In 2009, the department of Sociology and Anthropology began a specialized course of study for students who have achieved excellency within the undergraduate program, in preparation for completion of graduate courses in a research path within 4 years. The path includes a number of courses specialized for a group of students who have achieved excellence (up to 15 per year), that surpass the general realm of study of the typical undergraduate path and are considered viable credits for a master’s degree. Such specialized courses connect participating students to research implementation while providing accessibility to different options for research and data analysis. Students in the program are chosen based on their academic excellence and start their studies in the path after completion of three semesters. Qualification requires an average grade of at least 90 in two fields and within the three first semesters. Students whose native language is not Hebrew and possess grades of 85 and above within the first three semesters can hand in a specialized request to the department’s teaching committee.