Islamic Studies

major (BA) program description

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) coordinates an interdisciplinary major 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 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.


A.    Prerequisites (15 credits)

     1. Language Coursework - 3 courses/12 units - complete one of the following 3 series of course
         Arabic 1101-1102-1103 (12)
         Persian 1101-1102-1103 (12)
         Turkish 1101-1102-1103 (12)

     2. GE Culture & Ideas - 1 course/3 units - complete 1 of following 5
         Arabic 2241 Culture of the Contemporary Arab World (3)
         NELC 2241 The Middle East Close Up (3)
          NELC 2244 Films of the Middle East (3)
          Persian 2241 Persian Culture (3)
          Turkish 2241 Turkish Culture (3)

B.    Language (8 Credits)

         At least eight hours of instruction in Arabic, Persian, or Turkish beyond 1103

C.    History (3 Credits)

complete 1 of following 3 courses
NELC 3502 Islamic Civilization Through the Ages
History 2350 Islam, Politics, and Society in History
CMRS 2514 Golden Age of Islamic Civilization

D.    Contemporary Cultures (3 Credits)

Complete 1 of following 5 courses
NELC 3201 Islam in the United States
NELC 3204 The Middle East in the Media
NELC 3205 Women in the Muslim Middle East
NELC 3702 Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World
NELC 4597 Islamic Revival and Social Justice

E.    Religion (6 Credits)

     1. complete 1 of following 3 courses
         NELC 3501 Introduction to Islam
         Arabic 3601 Introduction to Arabic Philosophy
         NELC 3230 Introduction to Shi’i Beliefs and History

     2. complete 1 of following 2
         Arabic 4626 Introduction to the Arabic Qur'an
         Arabic 5701 The Qur'an in Translation

F. Theory and Method in the Study of Religion (3 Credits):

Religious Studies 3972 Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

G. Electives (9 Credits)

complete 3 of following 58 courses

Arabic
     2701 Classical and Medieval Arabic Literature in Translation
     2702 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
     3301 Contemporary Folklore in the Arab World
     3601 Introduction to Arabic Philosophy
     4120 Arabic Media
     4626 Introduction to the Arabic Quran
     5627 Classical Arabic Poetry
     5628 Classical Arabic Prose
     5651 Contemporary Arabic Prose Fiction
     5652 Contemporary Arabic Poetry and Drama
     5701 The Qur'an in Translation

Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
     2514 Golden Age of Islamic Civilization

French
     5206 North Africa: Texts and Contexts [prerequisite French 3101]

History
     2350 Islam, Politics, and Society in History
     2351 Early Islamic Society, 610-1258
     2352 The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1800
     2353 The Middle East since 1914
     2375 Islamic Central Asia
     3304 History of Islam in Africa
     3351 Intellectual and Social Movements in the Muslim World
     3357 Middle East in the 19th Century
     3365 History of Afghanistan

Near Eastern Langauges & Cultures
     3201 Islam in the United States
     3204 The Middle East in the Media
     3205 Women in the Muslim Middle East
     3230 Introduction to Shi’i Beliefs and History
     3502 Islamic Civilization Through the Ages
     3508 Sufism
     3702 Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World
     3704 The Novel in the Middle East
     4597 Islamic Revival and Social Justice
     5204 Culture and Politics in Central Asia
     5568 Studies in Orality and Literacy
     5575 Intellectuals in the Middle East
     5578 Islamic Law and Society
     5645 Contemporary Issues in the Middle East   

Persian
     2301 Persian Mythology and Folklore
     2701 Persian Literature in Translation
     2704 Introduction to Persian Epic
     5601 Persian Prose
     5602 Persian Poetry

Turkish
     2241 Turkish Culture
     2701 Turkish Literature in Translation

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