0

Hebrew** 

Hebrew **

Modern Standard Arabic 3

Modern Standard Arabic 4

10.0

10.0

 6.0

 6.0

Mandatory Theoretical and Practical Courses                    ECTS

Phonetics and Phonology

Derivational Morphology

Historical Geography III/IV***

Introduction to Arabic Literature

Introduction to Hebrew Literature

Jewish Sources

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.5

1.5

*Students with no prior knowledge of the target language must start with Level 1. Students with prior knowledge must complete a written and oral placement test and receive a grade in order to validate a level. More information about the levels offered here.

 

**Students must choose between Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew.

***Each course is 2 ECTS. Students should take 4 out of the 8 ECTS offered throughout the program. 

****Each course is 2 ECTS. Students should take 4 out of the 6 ECTS offered throughout the program. 

Mandatory Theoretical and Practical Courses                      ECTS

Historical Geography I/II*

History of the Near East I/II/III**

Issues in Semitic Languages

APS 1: Arabic Folklore & Popular Stories

APS 2: Arabic in  Media

Arabic Philosophy

2.0

4.0

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

Research Track:           - Master's Thesis

 

Non-Research Track:  - Seminar Paper
                                      - Extra Mandatory Courses

                                      - Speech in Semitic Language

 

20.0

10.0

4.0

6.0

Theoretical ECTS + Thesis

Language ECTS: 

Total required ECTS:   

  42.5

  88.0

130.5

ELECTIVE COURSES* (can be chosen over the two years without additional fees)                  

Courses                                                                         ECTS

Courses                                                                      ECTS

Modern Hebrew (Gimel, Gimel+)

Spoken Arabic (4, 5, 6)

Biblical Hebrew (V)

Biblical Hebrew Readings 

Classical Syriac

Coptic (I, II) 

Latin (I, II)

Latin (III, IV)

10.0

8.0

6.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

8.0

6.0

Historical Geography (I, II, III, IV)

History of the Near East (I, II, III)

Issues in Teaching Languages

Lexicon, Code, and Interaction

Medieval Sources

Patristic Sources

Rabbinic and Early Christian Literature

Syntax of Natural Languages

2.0

2.0

1.5

2.0

2.0

1.0

1.5

2.0

*Students may request to register for elective courses from other programs for additional fees. Elective courses are subject to change.

 

EMPHASIS IN TEACHING ANCIENT & MODERN LANGUAGES

MA graduates and students registered in the second year of the MA or have the equivalent language level according to the Polis method may apply to the Emphasis in Teaching Ancient & Modern Languages, a track that focuses on the particularities of teaching languages in an immersive setting. Students following this track will gain first-hand experience in teaching and the ability to participate in methodological courses and workshops. 

Registration for the Emphasis track grants an additional 8.5 ECTS free of charge. 

Mandatory Courses                                                          ECTS

Assistant Teaching

Issues in Teaching Languages

Workshops

4.0

1.5

3.0

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This program, offered at the Polis Institute in Jerusalem, is accredited by the University of Navarra (Spain).

ECTS = European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System

Address:
8 HaAyin Het St.

9511208 Jerusalem.

info@polisjerusalem.org
Tel: +972 (0)74 7011048

Fax: +972(0)74 7021931