Departments & Programs

Jewish Studies


The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program (JSTU) has as its objective the study of Jewish civilization from antiquity to the present and its interaction with and impact on world civilization. Our program draws on the many disciplines necessary to study the multifaceted Jewish experience, thus bringing a variety of approaches to the study of Jewish civilization. Contributing departments include Anthropology, Communication and Culture, Comparative Literature, English, Fine Arts, Germanic Studies, History, Hutton Honors College, Musicology, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Political Science, and Religious Studies. Modern and Biblical Hebrew language courses and Hebrew literature and culture courses taught within the Jewish Studies Program offer students a way to understand Jewish culture and its historical experience through literary analysis of texts and artifacts. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Jewish Studies Program, students enrolled in the B.A. or certificate programs have the opportunity to structure course work individually, according to their specific areas of interest.

Students in the Jewish Studies Program can pursue either a B.A. in Jewish studies or a certificate in Jewish studies. Students, in addition, may complete a minor in Hebrew or a minor in Yiddish studies (through Germanic Studies). These programs are open to students from all academic and personal backgrounds.

We encourage students planning to major in Jewish studies to see the Jewish studies advisor in their first or second semester. Students may call (812) 855-0453 to make an appointment.

The Borns Jewish Studies Program is affiliated with the new School of Global and International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, dedicated to providing Indiana University undergraduates with the intellectual tools they will need to live, work, and thrive in the globalized world of the twenty-first century. Degree programs associated with SGIS emphasize language proficiency, cultural competency, and in-depth training in qualitative and quantitative methodologies. SGIS students will enjoy unparalleled access to a stellar faculty and career-focused advising. For further information regarding the mission, structure and resources of the School of Global and International Studies see

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Contact Information

Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program
Indiana University
Goodbody Hall 326
1011 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005

(812) 855-0453
iujsp [at] indiana [dot] edu