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Workshop at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music with Israeli hip hop band 'Hadag Nahash' (Photo: Shalev Netanel)

Israel Studies Minor

The minor in Israel Studies is designed for students interested in adding a particular focus on Israel to their major. Comprised of coursework that serves to create a broad introductory foundation of familiarity with Israeli history, society, politics, and culture, the minor is appropriate for students from a wide range of majors, including, but not limited to, History, Political Science, Art, Study of Religion, Film and Media Studies, Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and more.


The Israel Studies Minor is administered by the Department of Near Eastern languages and Cultures (NELC). To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better and must file a petition with SAO Isamara Ramirez, in 378A Humanities Building. For more information please visit the UCLA NELC website.


Required Lower Division Courses (15 units)
Middle Eastern Studies 50C- Making and Studying Modern Middle East or equivalent


Required Upper Division Courses
Jewish Studies M142- Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture

M144- Zionism: Ideology and Practice in Making of Jewish State

Required Core

(Five courses from at least two of the following categories)


Arabic 103A/B/C- Advanced Arabic

Hebrew 103A/B/C- Advanced Hebrew

111A- Israeli Society through Hebrew Song and Video

112- Readings in Modern Scholarly Hebrew

Literature, Arts & Culture:

Arabic 120- Islamic Texts

M123- Oral Literature and Performance of Arab World

130- Classical Arabic Texts

M148- Contemporary Arab Film and Song

Hebrew M113- Contemporary Israeli Short Stories/Novellas and Films in English

C140- Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose

Jewish Studies M150A- Hebrew Literature in English: Literary Traditions of Ancient Israel -- Bible and Apocrypha

150B- Hebrew Literature in English: Rabbinic Judaism

151B- Modern Jewish Literature in English: Israeli Literature

M162- Israel Seen through Its Literature

175- Modern Israeli Literature Made into Films

Middle Eastern Studies C122- History, Memory, and Identity in Israel



Political Science 120B- World Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy after September 11

132A- International Relations of Middle East

M132B- International Relations of Middle East

157- Government and Politics in the Middle East


Regional and Historical Setting:

Geography 187-Middle East

History 105A/B/C- Surveys of Middle East 500 to Present

Study of Religion 110- Religion and Violence

120- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Comparative Approach


***A maximum of 4 units of special studies courses (197, 198, 199) approved by the adviser may be applied toward the minor.
***No course for the minor may be taken on a P/NP grading basis
***A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor
***Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.