Amireh, Bakhash, Butler, Dakake (director), DeCaroli, Haddad, Hamdani, Katz, Lukacs, Mandaville, McGlinchey, Paden, Salawdeh
The minor in Islamic studies is designed for students interested in the societies, cultures, history, and politics of the Islamic world. It offers students the opportunity to study the many societies that have significant Muslim populations. These societies are not just in the Middle East. They stretch from North Africa to Southeast Asia and beyond. They include Europe as well as North America. To fulfill the requirements for the minor, students take a wide variety of courses from a range of departments. These courses provide students with a broad and well-rounded understanding of Islam.
The minor will enhance students' opportunities for future study and employment, especially in the Washington, D.C. area.
This is an interdisciplinary minor offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of the catalog.
Students pursuing this minor must complete 21 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.
GOVT 345 - Islam and Politics
Special topics courses, when relevant, may be used to fulfill this requirement with prior written approval of the director.
ENGH 309 - Topics in Literature (when topic is Arab and Arab-American writers)
GGS 325 - Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
GGS 330 - Geography of the Soviet Succession States
GOVT 328 - Non-Western Political Theory
GOVT 332 - Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
GOVT 340 - Central Asian Politics
Arabic may be used to fulfill this requirement, but other languages of the Islamic world may be substituted with prior written approval of the director. This requirement may be waived for students who can demonstrate proficiency in a relevant foreign language. Contact the college Office of Undergraduate Affairs. Such students will be required to take 3 additional elective credits.
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.