The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities encompasses
twenty degree-granting departments, the unit of English as a Foreign Language, several interdisciplinary programs, and numerous research institutes and academic chairs. In addition to teaching its own students, the faculty also provides courses in general studies to students of other faculties.
The departments in the faculty include Bible, Archeology and Ancient Near East Studies, Arts, Communication Studies, Foreign Literature and Linguistics, Economics, Education, General History, Geography and Environmental Development, Hebrew Language, Hebrew Literature, Middle East Studies, Jewish Thought, Multi-Disciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Politics and Government, Psychology, Science and Technology Education, Social Work and Sociology-Anthropology. Almost all departments grant M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.
New interdisciplinary programs have opened in Gender Studies, Conflict Resolution, and Cognitive Studies
Of the are 5,400 students in the faculty about 3,500 are studying towrds
are undergraduate students, 1,200 are enrolled in Masters programs and 370 are Ph.D. students.
Many departments are actively involved in community outreach activities. The Department of Education sponsors many in-service training programs for teachers and principals and is involved in upgrading entire schools and municipal educational systems. The Social Work Department, in addition to training social workers for local and regional needs, is actively involved in improving welfare services in Bedouin and Jewish communities.
Faculty members are actively involved in research ranging from cognitive and neuro-psychology, sociology, politics, remote sensors, computer education, to agricultural economics and economics
of peace. Much of the research is organized in the various
faculty and department research institutes. This past
academic year the members of the Faculty received almost
three and a half million U.S. dollars in research funds
from Israeli and international funding agencies.
A number of research centers operate within the faculty: The Chaim Herzog
Center for Diplomacy in the Middle East is engaged in research and in the organization of conferences and workshops on topics related to the Middle East history, society, economics and politics. The Center for German Studies is an international interdisciplinary institute. It studies various aspects of history, culture, society and politics of German speaking people. This center preserves also the German - Jewish
legacy and focuses on German - Jewish experience. The Center for Bedouin Studies conducts original research on educational, social, historic and cultural facets of Bedouin Society. The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Social Studies s an interdisciplinary institute, established in 1978, that pmotes research and contributes to the social and cultural development of the Negev region and the country as a whole. The Institute engages in the initiation, promotion, coordination and publication of research
projects, amd publishes Hagar, a multi-disiplinary journal of social research. The Phillipe Monaster center for Economic Research promotes
economic research at Ben-Gurion University, which has done important work on the economic implications of peace in the Middle East. The Gaon Center is a leading center for the study of Ladino culture. The Rabb Center for Holocaust Studies, The Eliachar Center for Jewish Oriental Heritage and the Center for North American Jewry.