Majors, minors + certificates

Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies (JSTUBA)Borns Jewish Studies Program

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies provides students with an in-depth knowledge of Jewish studies, as well as proficiency in a language of relevance to Jewish studies. The curriculum focuses on the Jews and Judaism from antiquity to the present and their interaction with and impact on world history and cultures. 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 Art History, Comparative Literature, English, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Germanic Studies, History, Musicology (Jacobs School of Music), Middle 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. have the opportunity to structure coursework individually, according to their specific areas of interest.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 30 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Intermediate Hebrew or Yiddish. One (1) course:
  2. Introduction to Jewish History I. One (1) course:
  3. Introduction to Jewish History II. One (1) course:
  4. 300–499 Level Electives. Six (6) courses:
    • Jewish Studies Program (JSTU) courses
    • Courses offered by other departments and programs
      • (approved topic: "The Agnostic Bible")
      • (approved topic: "Yiddish Life: On Page, on Screen, on Stage")
      • (approved topics: "Culture, Memory, and Identity: Yiddish in the Post-Holocaust World"; "Ghetto, Shtetl, and Beyond: Millennium of History and Society of Yiddish")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "European Anti-Semitism")
      • (approved topic: "Anne Frank: Her Diary in Perspective")
      • (approved topic: "Anne Frank: Her Diary in Perspective")
      • (approved topic: "The Holocaust in American Memory")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "Anti-Semitism in Europe Since the Enlightenment")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics: "Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Medieval Mediterranean"; "Three Cultures in the Medieval Mediterranean: Interactions between Muslims, Christians, and Jews")
      • (approved topics: "Economy and the Jews"; "The Jewish Body"; "The Jews of Islam"; "Jewish History in (Auto) Biographies"; "Perpetrators of the Holocaust"; "Testimonies of the Holocaust")
      • (approved topics: "Anti-Semitism and Jewish Responses"; "Jewish Cultural History of the Modern Era"; "Jewish Emancipation"; "Perpetrating Genocide"; "Perpetrators of the Holocaust")
      • (approved topic: "Refugees and Migrants")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics: "The Agnostic Bible"; "The American Jewish Experience"; "American Jewish Writers"; "Literature of the Holocaust"; "Poetics of Biblical Narrative")
      • (approved topic: "Refugees and Migrants")
      • (approved topic: "Refugees and Migrants")
      • (approved topics: "Jewish Philosophy in the Medieval World: The Jews of Islam"; "Muslim Spain")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (with departmental approval)
      • (with departmental approval)
      • (with departmental approval)
      • (approved topics: "Rabbinic Judaism"; "Torah, Temple, and God in Ancient Judaism"; "Understanding the Rabbinic Mind")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "Studies in Rabbinic and Talmudic Literature")
      • (approved topics: "Bible and Beyond: Reading Early Jewish Literature"; "The Struggle for the Holy Land: Power, Piety, and Politics in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict"; "Talmud")
      • (approved topic: "Jews and Christians: Pilgrims and Exiles: Late Ancient and Early Medieval Imaginings of Travel, Territory, and Identity")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "Jewish Critics of Zionism")
      • MUS-M 410 Composer or Genre
  5. Electives. One (1) additional course:
    • Jewish Studies Program (JSTU) courses
    • Courses offered by other departments and programs
      • (approved topic: "The Agnostic Bible")
      • (approved topic: "The Agnostic Bible")
      • (approved topic: "Yiddish Life: On Page, on Screen, on Stage")
      • (approved topics: "Culture, Memory, and Identity: Yiddish in the Post-Holocaust World"; "Ghetto, Shtetl, and Beyond: Millennium of History and Society of Yiddish")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics: "Representing the Holocaust"; "Power, Politics, and Piety: Nationalism and Territory in Israel/Palestine"; "Question of Identity: Judaism"; "Who Wrote the Bible?")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "European Anti-Semitism")
      • (approved topic: "Anne Frank: Her Diary in Perspective")
      • (approved topic: "Anne Frank: Her Diary in Perspective")
      • (approved topic: "The Holocaust in American Memory")
      • (approved topics: "Extreme Violence in Europe 1900-1945: Political Utopias, Ethnic Conflict, and Total War"; "War and Violence in 20th Century Europe"; "The Zionist Movement between Europe and Palestine/Israel")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "Anti-Semitism in Europe Since the Enlightenment")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics: "Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Medieval Mediterranean"; "Three Cultures in the Medieval Mediterranean: Interactions between Muslims, Christians, and Jews")
      • (approved topics: "Economy and the Jews"; "The Jewish Body"; "The Jews of Islam"; "Jewish History in (Auto) Biographies"; "Perpetrators of the Holocaust"; "Testimonies of the Holocaust")
      • (approved topics: "Anti-Semitism and Jewish Responses"; "Jewish Cultural History of the Modern Era"; "Jewish Emancipation"; "Perpetrating Genocide"; "Perpetrators of the Holocaust")
      • (approved topic: "Refugees and Migrants")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics: "Anne Frank and Hitler: Studies in the Representations of Good and Evil"; "Literature of the Holocaust")
      • (approved topics: "The Agnostic Bible"; "The American Jewish Experience"; "American Jewish Writers"; "Literature of the Holocaust"; "Poetics of Biblical Narrative")
      • (approved topic: "Refugees and Migrants")
      • (approved topic: "Refugees and Migrants")
      • (approved topic: "Prostitutes, Homemakers, and CEOs: Israel and the Concept of University Women's Experiences")
      • (approved topics: "Jewish Philosophy in the Medieval World: The Jews of Islam"; "Muslim Spain")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (with departmental approval)
      • (with departmental approval)
      • (with departmental approval)
      • (approved topic: "Women in American Jewish History")
      • (approved topics: "Rabbinic Judaism"; "Torah, Temple, and God in Ancient Judaism"; "Understanding the Rabbinic Mind")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "Studies in Rabbinic and Talmudic Literature")
      • (approved topics: "Bible and Beyond: Reading Early Jewish Literature"; "The Struggle for the Holy Land: Power, Piety, and Politics in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict"; "Talmud")
      • (approved topic: "Jews and Christians: Pilgrims and Exiles: Late Ancient and Early Medieval Imaginings of Travel, Territory, and Identity")
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topic: "Jewish Critics of Zionism")
      • MUS-M 410 Composer or Genre
  6. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major 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 major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. College Breadth. At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also succesfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.