Generous Jewish Studies Scholarships: Continuing Jewish Studies undergraduates have been awarded $191,000 in scholarships for the current year. High school students can apply for 4-year scholarships. More »
Jewish Studies Administrative Internship: Each year the JSP awards an administrative internship to a continuing Jewish Studies student. More »
Israeli writer Etgar Keret signs his book for a Jewish Studies student during his visit to Indiana University.
Regular Student-Faculty Gatherings: Fall dessert, spring gala dinner, lunches — all free. More »
Jewish Sacred Music Curriculum: Students interested in conducting in-depth study of music in Jewish religious life, including those wishing to prepare for a career in Jewish sacred music, can do so thorough a special sequence of courses as either Jewish Studies majors or voice majors in the Jacobs School of Music. More »
Professional Development Grants: Up to $500 of funding available for students attending academic and professional conferences related to Jewish Studies. More »
Senior Prize, Yiddish Prize, and Essay Competition Prize More »
Honors Program: This program is designed for outstanding majors. More »
Personalized Advising: There is a strong emphasis on supportive, close advisor-student communication. The faculty and advisor are committed to taking time with students to help them make the most of their college experience. More »
Jewish Studies Student Association: Many events and activities. More »
Study Abroad in Israel: Spend the year or a semester during your junior year at Hebrew University through IU Overseas Study or transfer credit back from Ben-Gurion University, Haifa University, or Tel Aviv University. More »
Some of current class of freshmen Jewish Studies majors with professor Jason Mokhtarian (back row-left)
Career Support/Weekly E-mail Newsletter: We mentor our students for careers related to Jewish Studies with an alumni mentor program, an annual career night (run by visiting Alumni Fellows), & weekly e-mails with news about jobs/internships, summer opportunities, scholarships, graduate programs, and programs in Israel.
Regular visits by Distinguished Lecturers: In the past, the Borns JSP has brought to the Bloomington campus such notable visitors as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Deborah Lipstadt, Dennis Ross, Elie Wiesel, Emil Fackenheim, Cynthia Ozick, Yigael Yadin, and Primo Levi. More »
You can choose to study modern Hebrew or Yiddish — 2 Jewish Languages. The most widely spoken Jewish language ever, Yiddish was the oral and literary language for most Jews in Europe for nearly 800 years, as well as the language of Jewish immigrants to the U.S. Students placing out of two semesters of modern Hebrew automatically have these two semesters of Hebrew (four credits each) added to their IU transcript. If students test out of courses beyond the first two semesters, they must take the Hebrew language course at the level at which they place to earn further Hebrew language credit. Modern Hebrew language courses are taught in a yearly cycle with the first semester (JSTU-H 100), third semester (JSTU-H 200), and fifth semester (JSTU-H 300) taught each fall. Beginning Yiddish is offered every Fall.