Humanistic Studies: Meeting of the Minds

Humanistic Studies

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well,” said Rene Descartes, the father of modern western philosophy. Even though philosophy is one of the world’s oldest fields of study, it remains as relevant as ever in today’s technological, rapidly-changing and economically-driven world. More and more, high-tech companies and even Israel’s security services are recruiting graduates in philosophy and other fields in the humanities because they possess analytical, critical thinking and interpretive skills.


Grounded in classical academic studies, Tel Aviv University pushes the boundaries of conventional humanistic scholarship by forging new study and research programs that combine relevant, if unexpected, disciplines. Moreover, the University was an early adopter of new trends in education, such as mindfulness. These new fields of study attract students driven by a strong desire to broaden their intellectual horizons. Once they graduate, they go on to become thought leaders and to apply the knowledge they acquire at TAU as engaged members of society. On a more universal level, TAU’s dynamic brand of humanism introduces fresh ideas into the academic realm in Israel and abroad.


Donors with an appreciation for the role of classical and new humanist fields in today’s rapidly changing world should consider supporting TAU’s Humanistic Studies programs.


Naming Opportunities – Humanistic Studies

  • School of Philosophy, Linguistics and Science Studies
  • Center for Advanced Gender Studies
  • Mandel Center for STEM and the Humanities: FUNDED
  • The Center for Compassionate Mindful Education
  • Philosophy Fellowship Fund
  • Connections Humanities Honors Program
  • Cognition and Consciousness BA Honors Track
  • ​Gender Studies Fellowship Fund 

To support or receive more information about one of these projects, please contact your local TAU Friends Association or TAU’s Development and Public Affairs Division at +972-3-640-8249 or

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