The Israeli Studies minor provides students with the knowledge and multidisciplinary skills to examine Israeli history, politics and culture. It serves students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds, and complements majors in Anthropology, Arabic, Art History, Comparative Literature, Geography, History, Judaic Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. Students who are pre-law or pre-health, but interested in the humanities and social sciences will find a home in Israel Studies.
Internships, Research Opportunities and More
Our unique program focuses on experiential learning. Israel Studies at Binghamton offers undergraduate students courses, lectures, programs, grants and fellowships to examine the history, literature and culture of modern Israel. Grants are available to support undergraduate research and creative work.
Some courses to consider in your first year:
ISRL 120 - Intro to Israeli Literature
This survey courses introduces students to the many forms of (poetry, short‐stories,
novels) and themes in (ethnic and religious tension, conflict, love, identity) Israeli literature. Texts will be read in translations. Texts in the original may be provided for students with relevant language skills. 4 credits. Offered reguarly.
ISRL 150 - Modern Israel
A survey of modern Israel from pre-state Ottoman times to the present including the rise of Jewish nationalism (Zionism), the British Mandate, the emergence of State of Israel, Israeli-Palestinian relations, and contemporary Israel. Thematic emphasis may vary. Offered regularly. 4 credits.
HEBR 101 - Hebrew I
Communicative introduction to the language and its culture. Provides a thorough grounding in reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. Intended for beginners, whose knowledge does not exceed 50 Hebrew words. No prerequisites. 4 credits. Offered in Fall.
ARAB 150 - Intro 2 Islam: Texts &Contexts
This course is a survey of religious currents in the Islamic world, past and present. In an attempt to explore the enduring ties that bind the myriad interpretations of Islam across time and space to their universal foundations, each week will be devoted to a different aspect of Islam. Topics include the life of Muhammad; major themes of the Quran; the Imamate in Shīʿī Islam; Sufism and the aesthetics of Islamic mysticism; Islamic messianism; and Islam in America and American Islam abroad. Offered every two years in spring. 4 credits.
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