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The Yom Kippur War (HIS-436)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

March 2022 - Present.

Subject Area:
History and Political Science

Number of Credits:

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: trace the development of the causes that led to the Yom Kippur War; compare and contrast Israeli and Arab military preparedness on the eve of the Yom Kippur War; illustrate the influence of Israeli attitudes on their lack of military preparedness for the Yom Kippur War; identify the main military operations of the Yom Kippur War and the goals and consequences of each, as well as evaluate the efficacy of each side’s effort; describe the role of leadership and morale in the execution of the Yom Kippur War; achieve familiarity with major military hardware used in the Yom Kippur War, varying strengths on each side, and developments that changed the nature of battles in this war; describe the position of different military and civilian leaders in key questions of military and political strategy in the Yom Kippur War; explain the significance of events that are considered main turning points in the Yom Kippur War; place the Yom Kippur War in the context of superpower politics of the time; and deduce lessons from the political and military decisions of the Yom Kippur War that are instructive to those engaged in military and diplomatic planning.


The Yom Kippur War (HIS-436) will assess the student’s knowledge of the Yom Kippur War, including the events leading up to it and the way in which Egypt and Syria managed to surprise Israel with the outbreak of war. Major operations on both the northern and southern fronts are covered, including ground, air, and naval conflicts. Strategies and leadership of involved parties are evaluated. The student should become familiar with the political and diplomatic developments through the war and the cease fires and how the war related to superpower relations. Israel’s preparedness and performance are evaluated and critiqued based on expert opinions. Lessons are to be gleaned from this conflict to aid the student in the realms of politics, diplomacy, as well as military studies.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Middle Eastern Studies, History, Jewish History, Political Science, or as a General Elective (2/22).