The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies is dedicated to study and research on Israel in all its variety, but also to presenting political, cultural, and general interest programs featuring Israel and its place in the Middle East. The Institute was established in 2006 and has made a significant place for itself on the UMD campus, in the Washington, D.C. policy community, and in the expanding field of Israel Studies.

We offer a Minor in Israel Studies and crosslist many of our courses with other departments and have a thriving graduate program offering the M.A. and Ph.D.  In addition to our courses, we present a variety of programs to which students, faculty, staff, and the general community are all invited.  We are also the editorial home for the Israel Studies Review, the academic journal of the Association for Israel Studies.

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