Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Ariel University


Department Chair: Dr. Uzi Ben-Shalom

Combined studies in sociology and anthropology equip students with the tools to understand society in a methodical way, and provide them with insights about new and unknown aspects of man and society. Students of sociology and anthropology are confronted with many today’s global issues (which also affect Israeli society) such as poverty, social gaps and distress, crime, foreign workers, state and religion, human resources and organizational behavior, mass immigration and immigrant integration, financial crises and their social consequences, security and social problems, technological progress and human behavior, public opinion and politics, mass media and the internet.

Studies emphasize various aspects of day-to-day life in Israel that stem from contradictions inherent to the State of Israel – a nation state, on the one hand, and a multitude of ethnicities on the other. In addition to theoretical background in various sociological and anthropological disciplines, students will become acquainted with different aspects of Israeli reality.

The department aims to provide its graduates with practical tools for integration in organizational, community and management frameworks.

A joint program with the department of Sociology and Anthropology may be taken in combination with a variety of other academic departments. This program is based on existing, established academic programs that have produced many graduates, some of whom have continued their studies towards Masters and PhD degrees at various academic institutions in Israel. The program matches many other university programs in the field and prepares students to join the workforce or continue in research.