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 and 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.

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    Requirements for the Islamic Studies Minor (18 credits)

    Required Courses (6 credits)

    Choose four elective courses (12 credits)

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

Program Contact Information

Katherine Merriman
Assistant Professor
Director of the Islamic Studies Program
Department of Religious Studies
Briggs Building, Room 338
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1962
Fax: 313-993-1166