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Israel Studies (Minor)

Program type
Minor
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
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

The Minor in Israel Studies is a 24-credit program 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.


Courses

Israel Studies Minor courses offered in 2020-21

Summer 2020

  • MARA 200: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic I
  • RELI 223: Introduction to Christianity

Fall 2020

  • HEBR 210: Introduction to Hebrew
  • MARA 200: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic I
  • MARA 206: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic II
  • POLI 322: Israeli Political System
  • RELI 220: Introduction to Judaism
  • RELI 224: Introduction to Islam

Winter 2021

  • HEBR 241: Intermediate Hebrew
  • MARA 200: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic I
  • MARA 206: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic II
  • MARA 240: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I
  • POLI 395: Politics of the Middle East
  • RELI 328: Modern Judaism
  • ARTH 369: Studies in Middle Eastern Art and Architecture 
  • HIST 242: History of the Middle East
  • RELI 393: Women in Israel

Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: DEC
  • High School: C+
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C
  • Bacc. français: 11
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26  

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:


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.

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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