The Program

The Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy offers students a broad-based perspective on domestic and global politics, and an in-depth understanding of the diverse issues governments and individuals confront in an ever-changing international system. 

Students learn about and explore the impact of a wealth of diverse factors on political behavior, including psychological effects and motivations, business interests, economic policies, social media, culture, big data, and technology. Additionally, a special focus is put on the inner workings of the Middle East - regionally and within the context of globalization. The study of Israel is comprehensive in scope, including exposure to all facets of the Israeli polity - from issues of democracy and religion to foreign policy to questions of national security. 

The studies are built on the concept of combining theory with practice, and expose students to real-life situations through case studies, simulations, internships, and meetings with key public figures.

During the final year of the program students specialize in one area of their choice, earning a Cluster Certificate. In addition, students may choose a minor area of study. The clusters are: Global Affairs and Conflict Resolution; Middle East; Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security; Business Administration; and Public Diplomacy. 

The Lauder School attracts outstanding students from around the world, and provides a pluralistic environment in which students can exchange ideas and views, while gaining unique networking opportunities. Many of our students have continued their graduate studies at leading American and European universities. Alumni have also gone on to fascinating careers in government, the private sector, NGOs, and international institutions.

​For the entire list of courses please refer to the 2021 Student Handbook

*IDC Herzliya reserves the right to cancel, alter, or expand the academic programs and courses offered.

**Students enrolled in the single major Government, Diplomacy & Strategy will take one cluster (19 credits) and one minor area of study (7 credits).