The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University is an interdepartmental program. Our faculty are housed in various departments — including Anthropology, Comparative Literature, English, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Germanic Studies, History, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and the Russian and East European Institute — where students pursue master’s or doctoral degrees. The Borns Jewish Studies Program offers a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Studies. Students enrolled in Indiana University Bloomington doctoral programs may also pursue a doctoral minor in Jewish Studies.
Students interested in doctoral study need to apply for admission through the various departments listed above rather than through the Borns Jewish Studies Program.
The Borns Jewish Studies Program provides numerous opportunities for graduate students working in different disciplines to interact and learn from each other through the Jewish Studies workshop series and other programs. The JSP also provides extensive fellowship opportunities and other awards for students working in Jewish Studies.
"I always enjoy the lunchtime ’brown bag’ JS workshops, and how they bring together students in diverse fields and departments. Seeing scholars from outside and within the university present their work is so interesting and enriching."
— Erin Corber, History graduate student and JS doctoral minor student
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