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 Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies Program requires 121 semester hours distributed as follows:

 

  • 48 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);
  • 46 credit hours in the core courses in Islamic Studies (including 3 hours for the capstone senior level course IS 498); and
  • 27 credit hours in elective courses in Islamic Studies.

 


General Education Courses (48 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)
STAT 160 – Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)

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

Human Diversity (3 Credits)
ANTH 101 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

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

Social Sciences (16 Credits)
ECON 101 – Introduction to Economics (3 credits) Required
POLS 101 – Introduction to American Government (3 credits) Required
POLS 201 – Comparative Political Systems  (3 credits)
PSYC 101 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) Required
RM 200 – Social Research Methods (3 credits) Required
SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
SOC 201 – Understanding Social Service (4 credits)

Arts (3 credits)
(Select one)
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)

Courses in the Major (46 Credits)

Core Courses:
REL 100 – Religions of the World (3 credits)
IS 130 – Islamic Origins, History & Civilization to 1258 CE (3 credits)
IS 131 – Islamic Origins, History & Civilization 1258-Present (3 credits)
IS 201 – Introduction to Qur’anic Studies (3 credits)
IS 202 – Introduction to Prophetic Biography (Sirah) & Hadith Studies (3 credits)
IS 305 – Islamic Legal Reasoning (al-fiqh) (3 credits)
IS 311 – Muslims & Modernity (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)
IS 498 – Civic Engagement Internship (3 credits)

9 Elective Courses: Islamic Studies (27 cr.)

IS 301 – The Sciences of Hadith (3 credits)
IS 320 – Muslim Spirituality (3 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 499 – Study Abroad (3-9 credits)
ARAB 301 – Advanced Arabic I (3 credits)
ARAB 302 – Advanced Arabic II: Reading Religious Texts (3 credits)
PERS 101 – Elementary Persian I (3 credits)
PERS 102 – Elementary Persian II (3 credits)
TURK 101 – Elementary Turkish I (3 credits)
TURK 102 – Elementary Turkish II (3 credits)
URDU 101 – Elementary Urdu I (3 credits)
URDU 102 – Elementary Urdu II (3 credits)

For BA Course Descriptions click here.