Dean's Message

דיקן הפקולטהWelcome to the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University

The Faculty of Humanities encompasses disciplines as diverse as literature, history, archeology, art, cognition, linguistics and philosophy. Our students acquire in-depth knowledge in cultures, languages and religions, local and remote, ancient and new, from thousands of years ago and up to our own time. We offer rich programs in B.A. and M.A. degrees, where our students are exposed to new worlds and challenging methodologies, and are provided with sufficient skills for critical thinking. By investing resources in Honors programs such as Amirim and Revivim, the Faculty nurtures its best students. We encourage our M.A. students and Ph.D. candidates to participate at the forefront of local and international scholarship, and provide them guidance and support from our staff members who serve as leading researchers in their fields.

The Faculty is currently in an exciting period of growth. Over the past few years we have hired new faculty members, devised new B.A. curricula for all our departments, and expanded the possibilities for interdisciplinary studies and networking opportunities with other Faculties and other institutions. We have opened a new unit Language Center, implementing new methods of teaching and learning modern languages, which complements the study of many ancient languages in our various schools. We have broadened our Student Exchange Programs to allow for more exchange opportunities with leading universities in Europe and the United States, for students from all stages of study. And, we have inaugurated the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, which has become the leading Israeli institution for outstanding M.A. and Ph.D. candidates.

The Faculty is building and nurturing a vibrant intellectual community. We continue to advance our departments by recruiting scholars and researchers of the highest caliber whose innovative and inspiring ideas in all of the disciplines of the Humanities continue to move us forward. Faculty and students, from all stages of study, partake in this community, and I hope that in the upcoming years we can increase joint activities for everyone. We will work to expand the circles of students who come to study in the Faculty, and at the same time provide the support necessary for their success. Committed to the importance of multiplicity of voices and opinions, we promote cultural and intellectual diversity in our community. I invite each and every one of you to join our community, to learn, to explore and to succeed, while contributing to the advancement and prosperity of the Faculty.