Jewish Studies is for everyone. Its focus is the study OF Jews and Judaism. We welcome students from all personal and academic backgrounds to our courses, major, certificate program, and Hebrew minor.
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:
The Borns Jewish Studies Program offers 4 options for students:
1. The Jewish Studies Major
Students must complete the following courses/requirements for the major:
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.
Students must complete the following requirements for the certificate:
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
Biblical Hebrew Track
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
JSTU-B 100 #30878
MTWR 10:10-11:00 BH 205
C. Or Yiddish
Beginning Yiddish I (4 cr)
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.
A Question of Identity: The Case for Judaism (3 cr)
COLL-C 103 Critical Approaches to Arts & Humanities #11061
MW 12:20-1:10 BH 109
Plus discussion: 10:10-11 (F) #11062; 11:15-12:05 (F) #11063; 12:20-1:10 (F) #11064; 1:25-2:15 (F) #14597
GenEd A&H; CASE A&H; CASE CAPP
Who Wrote the Bible? (3 cr)
COLL-C 103 Critical Approaches to Arts & Humanities #11055
TR 3:35-4:25 JH 124
Plus discussion: 10:10-11 (F) #11056; 10:10-11 (F) #14593; 11:15-12:05 (F) #11057; 11:15-12:05 (F) #14594
GenEd A&H; CASE A&H; CASE CAPP
The Zionist Movement Between Europe & Palestine/Israel (3 cr)
HIST-B 200 Issues in Western European History #15376
TR 9:30-10:45 BH 246
GenEd S&H; GenEd WC; CASE S&H
Literary Masterpieces of Muslim Spain (3 cr)
Guadalupe González Diéguez
JSTU-J 260 / NELC- N 260
MW 2:30-3:45 WH 008
GenEd A&H; GenEd WC; CASE A&H; CASE GCC; IW
David: The Man and the King (3 cr)
JSTU-L 280 #30957
TR 1-2:15 BH 138
GenEd A&H; CASE A&H; CASE GCC
Israeli Inequality in Context (3 cr)
NELC-N 204 #33757
GenEd S&H; GenEd WC; CASE S&H; CASE GCC
Introduction to the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible (3 cr)
REL-A 210 #30415
MW 11:15-12:30 BH 310
GenEd A&H, GenED WC, CASE A&H, CASE GCC
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.