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 48 hours before you arrive for freshman orientation: 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 5 options for students:
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.
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 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.
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 48 hours before you arrive for freshman orientation - foreignlanguageplacement.indiana.edu/ (click on Hebrew). Depending on placement, students may enroll in 1st, 3rd, 4th or 5th semester of Hebrew in the Fall. Students placing into 2nd or 6th semester Hebrew will need to wait until spring 2017 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)
JSTU-H 100 (all sections meet in BH 222)
MTWR 10:10-11:00 #4304
MTWR 11:15-12:05 #4306
MTWR 12:20-1:10 #4305
Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (3 cr)
MWF 10:10-11:00 #14442 (BH 337)
MWF 11:15-12:05 #4307 (BH 231)
P: Grade of C or higher in JSTU-H 150 or equivalent proficiency
Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (3 cr)
JSTU-H 250 #12556
MWF 12:20-1:10 (BH 231)
P: Grade of C or higher in JSTU-H 200 or equivalent proficiency
Advanced Modern Hebrew I (3 cr)
JSTU-H300 #4308/ NELC-H 505 #6902
MWF 12:20-1:10 (BH 337)
P: Grade of C or higher in JSTU-H 250 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 Biblical Hebrew
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I(4 cr)
JSTU-B 100 #14077
MTWF 10:10-11 (BH 314)
C. Or Yiddish
Beginning Yiddish I (4 cr)
GER-Y 100 #30719
MWF 9:30-10:45(BH 141)
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
Guadalupe González Diéguez
JSTU-J 251 #9466
If there is no room in JSTU-J 251, register for the course under HIST-H 251 #4125 (same class time, room, & professor).
Fulfills: Required course for Jewish Studies majors & certificate students, GenEd S&H, GenEd WC, CASE S&H, CASE GCC.
Power, Politics, and Piety: Nationalism and Territory in Israel/Palestine (3 cr)
COLL-C 103 Critical Approaches to Arts & Humanities
TR 12:20-1:10 plus discussion: F 11:15-12:05 # 30793; F 12:20-1:10 #30794
GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, CASE CAPP
Jews, Christians, Muslims (3 cr)
REL-R 152 #28250
Discussions: F 10:10-11 (28251); F 11:15-12:05 (28252); F 12:20-1:10 (28253); F 1:25-2:15 (28254); F 2:30-3:20 (28255); F 3:35-4:25 (28256)
GenEd A&H, GenEd WC, CASE A&H, CASE GCC
Genocide in the Modern World (3 cr)
HIST-W 200 Issues in World History #12956
GenEd S&H, GenEd WC; CASE S&H
Israeli Inequality in Context (3 cr)
JSTU-C 216 #30724 / NELC-N 216 #31042
GenEd WC; CASE S&H; CASE GCC
Anne Frank and Hitler: Studies in the Representation of Good and Evil (3 cr)
JSTU-J 203 Arts & Humanities Topics in Jewish Studies #9272 / HON-H 234 Literature of Time & Place #10181
GenEd A&H, CASE A&H
Israel: History, Society, Culture (3 cr)
JSTU-J 254 #32333 / HIST-C 230 #32045
GenEd S&H; GenEd WC; CASE S&H; CASE GCC
Literary Masterpieces of Muslim Spain (3 cr)
Guadalupe González Diéguez
JSTU-J 260 #14764 / NELC- N 260 #14762 / MEST-M 200 Medieval Cultures #34944
GenEd A&H; GenEd WC; CASE A&H; CASE GCC; IW
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. To sign up for the minor in Jewish Studies, email Dr. Carolyn Lipson-Walker