Islamic World Studies is an interdisciplinary program. Islamic World Studies courses focus on the academic study of the Islamic World. In this program Islamic civilization is viewed as a meta-culture, which grew and was sustained by an Arab core plus the accretion of knowledge from the diverse cultures that embraced it. Islamic World Studies will ground students in a study of Islam as a worldview/civilization by first engaging in an exploration of the primary texts, history, and cultural traditions and then examinations of specific communities.
A major in Islamic World Studies prepares students for graduate study and for careers in foreign policy, public policy, diplomatic corps, social services, consultation, and education.