Minor in Israel Studies

Binghamton is one of the only Universities with three tenure-track Israel Studies faculty teaching undergraduates. Our unique program focuses on experiential learning.

The Israel Studies minor serves students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. The minor 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.

We offer and are developing a wide range of courses, including the history of modern Israel (including the Ottoman and Mandate periods), hiking in the holy land, ISR-PAL relations, Zionist movements and thinkers and their critics, Israeli politics and society, comparative Middle Eastern politics, modern Hebrew language and Israeli literatures.

The minor in Israel Studies will provide students with the knowledge and multidisciplinary skills to examine Israeli history, politics, and culture.

The Program of Study for the Minor in Israel Studies consists of:

  • Minimum of 6 courses (24 credit hours)
  • Half of the courses for the minor must be at the 300 or 400 level
  • At least 3 courses used for the minor must be taken at Binghamton University
  • Two courses above the 102 level in either Hebrew or Arabic language or literature
    Students who pass the test of language proficiency in either Hebrew or Arabic will be required to substitute 2 courses for the language requirement
  • A course on the history of modern Israel
  • A course on politics, cultures, and societies of modern Israel
  • 2 electives in Israel Studies
  • No course with a grade lower than C  can be counted toward the Israel Studies minor
  • No P/F courses can be counted toward the Israel Studies minor
  • Harpur College general requirements apply.