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Jewish Studies Program

ONE OF THE LARGEST, OLDEST, AND MOST COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS OF ITS KIND, THE BORNS JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAM AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY is committed to fostering leadership skills, civic responsibility, and academic achievement through rigorous interdisciplinary study of the Jewish people and civilization. Our distinguished faculty, talented students, outstanding staff, more than 800 accomplished alumni, and supportive community work together to ensure the best possible experience for our students. The interaction of our twenty-four faculty members working in ethnomusicology, sociology, history, biblical study, anthropology, Yiddish and Hebrew language and linguistics, political science, comparative literature, the history of art, the study of ancient Jewry and more makes for an enormously enriching and stimulating atmosphere. The faculty in this world-leading Jewish Studies program establishes close and enduring connections with its students.

The Borns JSP offers an intimate learning environment nestled within a major research university. Our diverse student body is able to take advantage of the manifold resources IU offers in terms of global and international studies, languages, culture and the arts, academic excellence, technology, athletics, and campus life while benefitting from the type of personal attention normally associated with small liberal arts colleges. Students in our undergraduate major (with the opportunity to pursue a Jewish sacred music curriculum), certificate (8 courses), Hebrew minor, M.A., and Ph.D. minor programs are eligible for generous scholarships and fellowships (including incoming freshmen scholarships, scholarships for continuing undergraduates, fellowships for both the M.A. and Ph.D.) Through an array of extracurricular and academic activities, sponsored by the program, the Jewish Studies Student Association, and the Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association, this world leading Jewish Studies program creates a close-knit community.

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Cover of Borns JSP 2014 Newsletter

What’s New

IU President Michael A. McRobbie

IU President Michael A. McRobbie Honored by Anti-Defamation League with "Man of Achievement" Award (April 24, 2014)

Borns Jewish Studies Program Faculty

Borns Jewish Studies Program Faculty (August 2013)

Rachel Crouch and Sahar Farahi signing up new JSSA members

2013-14 Jewish Studies Student Association officers Rachel Crouch, president, and Sahar Farahi, secretary, signing up members.

Jewish Studies Online Lectures