Israel and the Middle East are constantly at the center of world attention. The area’s geopolitical significance, regional conflicts that affect global stability, and the hopes and fears emanating from the “Arab Spring” and the recent rise of ISIS all contribute to widespread interest in this field of study. RIS provides an interdisciplinary approach to this exciting area of study, combining courses from relevant fields such as religious studies, history, conflict studies, international relations, political systems, sociology, anthropology, geography, Hebrew, and Arabic.
As a student of Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS), you will have the opportunity to study with leading scholars while living in Jerusalem, one of the most important and dynamic cities in the Middle East. Your studies will include field trips and meetings with expert practitioners. In some programs, you will be encouraged to intern with one of a number of organizations or research institutes. Learn more about our programs below.
Summer & Short-Term
All courses are open to both undergraduate and graduate students:
- The Riddle of Jerusalem: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Holy City
- The Emergence of the Modern State of Israel
- Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice: Israel as a Case Study
- The Politics of Jerusalem
- Understanding Israeli Identities Hands-On
- Summer Language Programs
- Coexistence in the Middle East
Individual summer semester graduate courses are also available through our study abroad program.
Individual Undergraduate Courses
Provided as examples only and subject to change:
- Israeli Politics
- Human Rights in Israel
- Radical Islamic Movements in a Changing Middle East
- Theories of International Relations and the Realities of the Middle East
- Issues in Israeli Society
- Between Washington and Jerusalem: 70 Years of Israeli-American Relations
- The History of the Modern State of Israel
- The Arab-Israeli Conflict
- History of Art in Israel from the Yishuv to the Present
- Introduction to Popular Culture in Israel
- Israel’s Economy in the Global Context
- Challenges of Regional Cooperation
- Archaeology of Jerusalem
- Middle Eastern Christianity as a Minority under Islam: Politics and Religion in Historical Context (7th to 14th Centuries)
- Bible and Babel: Studies in Biblical Narrative and the Ancient Near East
- Religion and Conflict in the Middle East: A Jewish Perspective
- Negotiating Middle East Peace
- Israeli Narratives of War and Peace
- Foreign Policy of Israel
- Media and Nationalism from an Israeli Perspective
- Diversity and Coexistence
- Jerusalem’s Architectural Heritage: A Tale of a City and Its Buildings
As an undergraduate student, you can choose to tailor your courses to suit your academic interests, selecting from among RIS courses and English-taught courses in other HebrewU faculties, such as in the humanities, social sciences, and law.
- Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies (M.A. or non-degree)
- Israel Studies (M.A. or non-degree)
Non-Degree Graduate Studies
As a graduate student from another institution studying abroad with us, you can also choose to tailor your courses to suit your academic interests in a study abroad program or as a visiting research student, selecting from among RIS courses and English-taught courses in other HebrewU faculties, such as in the humanities, social sciences, and law.