Bachelor of Arts Degree

 The Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies is a four-year sequence of instructional coursework that culminates in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The Islamic Studies component of the Program features content and pedagogy commensurate with the disciplines of Islamic and Religious Studies, Qur’anic and Hadith studies, Islamic legal theory, classical Islamic theology and philosophy, Islamic spirituality, and allied social science, economic and political theories.

Students must also fulfill standard Bachelor’s level requirements in general education, imparting a solid foundation in the humanities as well as the social and physical sciences. Upon completion, graduates will be prepared to pursue academic, occupational and career options, which are appropriately aligned with this field of study.

The following courses, or their equivalent, fulfill the undergraduate general education requirement in the BA program: The Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies Program requires 120 semester hours distributed as follows:

  • 50 credit hours in the general education core courses (including obligatory classes in English composition, biological/physical sciences, humanities, social sciences and statistics/social research methods);
  • 49 credit hours in the core courses in Islamic Studies; and
  • 21 credit hours in elective courses in Islamic Studies.


General Education Courses (50 Credits)

English and Communications (12 Credits)
ENG 180 – Expository Writing (3 credits)
ENG 181 – Critical Writing Methods (3 credits)
ENG 201 – Communications (3 credits)
ENG Elective (Select one)
ENG 250 – American Literature (3 credits)
ENG 251 – Muslim American Literature (3 credits)

Quantitative Analysis (3 Credits)
QUANT 101 – Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)

Natural Sciences (8 Credits)
BIO 101 – Introduction to the Biological Sciences (4 credits)
PHY 101 – Introduction to the Physical Sciences (4 credits)

Philosophy (3 Credits)
PHIL 101 – Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)

Social Sciences (18-21 Credits)*
ANTH 101 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
ECON 101 – Introduction to Economics (3 credits)
POLS 101 – Introduction to American Government (3 credits)
POLS 201 – Comparative Political Systems (3 credits)
PSYC 101 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
RM 200 – Social Research Methods (3 credits)
SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

Arts (3-6 Credits)*
ARTS 160 – Arabic Calligraphy I (3 credits)
ARTS 161 – Arabic Calligraphy II (3 credits)
ARTS 170 – Ebru I (3 credits)
ARTS 171 – Ebru II (3 credits)
ARTS 180 – Stained Glass I (3 credits)
ARTS 181 – Stained Glass II (3 credits)
MUS 160 – Oud I (3 credits)
MUS 161 – Oud II (3 credits)

* Social Science and Art credits need to total 24 credits. Students can choose to take 3 credits of Art with 18 credits of Social Science or 6 credits of Art with 15 credits of Social Science.

Courses in the Major (49 Credits)

Core Courses:
REL 100 – Religions of the World (3 credits)
IS 130 – Islamic History & Civilization Origins to 1100 CE (3 credits)
IS 131 – Islamic History & Civilization 1100-1800 (3 credits)
IS 132 – Islamic History & Civilization 1800-present (3 credits)
IS 201 – Introduction to Qur’anic Studies (3 credits)
IS 202 – Introduction to Prophetic Biography (Sirah) & Hadith Studies (3 credits)
IS 301 – The Sciences of Hadith (3 credits)
IS 305 – Islamic Legal Reasoning (al-fiqh) (3 credits)
IS 320 – Muslim Spirituality (3 credits)
IS 333 – Islam in America (3 credits)
IS 428 – Muslim Great Books and Thinkers Seminar (3 credits)
ARAB 101 – Elementary Arabic I (4 credits)
ARAB 102 – Elementary Arabic II (4 credits)
ARAB 201 – Intermediate Arabic I (4 credits)
ARAB 202 – Intermediate Arabic II (4 credits)

7 Elective Courses: Islamic Studies (21 Credits)
IS 328 – History of Islamic Art & Architecture (3 credits)
IS 329 – Islam & World Cinema (3 credits)
IS 410 – Medieval Islamic & Jewish Philosophy (3 credits)
IS 425 – The Islamic City (3 credits)
IS 495 – Special Topics (3 credits)
IS 497 – Independent Study (3 credits)
IS 498 – Civic Engagement Internship (3 credits)
IS 499 – Study Abroad (3-9 credits)
ARAB 301 – Advanced Arabic I (3 credits)
ARAB 302 – Advanced Arabic II: Reading Religious Texts (3 credits)

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