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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Islamic Studies

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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.

Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2015-2016)

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.

Three core courses (9 credits)

GOVT 345 - Islam and Politics

HIST 281 - Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization

RELI 272 - Islam

Three elective courses (9 credits) chosen from:

Special topics courses, when relevant, may be used to fulfill this requirement with prior written approval of the director.

ARAB 420 - Survey of Arabic Literature

ARAB 440 - Topics in Arabic Religious Thought and Texts

ANTH 308 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East

ANTH 309 - Peoples and Cultures of India

ARTH 320 - Art of the Islamic World

ARTH 382 - Arts of India

ARTH 386 - The Silk Road

ENGH 309 - Topics in Literature (when topic is Arab and Arab-American writers)

FREN 453 - Topics in North African Francophone Literature and Culture

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

HIST 282 - Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization

HIST 462 - Women in Islamic Society

HIST 460 - Modern Iran

HIST 465 - The Middle East in the 20th Century

RELI 355 - Sufism

RELI 374 - Islamic Thought

RELI 375 - Qur'an and Hadith

One course (3 credits) in a foreign language of any country with a significant Muslim population

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.

Total: 21 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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