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Minor in Yiddish Studies (Minors) (YIDDSHMIN)Department of Germanic Studies

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements.


The Minor in Yiddish Studies focuses on a high German language once widely used by eastern European Jews and by Jewish emigrants through the world. The Yiddish tradition continues to exert a strong influence on contemporary media and literature. Drawing on courses taught in conjunction with the Jewish Studies Program, the minor offers students the opportunity to develop Yiddish language skills, as well as to learn about the history, literature, drama, and film of Eastern European and American Yiddish culture.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Beginning Yiddish II. One (1) course:
  2. Intermediate Yiddish I. One (1) course:
  3. Intermediate Yiddish II. One (1) course:
  4. Electives. Nine (9) credit hours:
    • One of the following:
    • One of the following:
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.