Terrorism in the Modern Era


Students on this track learn to deal with criminal and political terrorism in the context of culture, politics and economics. Alongside criminology, which analyzes the offense of terror and its perpetrators, students acquire knowledge about nationalistic aspects of terror with social, political, economic and criminal motives. The course offers students the choice of a worldwide track of content that will serve as a basis for continuing education in the field of criminology and law enforcement, as well as advice to political, social and economic decision-makers.

Specialization in Middle East Policy Analysis and Evaluation

מפת המזהת תחת זכוכית מגדלת


Geographically located between East and West, the Middle East has long been one of the world’s most fascinating regions. It has attracted diverse populations for a variety of reasons, including access to holy places, pilgrimages, tourism or commerce. All these have made the region multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic. The diverse demographic composition of the region’s population have naturally created different forms of political, social, economic and cultural structures that have shaped its instability and infighting.
The complexity of the area requires decision-makers in political and security establishments to make crucial decisions that affect Israel and region, emphasizing the need for reliable and up-to-date sources of knowledge that will serve them in formulating innovative solutions in light of the ever-changing circumstances.
Students specializing in Middle Eastern Studies are a potential base equipped with the appropriate skills to help policymakers make decisions based on in-depth information and appropriate research methods.
The Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science at Ariel University has created a course of study based on the theoretical and practical knowledge that connects the different but complementary academic worlds – the Middle East, political science and Arabic.
This unique, specialized course is designed to train students for research, analysis and writing directed to the unique needs of policy design in the areas of security, foreign policy, economics, development and governance. Within the framework of this major, the Middle East’s core studies will be integrated into the decision-making processes, public diplomacy, foreign policy and security policy. Students are trained to assess situations and intelligence, to write “white papers” and policies in a variety of areas, to think strategically and to formulate evaluations for the future.
The course enables students to acquire new theoretical and practical tools to help them to integrate into the job market related to security, economics and diplomacy. They acquire practical experience throughout the course in special simulation rooms and a cutting-edge cyber simulation facility.

Foreign Policy Major


There are many complex issues that concern Israel’s decision-makers. The more interdisciplinary knowledge and the better their Arabic language skills, the greater the probability that their decisions will be better informed.
This program lays out theoretical and practical foundations for acquiring foreign policy expertise. The department’s unique nature and educational focus provide its graduates a very broad background and a special model in political science, the Middle East and Arabic. 
The program is unique to Ariel University and other select universities around the world that view the combination of political science Middle Eastern studies and Arabic as a valuable program combining theoretical with practical studies. Graduates of the program are qualified, professional candidates for positions dealing with Israel’s foreign policy in international organizations around the world.
One of the main courses taught in this major is “Model UN” (taught in English). Students receive individual training on how to handle a debate, write effective articles, increase their self-confidence, improve their ability to speak in front of audiences and develop creative thinking.
The course includes guided tours of the Knesset, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government ministries, and foreign embassies in Israel and abroad. Students hear lectures from senior government officials, ambassadors and government officials from the United States and Europe.
Students do internships in governmental institutions, such as the Knesset Information Center, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, public organizations, applied research institutes and NGOs dealing with issues like information and communication in the international arena.
These internships give students an opportunity to experience the work of these institutions first-hand. Students interact in various positions and try their hand at writing papers, such as the position papers used by the decision-makers on various issues, as well as research papers in their areas of expertise.
Each intern is assigned to a faculty member who specializes in a particular field, who will guide the student throughout the internship, and teach them to write position papers.

Arabic Major


In light of the growing demand for Arabic studies, the department offers Arabic language courses, with an option to become certified in spoken Arabic.

This major is intended for students from the department studying Arabic (Middle East, Arabic and Political Science), and is open to students interested in Middle Eastern Studies who want to enhance their knowledge about the Middle East and the Arabic language.

Students who complete the course of studies and fulfill all academic and administrative obligations will graduate with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies, in addition to an internal certificate for the Arabic language track.