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Jewish Studies and Freshmen Orientation 2018


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 Modern Hebrew placement exam online at least 72 hours before you arrive for freshman orientation: (click on Modern 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 open to all students on campus.
What is the the Minor in Jewish Studies?
How Do I Officially Sign Up for the Major, Certificate, Minor in Jewish Studies, or Minor in Hebrew?

The Borns Jewish Studies Program offers 5 options for students:

1. The Jewish Studies Major - [Jewish Studies Major Guide]

  • 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 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 2019)
  • 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. Jewish Sacred Music Curriculum

3. The Jewish Studies Certificate

  • Open to all undergraduate students on the Bloomington campus!

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

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.

4. The Minor in Jewish Studies

  • Students must complete 15 credit hours of Jewish Studies courses [Fall 2018 JS Schedule of Classes], including at least 9 credit hours at the 300–400 level.
  • A maximum of two modern Hebrew or Yiddish language courses can be counted toward the minor.
  • The minor is particularly suited to Business, SPEA, Education, Informatics, Public Health, and Social Work students.
  • Students may count BUS-L 272 Global Business Immersion (Entrepreneurism in Israel topic only) or BUS-X 272 Global Business Immersion (if the topic is related to Israel) toward the minor.
  • Students completing the major or certificate in Jewish Studies are not eligible to complete this minor.

5. The Jewish Studies Minor in Hebrew

Students must complete the following requirements

  • 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

The 3 courses at the 300-400 level cannot be counted toward the Jewish Studies major, certificate, or the minor 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 Jewish Studies minor and the Hebrew minor; or the Hebrew minor alone. Hebrew minor students must complete at least 6 credit hours of course work in the minor on the Bloomington campus; Total of 15 credit hours.

Yiddish Minor through the Department of Germanic Studies

Important Note: Policy on Counting a Course toward Mulitple Degree Objectives - A student may not count more than (1) course (of up to three [3] credit hours) toward the credit hour requirement of more than (1) major (inlcuding the major portion of B.S. and B.F.A. degrees), certificate, or minor. This policy will be implemented as follows

  1. Student must satisfy all requirements for the first degree objective (major, certificate, or minor).
  2. Student must satisfy all requirements for the second degree objective (major, certificate, or minor).
  3. The total number of unique credit hours sucessfully completed by the student for both degree objectives must be equal to or greater than the total minimum number of credit hours required for both degree objectives (as defined by each degree objective), minus three (3) credits.

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?


1. A course in Modern Hebrew or Yiddish

A. Modern Hebrew
Students with background in Hebrew should take the Modern Hebrew placement exam at least 72 hours before arriving for freshman orientation - (click on Modern Hebrew). Depending on placement, students may enroll in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 5th semester of Modern Hebrew in the Fall. Students placing into 4th or 6th semester Modern Hebrew will need to wait until spring 2019 to study Modern Hebrew. Students with no background in Hebrew wanting to take Modern Hebrew should enroll in JSTU-H 100.

Elementary Modern Hebrew I (4 cr / 3 cr)
JSTU-H 100 / NELC-H 501 
MW 10:10-11:00 (Global & International Studies 0013); F 9:30-10:45 (Woodburn Hall 119); (2617 / 3632); Michal Maoz-Levy
MW 11:15-12:05 (Global & International Studies 0013); F 11:15-12:30 (Global & International Studies1128); (2619 / 5160); D. Romashov
MW 12:20-1:10 (Global & International Studies 0013); F 1:00-2:15 (Wylie 115); (2618 / 3633); D. Romashov
GenEd WL

Elementary Modern Hebrew II (4 cr / 3 cr)
Ayelet Weiss
JSTU-H 150 (31944) / NELC-H 502 (33301)
MW 10:10-11:00 (Global & International Studies 0011); F 9:30-10:45 (Sycamore 022)
P: Grade of C or higher in JSTU-H 100/NELC-H 501 or equivalent proficiency
GenEd WL

Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (3 cr)
JSTU-H 200 / NELC-H 503
MWF 11:15-12:05 (2620 / 3634 / Global & International Studies 0011); Michal Maoz-Levy
MWF 12:20-1:10 (13540 /14055 / Global & International Studies 0009); Ayelet Weiss
P: Grade of C or higher in JSTU-H 150/NELC-H 502 or equivalent proficiency
GenEd WL

Advanced Modern Hebrew I (3 cr)                                                                                                                          
Michal Maoz-Levy
JSTU-H 300 (2621) / NELC-H 505 (4912)
MWF 12:20-1:10 (Global & International Studies 0011)
P: Grade of C or higher in JSTU-H 250/NELC-H 504 or equivalent proficiency.

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 Yiddish

Beginning Yiddish I (4 cr / 3 cr)
Dov-Ber Kerler
GER-Y 100 (11494) / GER-Y 501 (11492)
MWF 9:30-10:45 (Cedar C103)
GenEd WL

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 the required course

Introduction to Jewish History: From the Bible to Spanish Expulsion (3 cr)
Sarah Ifft Decker
JSTU-J 251 (6967) / HIST-H 251 (31872)
TR 11:15-12:30 (Swain East 240)    

If there is no room in JSTU-J 251, register for the course under HIST-H 251 #31872 (same class time, room, & professor).

Fulfills: Required course for Jewish Studies majors & certificate students, GenEd S&H, GenEd WC, CASE S&H, CASE GCC; credit given for only one of J251 or HIST-H 251.

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:

Interested in the Jewish Studies Minor?

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