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Jewish Studies and Freshmen Orientation 2013

CLASS OF 2017 - WELCOME TO INDIANA UNIVERSITY!

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:

What Courses Should I Take this Fall?
Majors--Have More Room in Your Schedule?
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 3 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 (fall) and JSTU-J 252/HIST-H 252 (spring)
  • 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 and JSTU-J 252/HIST-H 252
  • 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 addtional 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.

Jewish Sacred Music Curriculum

  • Students with an interest in becoming cantors can prepare through a special sequence of courses as either Jewish Studies majors or voice majors in the Jacobs School of Music.

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 Hebrew or Yiddish: 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, or 5th semester Hebrew in the Fall. Students placing into 4th or 6th semester Hebrew will need to wait until spring 2014 to study Hebrew. Students with no background in Hebrew should enroll in JSTU-H 100.

    JSTU-H 100 Elementary Hebrew I (4 cr.)
    MTWR 10:10-11:00 3600 Ballantine 232
    MTWR 11:15-12:05 3602 Ballantine 232
    MTWR 12:20-1:10 3601 Ballantine 232

    JSTU-H 150 Elementary Hebrew II (4 cr.)
    MTWR 10:10-11:00 29147 Ballantine 016

    JSTU-H 200 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (3 cr.)
    MWF 10:10-11 11604 Ballantine 229
    MWF 11:15-12:05 3603 Ballantine 016
    MWF 12:20-1:10 3604 Ballantine 241

    JSTU-H 300 Advanced Modern Hebrew I (3 cr.)
    MWF 12:20-1:10 3605 Ballantine 016

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

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

    Students should start taking Hebrew courses in their freshman year and take the courses in two consecutive academic years.



  2. A minimum grade of C is required to move on to a higher level course in Hebrew.

    B. Or students can enroll in GER-Y 100 Beginning Yiddish I (4 cr.) MWF 9:30-10:45 #7568 Ballantine 664


    All 100 and 200 level Hebrew and Yiddish courses are Gen Ed World language courses.

    Completion of the 4th semester of any Jewish language fulfills the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement.

  3. All freshman Jewish Studies majors and certificate students should also take JSTU-J 251 Introduction to Jewish History: From the Bible to Spanish Expulsion, Jason Mokhtarian, TR 2:30-3:45, #10393 Ballantine 347. If there is no room in JSTU-J 251, register for the course under HIST-H 251 #3319 (same class time, room, & professor).

    Fulfills: Required course for Jewish Studies majors & certificate students, GEN ED S&H, GEN ED World Cultures, CASE S&H, College Global Civilizations & Cultures course.

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 (3 cr.)
Jason Mokhtarian
JSTU-J 251 (#10396)/ HIST-H 251 (#3319)
TR 2:30-3:45

Other courses certificate students can take :

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.