Islamic Studies Minor


The Islamic Studies minor offers an approach to the focused study of Islam and Muslims that examines principal beliefs, core values, practices and cultural expressions. Courses provide introductory as well as critical, in-depth analyses of key themes employing the five Cs for foreign faith learning (communication, cultures, communities, comparisons and connections). It surveys insider as well as outsider views of Islam, creatively engages students in communications about cross-disciplinary topics, connects Islam with the sciences, identifies commonalities and distinct viewpoints, occasionally compares Islam with other monotheistic as well as monistic traditions and participates in diverse communities that are multi-ethnic, multi-vocal, multi-linguistic and transnational. Courses will examine creative Islam, controversial Islam, classical Islam and contemporary Islam. The minor investigates the ultimate priorities, purposes and passions of a living faith and cultural tradition.

The minor is administered by the Department of Religious Studies.

The following are course requirements for completion of the 18-credit-hour Islamic Studies minor:

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    Program Requirements (18 credits)

    Required Courses (6 credits)

    Elective Courses (12 credits)

    Select four courses from the following list. At least three courses (9 credits) must be at the 3000 or 4000 level, and no more than 3 credits in Arabic may count towards the minor.

Program Contact Information

Associate Professor and Department Chair: Todd Hibbard, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 332
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1088
Fax: 313-993-1166

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