Courses and Study Abroad Opportunities

Every quarter Northwestern undergraduates can select from several courses on Israeli history, society, culture or literature. These courses are housed in Jewish Studies and a number of other Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences departments and programs. See the Jewish Studies Program yearly course planner for our full list of class offerings this academic year.

Spring Course

Study Abroad


  • Historical Background of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • The Arab Minority in Israel
  • History of the Modern State of Israel, 1949-1988
  • Historical Background to the Establishment of Israel: 1920's-1940's
  • The Nascent State of Israel - Identity, Nation Building and Ethnicity
  • Culture and Politics in the History of US-Israeli Relations
  • Israeli Civilian-Military Relations
  • The Politics of Film in Israeli History
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • The Pen and the Sword: Israeli Literature of War
  • The Other in Israeli and Palestinian Literature
  • Tales of Love and Darkness: Eros and Isolation in Modern Hebrew Literature
  • Israeli Society and Culture 1990-present (first-year seminar)
  • Women in Traditional Religious Movements
  • Water in Israel and the Middle East: Geopolitical Conflicts, Technological Challenges, and Sustainable Solutions (Senior Seminar)