Hebrew and Israel Studies

Israel Studies

The Elie Wiesel Center sponsors classes in Israel studies. In the academic year 2014/15, we are pleased to welcome back Professor Nahum Karlinsky (MIT and Ben Gurion University), who will teach the fall intro course (CAS HI 392). Students studying toward the minor concentration in Hebrew can take this course by signing up for LH284. In the spring of 2015, Dr. Abigail Jacobson will repeat her course on the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

Fall 2015

CAS HI 392 – Israel: History, Politics, Culture, Identity  
Professor Nahum Karlinsky

Using a broad array of readings, popular music, documentaries, film and art, this course explores Israel’s political system, culture, and society, including the status of minorities in the Jewish state; post-1967 Israeli settlement projects; and the struggle for Israel’s identity. Meets with CAS LH 284.

2015FALLCASHI392 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2015

Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
TR 09:30:00 AM 11:00:00 AM JSC 201 Karlinsky

CAS PO 580 – Readings in International Relations in Political Science
Professor Efraim Inbar
Topic Fall 2015: Israel’s National Security (4 credits)

This course reviews the main issues in Israel’s national security. It examines Israel’s geo-political setting, the development of its strategic thinking, its use of force, the decision-making structure, Israel’s strategic relations with key states, its nuclear policy, the economies of defense, and consensus and discord on the main national security topics.

2015FALLCASPO580 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2015

Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
R 03:00:00 PM 06:00:00 PM ARR Inbar

Spring 2015

CAS HI 393 Topics in the History of Israel
Professor Abigail Jacobson
Topic Spring 2015: The Israeli Palestinian Conflict (4 credits)

The challenges of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, historical trajectories, conflicting narratives and possible solutions through primary sources and film. Students will present reflections of the history of the conflict and debate its future implications and challenges both societies are facing. Counts toward concentrations in History, the minor in Jewish Studies, as well as toward the concentration in the IR Africa-Middle East trackMore about this course.

2015SPRGCASHI393 A1, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015

Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
TR 09:30:00 AM 11:00:00 AM REL 404 Jacobson

Fall 2014

CAS HI 392/LH 284 Israel: History, Politics, Culture, Identity (History of Israel: An Introduction)
Professor Nahum Karlinsky

Using a broad array of readings, popular music, documentaries, film and art, this course explores Israel’s political system, culture, and society, including the status of minorities in the Jewish state; post-1967 Israeli settlement projects; and the struggle for Israel’s identity.

2014FALLCASHI392 A1 and 2014FALLCASLH284 A1

Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
TR 09:30:00 AM 11:00:00 AM JSC 201 Karlinsky

Hebrew Language & Literature

Why study Hebrew?

The MLCL department at Boston University hosts an engaging and vigorous Hebrew Program, which allows students to minor in Hebrew. Minors become proficient in modern Hebrew and acquire a good grasp of Hebrew literature and Israeli culture. The minor requires six courses in addition to the prerequisite of fourth-semester Hebrew or equivalent proficiency in the language. Courses at the LH 200-level, such as Israeli Culture through Film, are taught in English. Courses at the LH 300-level are taught in Hebrew on topics such as such as Voices in Israeli Society, Israeli Popular Music, Israeli Media, and Hebrew Narrative. Courses taught in Hebrew enable students to practice all four language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) thus furthering their language abilities along with their cultural knowledge and competence.

Numerous opportunities are available to students to study abroad and interact with Hebrew language and Israeli culture. Read more about minoring in the Hebrew Program at BU here.