The minor in Israel Studies is designed for students interested in adding to their major a particular focus on Israel. Comprised of coursework that serves to create a broad introductory foundation of familiarity with Israeli history, society, politics, and culture, the minor might be 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. This minor serves to educate students about a country and its culture from a purely academic standpoint. It encourages students to gain a thorough understanding of all perspectives in order to create well-informed dialogues on topics pertaining to Israel.
Students in this minor are provided with a variety of resources from entities on campus such as the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, and the UC Education Abroad Program in order to immerse themselves in the subject matter. These resources include world-class faculty from diverse backgrounds who are experts in the field of Israel Studies, study abroad programs at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and scholarships that are specifically earmarked for UCLA students who want to study abroad in Israel. Students also enjoy a variety of educational, Israel-related events during the academic year that are organized by the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.
Those who graduate with a minor in Israel Studies enjoy careers in government and non-profit work, education, research, and more.