Degree in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies


Program Description

  • Official title: Graduate in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies
  • Branch of knowledge: Arts and Humanities
  • Center: Faculty of Philology
  • Type of teaching: On-site
  • Spanish Language
  • Duration: 4 academic courses
  • ECTS credits: 240
  • Places of new entry 2019-20: 50


In the academic year 2010-11 the first course of the Degree in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies and is taught simultaneously with other 9 Degrees of the Faculty of Philology:

  • Degree in German Studies
  • Degree in Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Degree in Classical Philology
  • Degree in French Studies
  • Degree in Hispanic Philology
  • Degree in English Studies
  • Degree in Italian Studies
  • Degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
  • Degree in Languages, Literatures and Romance Cultures

As of the 2015-2016 academic year, the 11th Grade is taught: Degree in East Asian Studies.

All the degrees have a great common trunk in the first two years of the degree, so that they share all the transversal basic training, all the basic philological training (Second language, General Linguistics, Theory of literature, etc.) and a catalog common of elective subjects with general and introductory content. In this way, the student can design his curriculum combining the various possibilities offered by the joint design of plans in the first two years, and thus can set the list of subjects of degree so that you can guide your career towards a more linguistic slope , more literary or more cultural. For the same reasons, the transfer of credits between the different degrees is favored.115657_salamanca_hebreos.jpg

The implementation of this Degree continues and improves the humanistic links of the Universidad de Salamanca with the Hebrew and Aramaic studies, already present in this institution from the first half of the 20th century. XIV through the Chair of Trilingual (Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic). The Degree offers a rigorous training in the knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic languages and cultures from their earliest linguistic and literary stages to the present, as well as the possibility of studying other Semitic languages. The title thus responds to the interest that continues to arouse in our society the knowledge of the historical and literary bases of the Bible, the socio-religious traditions of the Jewish people and their cultural legacy both in Spain and in the rest of Europe.

In 2017 this Degree has renewed its accreditation.


Basic skills

  1. That students have demonstrated to possess and understand knowledge in the area / s of study that starts from the base of general secondary education, and is usually found at a level, that although it is supported by advanced textbooks, it also includes some aspects that imply knowledge coming from the vanguard of their field of study.
  2. That students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the skills that are usually demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and problem solving within their area of study.
  3. That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of study) to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.
  4. That students can transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to a specialized and non-specialized public.
  5. That the students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

General Competences

  1. Develop the ability to receive, understand and transmit scientific production in Spanish, Hebrew and Aramaic.
  2. Develop the ability to critically evaluate the consulted bibliography and to frame it in a theoretical perspective.
  3. Relate philological knowledge with other areas and disciplines.

Specific Competences

  1. That the student has an intermediate level of communicative competence in the Hebrew and Aramaic languages, corresponding to level B1 established in the European Reference Framework for language teaching.
  2. That the student knows the morphological, syntactic, phonetic, pragmatic, lexical-semantic, textual and discursive characteristics of the Hebrew and Aramaic languages in a way that allows him / her to understand the structure, functioning and function of both languages.
  3. That the student has a remarkable level of competence in the field of translation of Hebrew and Aramaic texts of different periods and styles.
  4. That the student is capable of handling basic reference works: monolingual and bilingual dictionaries, general encyclopedias, bibliographic and electronic resources.
  5. That the student has a basic knowledge of the historical (diachronic) evolution of the Hebrew and Aramaic languages.
  6. That the student is able to know, understand and judge the value of the Hebrew and Aramaic literary tradition and thus recover the social function of literature and literary studies.
  7. That the student knows the mutual influences and affinities between the Hebrew and Aramaic literatures and Spanish literature and possesses an overview of the reception of these literatures in these three cultures. It must also be able to unite and associate, through thematic and genre journeys, the Hebrew and Aramaic literatures with other foreign literatures, in the perspective of a literary culture not only national but also European.
  8. That the student knows the basic concepts of literary science (history of literature, comparative literature, theory of literature and literary criticism) and the conceptual terms related to the methodology of literary analysis.
  9. That the student acquire a solid intercultural awareness based on knowledge and understanding of the similarities and differences between the cultural universe itself and that of the Jewish and Aramaic communities. It is about training the student so that from a critical view he can evaluate the practices and products of his own culture and those of the Jewish and Aramaic cultures.
  10. That the student develops a research competence that allows him to investigate, reflect and discuss problems related to the Jewish and Aramaic cultures.
  11. That the student is trained to use the tools of computer technologies and telematic communication in specific areas of competence.
  12. To carry out activities of cultural and linguistic advice in a national and international scope as well as in the field of private enterprise.

Admission profile

The recommended entry profile is that of having completed the Bachelor of Humanities and Social Sciences or, as a second option, the Artistic Baccalaureate. It is also aimed at students with a degree in other areas of Humanities who are interested in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies and who wish to start this Degree as a complement to their academic and / or professional training. Some desirable characteristics:

  • Capacity for oral and written expression in the Spanish language.
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize the information received.
  • Basic knowledge of Spanish grammar, linguistics and literature, such as those acquired during Compulsory Secondary Education and the Baccalaureate.
  • Basic knowledge of a foreign language.
  • Basic knowledge about the linguistic, literary and cultural fact.
  • Interest in the study of the subjects of the letters, in particular those related to languages, literatures and the Hebrew and Aramaic cultures in particular and Semitic in general.
  • Interest and curiosity to explore the differences between the mother tongue and culture and the language and culture of other countries, as well as a willingness to dialogue, plurality and tolerance towards different cultural manifestations.
  • Interest and taste for reading as a means of personal and professional enrichment.
  • Positive evaluation of independent study, self-discipline and self-evaluation through the adoption of an active and participatory role in the learning process.

Recommended subjects

  • Performing Arts
  • Greek II
  • History of art
  • Latin II
  • Universal Literature

Access, Pre-registration, Admission and Registration

  • No specific access test is provided other than the general access to university education, regulated state and autonomously.
  • The level of Spanish language access is B1 in the case of undergraduate students in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies who do not have Spanish as their mother tongue or have studied university access (selectivity) in countries where Spanish is the language of choice. instruction.
  • Level of Hebrew and Aramaic is not required since the teachings are started from an initiation level.

Students with partial official university studies who wish to be admitted to this degree should consult the requirements in the section "Transfer of file" of the Academic Guide of the degree in this same web.

Academic and Professional Exits

Once you finish the Degree in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies, we suggest you study one of the following University Master's Degrees at the USAL , if you opt for a greater specialization:

  • The Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language
  • Spanish and Latin American Literature, Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature
  • Textual Heritage and Digital Humanities
  • Advanced Studies in Philosophy
  • Studies in East Asia (Specialty 1: Korean Studies, Specialty 2: Japanese Studies, Specialty 3: General East Asia)
  • Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact
  • ICT in Education: Analysis and Design of Processes, Resources and Training Practices
  • Logic and Philosophy of Science
  • Texts of Classical Antiquity and its Survival
  • Translation and Intercultural Mediation
  • ESO and Baccalaureate Teacher, Vocational Training and Language Teaching

Graduates who have successfully completed the Hebrew and Aramaic Studies Degree from the Universidad de Salamanca , in addition to being able to access specific postgraduate courses to complete their training, will have training that will allow them to carry out various professional activities in the following fields:

  • Teaching of Hebrew and Aramaic languages, literatures and cultures in the field of university education, both in public and private centers.
  • Philological and historical research in Hebrew and Aramaic language, literature and culture.
  • Research in theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics and contrastive linguistics related to both languages and their teaching.
  • Research in the field of linguistic, literary and historical methodologies applied to the learning of Hebrew and Aramaic as well as to the dissemination of the legacy of both cultures in society.
  • Teaching of the Spanish language as a foreign language (ELE) in the center of the Cervantes Institute located in Israel.
  • Treatment of ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary Hebrew and Aramaic texts.
  • Linguistic and cultural mediation in the field of communicative interactions with Jewish communities and Assyrian-Chaldean minorities.
  • Works in certain levels of the world of publishing with titles and contents directly related to the Hebrew and Aramaic language and culture: coordination of collections, proofreading, terminological correction, linguistic and literary consultancies, etc.
  • Collaboration and linguistic and literary advice in different media on topics related to the Hebrew and Aramaic culture.
  • Literary and artistic criticism of cultural manifestations related to the Hebrew and Aramaic world.
  • Cultural management in the scope of different public organisms: ministries, autonomous communities, town halls (Network of Jewish Quarters), embassies and consulates.
  • Cultural management in the field of different private organizations (foundations, companies, banks, cultural associations, etc.) that promote the dissemination of Jewish civilization and Aramaic cultures.
  • Technical level work in the elaboration of cultural and informative materials related to the Spanish-Jewish and Israeli tourism field.
  • Management of cultural assets and advice in Librarianship tasks (advising on the cataloging of Hebrew and Aramaic collections), Archival (identification of manuscripts in Hebrew and Aramaic) and Museistics (Sephardic Museum of Toledo, Provincial Museums or other international museums with sections that require specialists in Hebrew, Aramaic and Semitic cultures in general).

The USAL facilitates your professional insertion. Links of interest:

  • Professional orientation.
  • Training for employment.
  • Employment exchange.
  • Advice on business creation.
  • Practices for students.
  • Practices for graduates.
Last updated Mar 2020

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