Department Chair: Dr. Ronen A. Cohen
About the Department
The Department of Middle Eastern Studies was established in 2004. Its new and innovative program combines Middle Eastern studies, Arabic, Political Science and Israel studies. The program is unique among Middle East and Political Science programs in Israel since it offers an interdisciplinary approach that combines studies in both the humanities and social science as found in leading universities worldwide. Israel’s Board of Higher Education has recommended that this interdisciplinary approach be adopted by other Middle Eastern programs in Israel as well. In our program, students gain a solid base in both Political Science and in Middle Eastern studies and can choose advanced elective courses in Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, Israel Studies or Arabic. The history, politics and cultures of the Middle East are studied, from the start of Islam in the 7th century to the modern period, as well as contemporary Middle East regimes. In Political Science, students study comparative government, international relations, public administration, decision-making, and more.
The program provides the student with the most modern scientific research tools to understand and research contemporary policy issues faced by countries in the Middle East, from Egypt to Iran, Turkey to the Arabian Peninsula. New courses include the political economy of the Middle East, the Maghreb countries and a course on Islam in central Asia. Electives in Political Science offer a rich variety of courses relating to Israel’s politics, government, and minorities and the challenge of Palestinian nationalism.
Students can choose one of four tracks of study:
\ The single major track – a program that combines Middle Eastern studies, Political Science and Arabic.
\ The single major track with intensive Arabic – a program that combines Middle Eastern studies, Political Science with more intensive Arabic studies.
\The double major track – a program that combines Middle Eastern studies and Political Science (without Arabic).
\The double major track –a program that combines a major in either Political Science, or Middle Eastern Studies with a second major in a different department in the Social Science and Humanities faculty.