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Jewish Studies and Freshmen Orientation 2015

CLASS OF 2019 - WELCOME TO INDIANA UNIVERSITY!

The faculty and staff of the Borns Jewish Studies Program are pleased you have selected Indiana University to further your education! One of the largest undergraduate Jewish Studies programs in the U.S., IU Jewish Studies is noted for its commitment to undergraduate education, excellence in classroom experiences, as well as student programming and scholarships, internships, prizes, and travel support for students.

We hope you’ll meet with the Jewish Studies Advisor (Carolyn Lipson-Walker) in the Fall and become a Jewish Studies student!
If you have previous knowledge of Hebrew, you should take the Hebrew placement exam online at least 72 hours before you arrive for freshman orientation: http://foreignlanguageplacement.indiana.edu/ (click on Hebrew).

In the meantime, you’ll find below all the information you need for freshman orientation and fall registration right here:

What Courses Should I Take this Fall?
Majors--Have More Room in Your Schedule? Here's What You Can Take.
Interested in the Certificate in Jewish Studies? It’s is open to all students on campus.
How Do I Officially Sign Up for the Major or Certificate?

The Borns Jewish Studies Program offers 4 options for students:
1. The Jewish Studies Major

  • Open to College of Arts and Sciences students (B.A. students only; not B.S.).
  • Jacobs School of Music students can complete a B.S. in Music with Jewish Studies as an Outside Field (considered by the School of Music as a second major.)

Students must complete the following courses/requirements for the major:

  • JSTU-H 250 Intermediate Modern Hebrew II, JSTU-B 250 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II, or GER-Y 250 Intermediate Yiddish II.
  • JSTU-J 251/HIST-H 251 (take THIS fall) and JSTU-J 252/HIST-H 252 (Take in spring 2016)
  • Six additional courses (18 credits) in Jewish Studies at the 300-400 level
  • One additional course (3 cr.) in Jewish Studies at any level

A maximum of 3 courses may be credited from language testing or from transfer credit.  Courses taken at Hebrew University (via IU Overseas Study) count as IUB courses. Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Total: 30 credit hours.

2. The Jewish Studies Certificate

  • Open to all undergraduate students on the Bloomington campus!
  • Kelley School of Business students can complete half of the certificate with 4 Jewish Studies courses (JSTU-J 251/HIST-H 251 and JSTU-J 252/HIST-H 252) to fulfill World Languages & Cultures and 2 Jewish Studies courses that fulfill your A&H requirements.
  • Jacobs School of Music students can complete the certificate along with a Bachelor of Music.

Students must complete the following requirements for the certificate:

  • JSTU-J 251/HIST-H251 (Fall) and JSTU-J 252/HIST-H 252 (Spring)
  • Six more courses in Jewish Studies with a minimum of 3 courses at the 300-400 level

No more than 4 courses from the student's major can be double-counted toward the Jewish Studies certificate; At least 3 courses (excludes credit from language testing) in Jewish Studies must be taken on the IUB campus; A maximum of 3 courses may be credited from language testing or from transfer credit. Courses taken at Hebrew University (via IU Overseas Study) count as IUB courses; All course work must be completed with a grade of C- or higher; Total of 24 credit hours minimum.

3. The Jewish Studies Minor in Hebrew (Modern Hebrew Track or Biblical Hebrew Track)
Students must complete the following requirements
Modern Hebrew Track

  • Completion of JSTU-H 200, JSTU-H 250, JSTU-H 300, and JSTU-H 350 with a grade of C or higher or equivalent
  • At least 1 additional course at the 300-400 level in Hebrew language or in Hebrew literature in English

Biblical Hebrew Track

  • Completion of JSTU-B 200, JSTU-B 250, JSTU-H 300, and JSTU-H 350 with a grade of C or higher, or equivalent
  • At least 1 additional course at the 300-400 level on rabbinic or Biblical literature.

The 3 courses at the 300-400 level cannot be counted toward the Jewish Studies major or the certificate in Jewish Studies; A student majoring in Hebrew through the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures may not also earn a minor in Hebrew; Students can choose to pursue both the Jewish Studies major and the Hebrew minor or the Jewish Studies certificate and the Hebrew minor, or the Hebrew minor alone; Students must complete at least 6 credit hours of course work in the minor on the Bloomington campus; Total of 15 credit hours.

4. Jewish Sacred Music Curriculum

Yiddish Minor through the Department of Germanic Studies

Interested in being a Jewish educator? You should pursue the major in Jewish Studies rather than a degree in Education. Only students who primarily want to teach in a public school should become Education majors.

What Courses in Jewish Studies Should I Take This Fall?

INTERESTED IN THE JEWISH STUDIES MAJOR?

1. A course in Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew or Yiddish

A. Modern Hebrew
Students with background in Hebrew should take the Hebrew placement exam at least 72 hours before you arrive for freshman orientation - http://foreignlanguageplacement.indiana.edu/ (click on Hebrew). Depending on placement, students may enroll in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th semester of Hebrew in the Fall. Students placing into 6th semester Hebrew will need to wait until spring 2015 to study Hebrew. Students with no background in Hebrew wanting to take Modern Hebrew should enroll in JSTU-H 100.

Elementary Hebrew I (4 cr)
Dmitry Romashov
JSTU-H 100
MTWR 10:10-11:00 #4570; BH 208   (may be moved to new GISB)
MTWR 11:15-12:05 #4572; BH 208 (may be moved to new GISB) 
MTWR 12:20-1:10 #4571; BH 208 (may be moved to new GISB)

Elementary Hebrew II  (4 cr; second semester Modern Hebrew)
Michal Maoz-Levy
JSTU-H 150 #12372
MTWR 11:15-12:05 BH 205 (may be moved to new GISB)

Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (3 cr; third semester Modern Hebrew)
JSTU-H 200
MWF 10:10-11 #31424; BH 209; Michal Maoz-Levy (may be moved to new GISB)
MWF 12:20-1:10 #4574; BH 244; Ayelet Weiss (may be moved to new GISB)

Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (3 cr; fourth semester Modern Hebrew)
Ayelet Weiss
JSTU-H 250 # 14036
MWF 10:10-11 BH 244 may be moved to new GISB)

Advanced Modern Hebrew I (3 cr; fifth semester Modern Hebrew)
Michal Maoz-Levy
JSTU-H 300 #4575
MWF 12:30-1:10 BH 209 (may be moved to new GISB)

No more spaces? Put yourself on a waitlist! We’ll always accommodate students.

Students should start taking Hebrew courses in their freshman year and take the courses in two consecutive academic years. A minimum grade of C is required to move on to a higher level course in Hebrew.

B. Or Biblical Hebrew
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I
(4 cr)
Nathan Mastnjak
JSTU-B 100 #30878
MTWR 10:10-11:00 BH 205

C. Or Yiddish
Beginning Yiddish I
(4 cr)
Avi Lang
GER-Y 100 #7968 B
MTWR 9:05-9:55; BH 321

All 100 and 200 level Jewish language courses are GenEd World language courses. Completion of the 4th semester of any Jewish language fulfills the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement.

* M=Monday; T=Tuesday; W=Wednesday; R=Thursday; F=Friday

2. Introduction to Jewish History: From the Bible to Spanish Expulsion

All freshman Jewish Studies majors and certificate students should also take Introduction to Jewish History: From the Bible to Spanish Expulsion
Guadalupe González Diéguez
JSTU-J 251 #10233
TR 2:30-3:45 ED 1120

If there is no room in JSTU-J 251, register for the course under HIST-H 251 #8820 (same class time, room, & professor).

Fulfills: Required course for Jewish Studies majors & certificate students, GenEd S&H, GenEd WC, CASE S&H, CASE GCC.

Majors — Have More Room in Your Fall Schedule?

Other courses that incoming Jewish Studies majors might want to take in the fall:

Interested in the Certificate in Jewish Studies?

Sign up for:

  • Introduction to Jewish History: From the Bible to Spanish Expulsion (see above)
  • Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, or Yiddish Language Course (see above)
  • A Question of Identity: The Case for Judaism COLL-C 103 Critical Approaches to Arts and Humanities

Call the Jewish Studies secretary (812) 855-0453 in the fall to make an appointment. Students will not be considered Jewish Studies majors or certificate students until they have met with the Jewish Studies advisor, Dr. Carolyn Lipson-Walker.