Minor

The Arab and Islamic Studies Minor requires 15 credits:

Course Requirements for a Minor

  1. AIS 4100 AIS Seminar (3 credits) and
  2. Two courses (6 credits) from this list:
    • HIS 4041 History of the Modern Middle East
    • PSC 4900 The Arab States
    • PSC 5900 Middle East International Relations
    • THL 5150 Introduction to Islam

      Any AIS course not chosen for requirement from the above list may be chosen as elective.
      and
  3. Two ELECTIVES (6 credits):
    The 6 elective credits for the minor must come from any of the approved courses on the Arab and Islamic Studies electives list, including Arabic language courses. Certain topics courses with content relevant to AIS may qualify as electives with permission from the director of the Arab and Islamic Studies program. Topics courses offered are listed under each Department (ARB, COM, GIS, HIS, HUM, PSC, THL, etc) at every semester.

    Students minoring in AIS are encouraged to complete their College language requirement by taking Arabic language courses.

  4. HIS 4031 Islamic Civilization to 1800 HIS 4041 History of the Modern Middle EastPSC 4900 The Arab States PSC 5900 Middle East International RelationsTHL 5150 Introduction to Islam
    Any AIS course not chosen for requirement from the above list may be chosen as elective.
    and

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.

Programming
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.