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Prospective Jewish Studies Students

Indiana University is
“The Place for Jewish Studies”

IU Jewish Studies is the place for the best possible undergraduate experience for a Jewish Studies major. See the Jewish Studies Major Guide.

Watch brief video: Hear from a student about IU undergraduate Jewish Studies experience

IU is the only university or college where Jewish Studies majors get the whole package:


40+ courses per year covering all fields & periods in Jewish Studies

Taught by 23 world-renowned faculty members: (6 of 13 core faculty hold endowed chairs!) who are committed to providing students with an outstanding education and knowing and mentoring them
Close academic support from the Jewish Studies advisor
Courses on Israel Studies; Holocaust Studies; Study of Antisemitism; Bible and Rabbinics; Jewish Music, Art & Culture; Modern Jewish Religious Experience; American Judaism; Gender & Judaism; Modern European Jewish History; Jewish Intellectual History; Jews of Islam; Modern Hebrew Language & Literature; Biblical Hebrew; Yiddish Language & Literature

Financial Support:

Up to $60,000 scholarships for incoming first year students. Application deadline for Fall 2022 students is January 27, 2022.

In addition, annual scholarship competition for all Jewish Studies major and certificate students

Jewish Studies + Kelley

Earn a bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies and an additional year earning a master's degree from the Kelley School of Business. For details see Jewish Studies + Kelley.

Active, Caring Learning Community:

Many opportunities to have dinner with professors (including annual dinner for majors in faculty member’s home); desserts with faculty; games/competitions with faculty; student gala dinner; concerts, plays, lectures by distinguished scholars and writers. An active Jewish Studies Student Association.  

Unparalleled Career Support - Great Careers for Jewish Studies Majors

Our Alumni Make A Difference! “Where would the American Jewish community be today were it not for the Indiana University Jewish Studies Program? – Steven Weitzman, former Director, Borns Jewish Studies Program
Annual Career Night with Alumni Fellows
Regular Emails with Jewish Studies Career and Internship Information
Our Majors also have time to pursue the Non-Profit Management Minor; the Political and Civic Engagement Certificate; and/or the Liberal Arts Management Program, and many other College majors and minors.
Alumni Network Supports Current Students – hundreds of our alumni mentoring our students – our alumni include 43 Rabbis, 10 Cantors and many Jewish educators and Jewish communal professionals plus doctors, lawyers, business executives, etc.

Israel Study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem; Supportive campus for Israel Studies

One-of-a-kind Jewish Sacred Music Curriculum (pre-cantorial) through Jewish Studies major or as Jacobs School of Music student

Our students are the centerpiece of our program and we make special efforts to provide them with the kinds of educational opportunities they need and deserve.

"I chose to work towards an IU JSP because I was always interested in Jewish history and Jewish culture. However, going to Hebrew school growing up did not fulfill that desire. So I began to take in an interest when choosing classes to take freshman year. High school kids coming into their freshman year should choose at least one Jewish Studies class because you never know how the class will interest you and take on a whole new meaning and purpose in your life." - Simone Schrell (2015)

An alumnus described the Borns Jewish Studies Program as “collaborative, creative, collegial, & caring”.

“The Borns Jewish Studies Program at IU offers the best of both worlds. I am able to have the perks of a large university while also being able to create strong, close relationships with my professors and advisor.” — Frankie Salzman (2016), rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College

“The Jewish Sacred Music program is the ideal route for prospective cantorial students. Getting to experience courses in both music and Jewish studies is a unique opportunity that can only be found at IU. With helpful advisors, tons of interesting classes, and an environment full of opportunities, IU is the only place to go for Jewish sacred music.” — Becky Mann (2017), cantorial student at The Hebrew University

 “I chose to attend Indiana University, in large part, because of the Jewish Studies program. It was a decision based on concrete factors--the large number of majors, the breadth and prestige of the Jewish Studies faculty, and the unparalleled funding available to attract top students to the program. However, after visiting campus and meeting with Carolyn Lipson-Walker, it was also a decision based on intangible factors--the coziness of Goodbody Hall, the warmth and familiarity I saw between faculty and staff, and the seemingly endless opportunities that I would have. All of those factors came to fruition, as I had the opportunity to study the an incredibly wide range of academic topics within Jewish studies, to attend extra-curricular JS lectures, discussions, films, plays, and musical performances, and to build meaningful relationships with staff, faculty, and fellow undergraduate and graduate students.” — Sarah Wilensky Shukovsky (2011), Advocate counselor at Emma Lazarus High School in New York City

“So many doors are being opened to me because of my time as a student of the Borns Jewish Studies Program. I am so thankful that the program has given me the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment where I can be most successful. “ — Rabbi Austin Zoot (2014), Valley Temple, Cincinnati

"I came to IU specifically for the renowned Borns Jewish Studies Program and I have not regretted my decision for a single moment. It is well known in the Jewish professional world as a top program. It is one of the most supportive campuses for Jewish students who love Israel. The advisors, faculty, and staff of the Borns JSP have been nothing but helpful and supportive my entire college career. The class options are tremendous and interesting. My best friends from IU were Jewish Studies majors and I have formed great relationships with Jewish Studies alumni. I even got my first job from connecting with IU Jewish Studies alumni! My professors have taken the time to get to know students. I have been to many professors' houses for dinner. The Borns JSP is really a family and they have fostered a supporting community in the heart of Indiana unlike anything I have ever seen on another campus." — Emily Berman Pernick (2010), Jewish Studies and Political Science B.A., 2010; formerly Midwest Political Director for AIPAC and Deputy Director for Strategic Partnerships & Global Affairs for the City of Chicago; currently Senior Account Executive with Resolute Consulting.

What may be the greatest benefit of all for our students is the opportunity to be part of a community with other bright and highly motivated students from around the U.S.

To pursue Jewish Studies at Indiana University is to be part of a comprehensive and unusually caring program of studies, carefully built over more forty two years, which encourages students to focus rigorous attention on Judaism and the Jews.

Open to students of all backgrounds.