Major in Arab and Islamic Studies


Please note: If these courses are not available other courses will be substituted with an approval from the director.


(18 credits, in addition to 12 credits of Arabic language courses)

Seminars (2 courses, 6 credits) AIS 2100 AIS Research Seminar (3 cr.) or the research seminar from COM, HIS, PSC, or GIS. AIS 4100 AIS Capstone Seminar (3 cr.) and

Required courses (2 courses, 6 credits) from this list:

  • HIS 4041 History of the Modern Middle East
  • HIS 4365 History of India and Patkistan
  • PSC 4900 The Arab States or PSC 5900 Middle East International Relations
  • THL 5150 Introduction to Islam.Any of these courses not used as a requirement may be chosen as an elective, and

Electives (2 courses, 6 credits) The elective credits for the major must come from the list of approved elective courses in Arab and Islamic Studies, including additional Arabic language courses. The list of courses appears every semester at the AIS website. Certain topics courses listed under each Department (ARB, COM, GIS, HIS, HUM, PSC, THL, etc.) with content relevant to AIS may qualify as electives with permission from the Director of the Arab and Islamic Studies Program, and

Ararbic language (2 courses, 10 credits) of Arabic language at the intermediate level (ARB 1121-1122) in addition to the 12 credits already completed to satisfy the College language requirement. Heritage speakers of Arabic may test out of the language requirement, in which case they will take 2 other courses (min. 6 credits) instead of the language credits.

Additional Information

Study Abroad
The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies is developing its study abroad programs in the region and is currently offering program in Jordan, Egypt, and the Gulf States. We strongly encourage study abroad for at least a semester.

AIS is committed to student and faculty learning. So the Center organizes lectures, film series, conferences, discussions, and outreach programs for the University and the Greater Philadelphia communities, in addition to hosting academic seminars by well-known scholars.

All Welcomed
These programs are open to students in all colleges. They provide a background for advanced professional studies, for personal enrichment as well as for careers in government or business related to the Arab and Islamic worlds.