Islamic World Studies

In the Islamic World Studies program, you will develop an understanding of the diverse Muslim communities and their interconnections by exploring their primary texts, history and cultural traditions. Study Islam as a worldview/civilization and living reality and examining global communities and regional issues.

As an Islamic World Studies major, you will take courses from various departments, including history, religious studies, political science, international studies, modern languages and women's and gender studies to help you develop an understanding of the Islamic world from multiple perspectives.


Sample Courses:

  • Western approaches to Islamic studies
  • Islam in global contexts
  • Arabic language courses
  • The Muslim world
  • Islam in the United States
  • Religion and politics in the Middle East
  • Islamic ethics

Program Concentrations/Tracks:

  • History of Islam
  • Islam and World Politics
  • Islamic Thought
  • Middle Eastern Islam

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Public policy
  • International business
  • Education
  • Immigration work
  • Social services
  • Law
  • Human rights


84 percent of 2014 Islamic World Studies graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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