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 28th - July 24th.

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 to cover room and board 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: Email Dr. Jill Katz to set up an interview. Application deadline: April 30, 2020.
Honors Study Abroad Course: Art in Paris
Honors Study Abroad Course: Art in Paris

Instructor: Professor Marnin Young 

Come explore the history of art in one of most culturally rich cities in the world!  In June this year, daily walks through Paris will give students extensive knowledge of the history of the French capital. The grand boulevards, the parks, the historical sites—the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower—will all become familiar. Museums in turn will provide the classroom for an art history course, focusing on the exhibition of art in Paris from the Renaissance to the present. The permanent collections of the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, among others, will provide a foundation, and special exhibits on the work of De Chirico, Man Ray, Matisse, Tissot, Turner, and Cindy Sherman will give us concrete examples of art in Paris.

Program Dates: June 8-18

Program Cost: $4,000 (accommodations, kosher meals, transportation in Paris, and all entrance fees will be provided; does not include flight to Paris)

To Apply: This course is open to undergraduate women only. To be considered, complete this application form and email it to Professor Marnin Young. Application deadline: February 11, 2020

For questions or additional information, contact Professor Marnin Young at or 917.326.4824.