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The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) coordinates an interdisciplinary major and minor in Islamic Studies. The Islamic Studies program allows students to combine relevant courses from a number of fields history, history of art, philosophy, and others with work in Islamic languages and literatures. In choosing elective courses, majors and minors are not limited to the area commonly known as the Middle East, but rather are urged to explore dimensions of Islamic civilization across spatial and chronological boundaries. They may, for example, study the Hellenic and Iranian past, which serves as a background to the rise of Islamic civilization, or the Muslim societies that have emerged in Central Asia, South Asia, Africa, and Europe over the 14 centuries of Islamic history.

Changes to the requirements for fulfilling the Islamic Studies Major will go into effect at the start of the 2019/2020 Academic Year. Students who entered OSU prior to the Autumn 2019 semester can choose to fulfill either the old or the new major program requirements, in consultation with the NELC Academic Advisor. Students who enroll during or after the Autumn 2019 semester will be required to fulfill the new program requirements.

The previous major program requirements can be seen here: https://nelc.osu.edu/islamic-studies-old-major-program-requirements 



Islamic Studies Major                 Islamic Studies Minor

 


Islamic Studies Major (BA) program requirements (Revised requirements)

 

A.  Prerequisites (12 credits)
Language Coursework - 3 courses/12 units - complete one of the following 3 series of courses

         Arabic 1101 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I (4)
         Arabic 1102 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II (4)
         Arabic 1103 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I (4)
OR  
         Persian 1101 Elementary Persian I (4)
         Persian 1102 Elementary Persian II (4)
         Persian 1103 Intermediate Persian I (4)
OR   
         Turkish 1101 Elementary Turkish I (4)
         Turkish 1102 Elementary Turkish II (4)
         Turkish 1103 Intermediate Turkish I (4)

B. Language Requirements (8-10 credits)
Required Language coursework - 2 courses/8-10 units - complete two of the following 3 series of courses

         Arabic 2104 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II (5)
         Arabic 3105 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic III (5)
OR  
         Persian 2104 Intermediate Persian II (4)
         Persian 2105 Intermediate Persian III (4)
OR  
         Turkish 2101 Intermediate Turkish II (4)
         Turkish 2102 Intermediate Turkish III (4)

C. Required Core Courses (6 credits)
Required coursework - 2 courses/6 units

         NELC 3501 Introduction to Islam (3)
         Religious Studies 2370 Introduction to Religious Studies (3)

D. Required Religion: Text Course (3 credits)
Religion: Text coursework - 1 courses/3 units - choose 1 of following 2 courses:

        Arabic 4626 Introduction to the Arabic Qur'an (3)
         Arabic 5701 The Qur'an in Translation (3)

E. Required Religion: Traditions, Beliefs, and Practices Course (3 credits)
Religion: Traditions, Beliefs, and Practices coursework - 1 courses/3 units - choose 1 of following 2 courses:

         Arabic 3601 Introduction to Arabic Philosophy (3)
         NELC 3230 Introduction to Shi’i Beliefs and History (3)     

F. Required Societies and Cultures Course (3 credits)
Societies and Cultures coursework - 1 courses/3 units - choose 1 of following courses:

CMRS 2514 Golden Age of Islamic Civilization (3)
NELC 3201 Islam in the United States (3)
NELC 3204 The Middle East in the Media (3)
NELC 3205 Women in the Muslim Middle East (3)
NELC 3502 Islamic Civilization Through the Ages (3)
NELC 3702 Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World (3)
NELC 4597 Islamic Revival and Social Justice (3)
NELC 5578 Islamic Law and Society (3)

G. Major Elective Course (9 credits)
Major Elective coursework - 3 courses/9 units - choose 3 of following courses:

Language Electives:

         Arabic 2111 Colloquial Arabic I (3)
         Arabic 2112 Colloquial Arabic II (3)
         Arabic 4106 High Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic (5)
         Arabic 4108 Advanced Arabic Grammar (3)
          Arabic 4120 Arabic Media (3)
          Arabic 5627 Classical Arabic Poetry (3)*
          Arabic 5628 Classical Arabic Prose (3)*
          Arabic 5651 Contemporary Arabic Prose Fiction (3)*
          Arabic 5652 Contemporary Arabic Poetry and Drama (3)*
         Persian 3101 Advanced Persian (4)
         Turkish 3001 Advanced Turkish Syntax (4)

Non-Language Electives: (only 1 elective below the 3000 level may be used as an elective; one course may be any Arabic, Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Persian, or Turkish course 3000-level or above)

Please see   for full list of available non-langauge major elective courses

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TOTAL:  32-34 credit hours

 



 

Islamic Studies Minor program requirements

[official College of Arts & Sciences requirements articulation also available as PDF]

A. Foundation of Islamic Studies Course (3 credits)
Required coursework - 1 courses/3 units

         NELC 3501 Introduction to Islam (3)

B. Religion: Text Course (3 credits)
Religion: Text coursework - 1 courses/3 units - choose 1 of following 2 courses:

        Arabic 4626 Introduction to the Arabic Qur'an (3)
         Arabic 5701 The Qur'an in Translation (3)

C. Societies and Cultures Course (3 credits)
Societies and Cultures coursework - 1 courses/3 units - choose 1 of following courses:

CMRS 2514 Golden Age of Islamic Civilization (3)
NELC 3201 Islam in the United States (3)
NELC 3204 The Middle East in the Media (3)
NELC 3205 Women in the Muslim Middle East (3)
NELC 3502 Islamic Civilization Through the Ages (3)
NELC 3702 Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World (3)
NELC 4597 Islamic Revival and Social Justice (3)
NELC 5578 Islamic Law and Society (3)

D. Minor Elective Course (6 credits)
Minor Elective coursework - 2 courses/6 units - choose 2 of following courses:

Please see Islamic Studies Minor Advising Sheet for full list of available non-langauge minor elective courses

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TOTAL:  15 credits

Transfer credit hours allowed. No more than one half of the credit hours required on the minor.