Major and Minor

The interdisciplinary Islamic Studies major and minor introduces students to the culture, language, literature, religion, history and philosophy of Muslim Peoples worldwide. Students will examine both historical and contemporary aspects of Islamic culture. General goals of the program include the development of an appreciation for the contributions of the Islamic civilization to the history of humankind and the acquisition of international perspectives for decision-making in the face of increased political and economic ties with Muslim nations. 

The MCL-AIS minor requires 18 hours of course work as follows:

(A) Required courses: 6 hours of Islamic Civilization courses,
(B) Minor electives: 12 hours of approved elective courses.

A) Required AIS Courses: 6 hours

  • AIS 328: Islamic Civilization I (3 hours)
  • AIS 330: Islamic Civilization II (3 hours)

B) Minor Electives: 12 hours

  • AIS 101: Elementary Modern Arabic (4 hours) 
  • AIS 102: Elementary Modern Arabic (4 hours) 
  • AIS 201: Intermediate Modern Arabic (3 hours) 
  • AIS 202: Intermediate Modern Arabic (3 hours)
  • AIS 311: Arabic for Business and Media I (3 hours)
  • AIS 312: Arabic for Business and Media II (3 hours)
  • AIS 320: Modern Arabic Literature and Film in Translation (3 hours)
  • AIS 331: Classical Arabic Literature (in English) (3 hours)
  • AIS 338: Women and Islam (3 hours)  
  • AIS 340: Fundamentalism and Reform in Islam (3 hours)
  • AIS 345: Islamic Mysticism (3 hours)
  • AIS 395: Independent Work in Arabic/Islamic Studies (1-3 hours)
  • AIS 410: Islamic Theology and Law (3 hours) 
  • AIS 430: Islam in America (3 hours)
  • AIS 440: Introduction to the Qur'an (3 hours)
  • AIS 442: Arabic Reading I (3 hours)
  • AIS 443: Arabic Reading II (3 hours)
  • AIS 435: Topics in Islamic Studies (3 hours)
  • AIS 495: Advanced Independent Work in Arabic/Islamic Studies (1-3 hours) 
  • PS 491: Diplomacy of the Middle East (3 hours)
  • ANT 222: Middle East Cultures (3 hours)
  • GEO 328: Geography of Middle East/North Africa (3 hours)
  • INT 350 Topics: Conflict in the Middle East (3 hours)

The MCL-AIS major requires 42 hours of course work as follows:

(A) Required AIS Courses: 12 hours
(B) MCL Department Common Core: 12 hours
(C) Minor AIS electives: 18 hours of approved elective courses.

A) Required AIS Courses: 12 hours

  • AIS 311: Arabic for Business and Media I (3 hours)
  • AIS 312: Arabic for Business and Media II (3 hours)
  • AIS 328: Islamic Civilization I (3 hours)
  • AIS 330: Islamic Civilization II (3 hours)

B) MCL Departmental Common Core: 12 hours

  • MCL 100: The World of Language (3 hours)
  • MCL 200: Golbal Literacy (3 hours)
  • MCL 495: Capstone Research Project (3 hours)
  • Cross-disciplinary requirement: a course at or above the 200-level offered by MCL in an area other than the student’s field of concentration (3 hours)

C) Major Electives: 12 hours

  • AIS 320: Modern Arabic Literature and Film in Translation (3 hours)
  • AIS 331: Classical Arabic Literature (in English) (3 hours)
  • AIS 338: Women and Islam (3 hours)  
  • AIS 340: Fundamentalism and Reform in Islam (3 hours)
  • AIS 345: Islamic Mysticism (3 hours)
  • AIS 395: Independent Work in Arabic/Islamic Studies (1-3 hours)
  • AIS 410: Islamic Theology and Law (3 hours)
  • AIS 430: Islam in America (3 hours) 
  • AIS 440: Introduction to the Qur'an (3 hours)
  • AIS 442: Arabic Reading I (3 hours)
  • AIS 443: Arabic Reading II (3 hours)
  • AIS 435: Topics in Islamic Studies (3 hours)
  • AIS 495: Advanced Independent Work in Arabic/Islamic Studies (1-3 hours) 
  • ANT 222: Middle East Cultures (3 hours)
  • ANT 326: People and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa (3 hours)
  • ANT 327: Cultures and Societies of India (3 hours)
  • GEO 328: Geography of Middle East/North Africa (3 hours)
  • INT 350: Topics: Conflict in the Middle East (3 hours)
  • PS 410: Topics: Politics in the Middle East (3 hours)
  • PS 491: Diplomacy of the Middle East (3 hours)
  • PHI 504: Islamic and Jewish Philosophy and the Classical Tradition (3 hours)
  • HIS 548: History of the Middle East: 1880-1952 (3 hours)
  • HIS 549: History of the Middle East: 1952-Present (3 hours)

For information on the FLIE (Foreign Language and International Economics) Major see the following page: https://www.as.uky.edu/flie-arabic

Note: Other courses in the area may be elected with the approval of the director of Islamic Studies Program.

Current UK students should consult APEX (located in myUK) and use the ‘Run Selected Program’ feature to identify and monitor progress toward the completion of the minor. Detailed information can also be found in the UK Bulletin.

Students with a primary major in the College of Arts & Sciences can declare the Islamic Studies minor in the A&S Advising Center, 257 Patterson Office Tower. Students not in the College of Arts & Sciences must declare the Islamic Studies minor with their primary college.

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