Studies encompass four periods: the Ancient (Classical) World, Middle Ages, the Modern Era, and Post-Modernism.
In the first year, the curriculum consists of beginner-level classes (frontal lectures), advanced classes, and a workshop for research skills.
In the second year, the curriculum consists of advanced classes and foreign language studies.
In the third year, a historiographical lesson is taught, as well as seminars in which the students will choose to specialize according to a periodic, regional, or thematic principle.
Terms of Admission
Admission to the studies is conditional to meeting the general Admission Terms of the University, as well as the Admission Terms at the level required by the Department of History itself.
Starting from 2009/10, a reform of the undergraduate curriculum has taken place:
- The exercises and the seminars were combined into one unit called an Advanced Lesson (4 credits, 4 WH). During the degree, one must study 6 Advanced Lessons, at least one in each of the historical periods period, and no more than two in one period.
- Compulsory course: World History (4 credits, 4 WH). You can study at any year of the degree years. First-year and Second-year students in 2003/04 must study this course, while third-year students in 2003/04 will be able to choose whether to study it or not (instead of an elective course or an exercise that they lack only).
- Compulsory e-learning course: Computer Literacy (2 credits), which will in fact be a supplementary course to the workshop for research skills. Intended for First-year students in 2003/04 only.
- Second-year students in 2003/04 - the program described here is relevant to you if you have not studied pro-seminars (electives). The exercises are considered Advanced Lessons (every exercise you learned in the first year is considered an Advanced Lesson in its period). To the curriculum is added a world history lesson which you must study in 2003/04 or in 2004/05, for your choice and convenience.
- Third-year students who have not completed three seminars will choose advanced classes instead of seminars that have not yet been completed. Please note that if you attended the seminars in a certain period, you will not be able to take an Advanced Lesson of that period.
- Completion of a credit of 2 units for third-year students in 2003/04, following the transition from pro-seminars to advanced classes, will be done by choosing a course from "Derech Haruach" courses of 2 credits.
The Structure of Studies (for those starting their First-year in 2003/4 and after)
The student's program is composed of:
4 beginner-level lecture courses, one in each historical period (each is 2 weekly-hours per semester, 2 Credit points)
2 advanced-level lecture courses (each is 4 weekly-hours per semester, 4 Credit points)
Introduction to World History Course (4 weekly-hours, 4 Credit points)
Computer Literacy course (2 weekly-hours per semester, 2 Credit points), as well as a workshop in Research Writing skills (2 weekly-hours per semester, 2 Credit points)
Total first-year = 24 credits
4 Advanced Lessons (4 WH, 4 credits each)
Foreign language - all students of the Department must study Latin or any other language (different from their mother tongue) at the beginner level in the second year of their studies (during the Fall & Spring semester, in the amount of 4 credits). Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian languages are not included. This obligation can be completed in the first year.
Total second-year = 20 credits
2 seminars in two periods to be chosen according to the student's interests (each is 4 WH, 6 credits)
Elective course from "Derech Haruach" (6 WH, 6 credits)
Total second-year = 16 credits
- The course distribution described above is merely a recommendation.
- An Introductory Lesson can be transferred from first-year to second-year with the approval of the department.
- An Advanced Lesson can be transferred from first-year to second-year or from second-year to third-year.
- The "Literacy and World History" course and the Foreign Language studies must take place in the first year of studies. In special cases and with the approval of the Head of the Department, it will be possible to transfer them to the second year.
- Seminars are taught as part of the third year only.
- An elective lesson from the "Derech Haruach" bundle in a total of 6 credits will be chosen by you and may be studied in the year of your choice.