Enrich your understanding of this major religion, from its history and culture to current events. The cultural competence you'll gain from studying Islam can enhance prospects for graduate school and a wide variety of careers.
The certificate in Islamic studies allows students to gain an appreciation of Islam's multiculturalism and contemporary relevance in multiple geographic settings.
The program is designed to prepare students for graduate programs in religious studies, Islamic studies and area studies and for any academic discipline or career, such as international law and business, that focuses on the global Muslim society.
At a Glance: program details
- Location: Tempe campus
- Additional Program Fee: No
- Second Language Requirement: No
Students wishing to add the certificate in Islamic studies to their plan of study must consult with an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Students who complete all the requirements of their undergraduate major, their college and the certificate program receive the certificate plus transcript recognition of its completion.
Students must complete a minimum total of 26 credit hours, chosen in consultation with the Islamic Studies program coordinator. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) is required in each course. To earn the certificate, students must complete these requirements:
- Eight credit hours of a major “Islamic” language. “Islamic” language refers to the language of countries or regions predominantly Muslim and where a significant body of Islamic literature was written. It could be elementary or intermediary Arabic, Farsi (Tajik), Indonesian, Turkish or any Turkic Central Asian language, Urdu or another language approved by the program coordinator. Students who are native speakers of these languages or who otherwise have equivalent knowledge may substitute eight additional credit hours from the electives approved by the program coordinator in lieu of an “Islamic” language. Or they may also choose to take a different “Islamic” language.
- Nine credit hours from REL 260 (Introduction to Islam), REL 365 (Islamic Civilization), and REL 366 (Islam in the Modern World.) They are usually offered once or twice a year.
- Nine elective credit hours in courses that deal with Islam and/or Islamic studies in at least TWO different geographical areas: (1) Africa and Middle East; (2) America and Europe; (3) Asia (Central Asia, China, South Asia, and South East Asia).
- At least 12 hours of the 26 credit hours taken for the certificate must be upper division
For a list of spring 2022 courses, please click here.
If you are interested, contact:
Dr. Agnes Kefeli, firstname.lastname@example.org, COOR 4454
Islamic Studies Certificate Coordinator
Students complete a minimum of 26 credit hours, chosen in consultation with the Islamic studies program coordinator. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) is required in each course. A minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours are required. To earn the certificate, students must complete these requirements:
eight credit hours of Arabic, Indonesian, Farsi or another Islamic language approved by the program coordinator*
nine credit hours of required core courses:
- REL 260 Introduction to Islam, HU, G (3)
- REL 365 Islamic Civilization, HU, H (3)
- REL 366 Islam in the Modern World, HU, G (3)
nine credit hours in elective course work from a variety of disciplines that deal with Islam or Islamic studies, including courses from at least two of three geographic regions (Africa and the Middle East, American and Europe, Asia)**
*Students who are native speakers of these languages or who otherwise have equivalent knowledge may substitute eight hours of additional course work approved by the program coordinator.
**Students work with an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies to select appropriate elective courses.
Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.