Israel Studies (Minor)

Offered by the Israel Studies ProgramCollege of Arts and Sciences, the minor in Israel Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws on faculty and courses related to Israel from across the campus. Students take three core courses focused on the history and civilization of Israel and the relationships between Israel and the Arab world. They then take 9 additional credit hours in approved elective coursework. Students in the minor are encouraged to study abroad in Israel and to take Hebrew language courses.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the minor requires a grade point average of 2.00 and approval of the program director.

Minor Requirements

  • 18 credit hours with grades of C or better, a minimum of 9 credit hours at or above the 300-level, and at least 12 credit hours unique to the minor

Course Requirements

Core (9 credit hours)

Electives (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from the following with approval of the program director:

Note: Study abroad in Israel is highly recommended and with approval of the program director courses taken abroad may fulfill minor requirements.

About the Minor

AU's undergraduate minor in Israel Studies is one of the premier programs of its kind in the United States. Its focus is on Israel's history, unique political democracy, multicultural society, economic development, immigrant absorption, and international contributions in the arts, business, technology, sciences, and letters. Courses are offered in numerous areas including sociology, Jewish studies, history, and the School of International Service. Another feature of the minor is its seamless connection with study abroad in Israel. AU students are encouraged to study in Israel and receive credits toward the Israel Studies minor. The Center for Israel Studies complements the minor by hosting conferences and events to further educate individuals about Israel and Israel's contributions to the world.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Brenner, Abensohn Chair of Israel Studies, 202-885-2752,; or Laura Cutler, Managing Director, 202-885-3780,

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