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Israel Studies (Minor)

Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why choose Israel Studies?

The Minor in Israel Studies, the first and only undergraduate program of its kind in Canada, is designed to allow students to complement their core area of study with courses in history, political science, religion, literature and language. The study of modern Israel is a significant focus of the program, but students will also explore this birthplace of major civilizational currents in all its facets and time periods. Students will gain proficiency in either Hebrew or Arabic: students with prior Hebrew proficiency will enrol in Arabic language classes and students with Arabic proficiency will take Hebrew. Students of the program may take advantage of the option for intensive study in Israel.

Program structure

  • Minor in Israel Studies (24 credits)

The minor is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science who wish to complement their core area of study with a selection of courses on Israel.

Program options

The Minor covers courses in the following areas:

  • Languages (3 to 9 credits)
  • Politics and religion in Israel (3 credits)
  • Israel and the Middle East (3 credits)
  • The remaining 9 to 15 credits for the Minor program may be drawn from a broad selection of Israel-themed courses, offered in collaborations with departments including Art History, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics, English, History, Religion, and Political Science.  While not all departments are represented each semester, new courses are introduced every year, constantly widening the reach of the program and the diversity of its offerings. 
  • 3 credits chosen from any courses dealing primarily with Israel and approved by the Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies.

United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Winter term


November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

Thanks to Concordia's emphasis on taking an interdisciplinary approach to your field of study, you'll graduate with a depth of knowledge informed by an understanding of how your subject connects to the wider world. You'll be ideally positioned to succeed in a professional role that demands rigorous analytical thinking, sharp communication skills and the ability to approach problem-solving from multiple dimensions. 

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