summer research and travel courses

Travel Courses & Special Programs

Participation in summer travel courses and special programs is by application only. See below for program details and application information.

Dig this Site! Excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath (Summer Research Course in Israel)
SOCI 1212H/BIB 1645 Archaeological Fieldwork at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel (3 credits)

Instructor: Jill Katz
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain academic and practical experience in the recovery and analysis of the material remains of an ancient culture. Students will participate in all aspects of the excavation, including: digging and surveying at the site, sampling soil, and recording of architecture. They will also participate in the various tasks that take place at the base camp, such as the washing and reading of pottery, soil matrix analysis, and faunal and floral identification. Field trips to other archaeological sites in the general area will be provided weekly.

This course takes place in Israel from June 23rd - July 19th.

Program Details:

  • Accommodations: In Israel, students stay at the Kibbutz Kfar Menachem Regional School. All food on the dig is under Kosher supervision.
  • Cost: The total cost of the program, excluding airfare and weekends, is $3,500 ($1,500 payable to YU for tuition; $2,000 payable to dig itself). This covers room & board, daily meals and local transportation. Dig Scholarships are available. Please contact Dr. Jill Katz if interested.
  • Admissions: This program is open to Honors students, Honors eligible students, and non-Honors students with permission of instructor. Visiting students: Please contact Dr. Jill Katz, Program Director, prior to applying. Space is limited.
  • To Apply: To be considered for this program, all students must complete this application form. Application deadline: April 30, 2019.
Honors Study Abroad Course: Paris in the Age of Impressionism
Honors Study Abroad Course: Paris in the Age of Impressionism

Instructor: Professor Marnin Young 

No movement in the history of art is more closely associated with Paris than Impressionism. In the summer of 2019, this class will examine in detail the relationship between the two by exploring the very ground where Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, Caillebotte, Seurat and others once walked: the Tuileries gardens, the Saint-Lazare train station, the Grands Boulevards. We will have the unique opportunity to view the major exhibition “Berthe Morisot” at the Musée d’Orsay, as well as the collections of all the major museums in Paris. Walking tours of the city will give us intimate knowledge of the city, while readings of contemporary critics and more recent art historians will help explain Impressionism in Paris and Paris in the age of Impressionism.

Program Dates: June 17-27

Program Cost: $4,500 (accommodations, kosher meals, transportation in Paris, and all entrance fees will be provided; does not include flight to Paris)

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 19

For application form and other information, contact Professor Marnin Young at or 917.326.4824.