The department of Hebrew Culture Studies, the single largest integrative Jewish Studies department in the world today, covers a wide range of periods, methodologies, and scholarly interests, while maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence. The department offers a unique graduate program for students seeking to specialize in the fields of Hebrew and Jewish culture, from the ancient to the modern period, taught by world-class experts in their fields. Students choose to specialize in one of five study tracks offered: (1) Hebrew language; (2) Semitic Linguistics, (3) Bible, (4) Talmud ; and (5) Jewish Philosophy.
About the Faculty of Humanities
With an infrastructure that brings History, Jewish Studies and Cultural Studies under one roof, a distinguished faculty with a commitment to excellence in scholarship, and an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, students at all levels are offered the pluralistic education essential to keeping them in the mainstream.
New programs of study and research are being forged in the Faculty of Humanities. Barriers between traditional fields are being broken down. Multidisciplinary research teams are being formed, and traditional areas are being combined into novel teaching and research programs. Many of these programs are energized by the cross-fertilization between Jewish and general studies; between Mediterranean and Asian historians with their broad perspective on issues such as peace and security in the region; among philosophers, linguists and scholars of Bible, Arabic literature and Medieval history as they approach the study of religion or the meaning of science.
The unique configuration of departments and research centers also makes the Faculty an ideal venue to study the three major monotheistic religions, and to explore such timely subjects as the emergence of nationalism and fundamentalism and the rise of ethnic strife following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
About Tel Aviv University
Located within Israel's cultural, financial and business heartland, Tel Aviv University is the largest and most comprehensive of Israel's institutions of higher education. TAU is active in most areas of teaching and research and plays a focal role in all areas of economic, social, and national debate. This major center of learning started in 1956 with the union of three small educational units - the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics, an Institute of Natural Sciences, and an Institute of Jewish Studies. It was granted autonomy in 1963. Today, over 29,000 students participate in the degree programs of the University's 105 different departments and 27 schools in nine faculties.
Tel Aviv is the second most populous city in Israel and is the country's financial capital and a major performing arts and business centre. Its beaches, parks, bars, cafés, restaurants, shopping, cosmopolitan lifestyle and 24-hour culture have made it a popular tourist destination for overseas and domestic visitors alike, contributing to its reputation as "the city that never sleeps" with over 1.5 million foreign tourists annually. Tel Aviv Tel Aviv has been named the third "hottest city for 2011" by Lonely Planet and the ninth-best beach city in the world by National Geographic.