Political Science


The Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University is considered one of the best in Israel. It has acquired international reputation in its field, due to its top rated faculty, extensive course offering, and the above-standard level of its students and graduates.

The faculty includes world-leading researchers and experienced professors, some of whom are prominent media figures, who have decided to contribute their knowledge and experience to cultivate and educate the future generation of the political communities. Year after year, the Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University is rated at the top ten institutes worldwide, when considering the number of scientific publications and articles published all over the globe.

The Department operates several leading research institutes, among which are The Center for Local Government, serving position holders in all branches of local government; the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, one of the leading, most influential institutions in all matters regarding foreign affairs and national security; the Argov Center for the Study of Israel and the Jewish People; the Program for Conflict Management and Negotiations Studies, and more.

Why study Political Science?

If you are a news buff and the media news coverage is just not enough; if you find historical and political processes riveting; if you wish to understand how the different branches of government work; if you are dreaming of a career in politics or civic service; in short – if you want to know more about the systems affecting our lives, Political Science is the best choice for you!

An academic degree in Political Studies can become a launch pad to any number of careers in civic service or in the private sector. If you review the resumes of Members of Knesset, mayors, leading media figures, commentators and political advisors, not to mention those of the diplomatic corps, you will discover that many of them have at least one degree in Political Studies.

Unprecedented Demand

The increase in the significance of this profession, as well as in the reputation of the Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan, is clearly manifested in the dramatic rise in the number of students choosing this study track as their major.

The Jewish Connection

The Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University puts particular emphasis on the political concept and organization in Judaism, examining political perceptions that evolved within the Jewish cognition, and reviewing issues such as the idea of alliances in Jewish political traditions, Jewish government, the regard to non-Jews and law obedience to state laws and authority in conjunction with Halachic rulings.


To graduate with a B.A. in Political Science, students are required to complete 26 department credits over the course of their studies. The program is designed to be completed in three years.

Note: Political Science is part of Bar-Ilan University’s “Dual Major” system, and requires students to do a second major in Communication.

Course List

First Year
Course No.Course TitleCredits
71-003Society, Culture, & Politics in the Modern Era , 1500-20002
71-100Introduction to Politics & Government3
71-108History of Political Thought2
71-101Introduction to Israeli Government & Politics2
71-204Introduction to Statistics2
71-205Research Methods in the Social Sciences1
Subtotal: 13 credits
Second Year
Course No.Course TitleCredits
71-104Introduction to International Relations3
71-114Introduction to Public Policy & Administration2
Department Electives2
Subtotal: 7 credits
Third Year
Course No.Course TitleCredits
Department Electives2
Seminar Electives4
Subtotal: 6 credits

This table includes only course requirements from the Major. Students need a total of 64 credits throughout their majors and core curriculum requirements to graduate.


To be considered for the Department of Political Science, applicants are expected to have

  • Completed high school/ secondary school with a 3.5 GPA
  • Scored an 1100 combined score on the SAT Critical Reading + Math sections, a 26 score on the ACT, or a 550 Psychometric exam.

Note: Political Science is part of Bar-Ilan University’s “Dual Major” system, and requires students to do a second major in Communication.

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Program Overview

Program Type: Major (26 Credits)
Program Length:
3 Years
Language of Instruction: English
Admission Requirements:

  • SAT: 1100
    Psychometric: 550
  • 3.5 High School GPA

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions