A comprehensive program focused on community

One of the largest, oldest, and most comprehensive programs of its kind, the Borns Jewish Studies Program (Borns JSP) at Indiana University is a premier hub for Jewish Studies. Our program is committed to fostering leadership skills, civic responsibility, and academic achievement through rigorous interdisciplinary study of Jews and Judaism.

Our distinguished faculty, talented students, outstanding staff, almost 1,000 accomplished alumni, and supportive community work together to ensure the best possible experience for our students. The interaction of our twenty-one faculty members working in musicology, history, biblical studies, Yiddish and Hebrew languages and linguistics, political science, comparative literature, the history of art, the study of ancient Jewry, and more, makes for an enormously enriching and stimulating atmosphere.

The Borns JSP offers an intimate learning environment within a major research university. Our diverse student body takes advantage of IU's many resources in global and international studies, languages, culture, and the arts, while benefiting from the personal attention associated with small liberal arts colleges. Numerous extracurricular and academic activities sponsored by the program, including the Jewish Studies Student Association and the Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association, help this world-leading Jewish Studies program fosters a close-knit learning community.

Students in our undergraduate major, certificate, Jewish Studies minor, Hebrew minor, M.A., and Ph.D. minor programs are eligible for generous scholarships and fellowships (including incoming multi-year freshmen scholarships, scholarships for continuing undergraduates, fellowships for both the M.A. and Ph.D). 

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