Why choose Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology?
"A people not aware of its past, has a meager present and an unclear future", said Yigal Alon, Commander of the Palmach (Elite Unit of the Haganah) and later a Member of Knesset and a Minister in the Israeli Government. This is true for any people, but even more so for the Jewish people. An extensive and comprehensive knowledge with Israel's geography, history and culture, is a vital asset for any Israeli or Jew who wishes to fully grasp his or her national and ethnic identity.
An academic degree in Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology provides students with an enriched background, and prepares them for a career of research, teaching and/or instruction in high school, colleges, field schools, and universities, as well as guidance and instruction of travelers of all ages, both local and foreign, a profession increasingly in demand. Another career option for Department graduates is archaeological dig experts.
Why choose Study Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan?
Because you deserve the best education
The Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University is considered to be the best of its kind in Israel, and has also acquired an international reputation for its high standard education. The Department offers a unique amalgamation of academic studies and in-the-field training, as well as laboratory experience, and excels in its multidisciplinary approach and exceptional openness and flexibility. In addition to the course offering and the option of specializing in any number of historic eras, each student may construct his or her own study program, according to specific fields of interest.
The Department offers B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. study tracks for Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology degrees, including a multidisciplinary research of the Land of Israel and its history, from the pre-historic age to the new age. Among the Department's courses are: Historical geography, archaeology and material culture in biblical times, Second Temple era, and the middle ages.
The Department also certifies archaeologists and offers courses for certified tour guides.
Because this is the only Department combining Land of Israel and Archaeology Studies
The Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University is the only one in Israel combining these two fields
Because of our world renowned faculty members
The Department's Faculty includes some of Israel's leading experts, among which are active, world famous researchers, whose work has been published in the leading, most prestigious professional publications.
Because of the digs, excursions and explorations
Students of the Department regularly participate in excursions, archaeological digs and research projects. The frequent in-the-field work adds an exciting feature of adventure and challenge, and cultivates a strong sense of social camaraderie amongst the students.
Because of our Institute of Archaeology
The institute of Archaeology operates as part of the Department's activities, and manages all of the archeological activities taking place within the framework of the University. Institute staff includes approximately a dozen researchers focusing on field, lab and academic research, including teaching and students in dig excavations, experiments and other activities.
For more information about The Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, refer to the Department's website or check out the Department's