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Minor in Arab and Islamic Studies

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

Arab and Islamic Studies entails an interdisciplinary approach that reflects the complexity of the Arab and Islamic world. The program offers a basic grounding in Arabic language and provides a background for advanced professional studies, as well as careers in government or business in the field.


MINOR (15 credits)   

1. AIS 4100 Capstone Seminar (1 course, 3 cr.) or an approved research seminar from COM, HIS, PSC, or GIS if majoring in that area;  

2. Required courses (2 courses, 6 cr.) from this list: HIS 4041, HIS 4365, PSC 2340,  and THL 5150. Any of these courses not used as a requirement may be counted as an elective;  

3. Electives (2 courses, 6 cr.) must come from a list of approved courses in Arab and Islamic Studies, including additional Arabic language courses and study abroad courses. Certain topics courses listed under departments (ARB, COM, GIS, HIS, HUM, PSC, THL, etc.) with significant content relevant to AIS may qualify as an elective with the permission of the Director of the Arab and Islamic Studies Program  

Contact the Director for more information.

Additional Information

The programs and events of the Center are open to students in all colleges. 

The Center organizes lectures, films, conferences, discussions, and other programs for the University and the Greater Philadelphia communities, in addition to hosting occassional academic seminars by talented scholars. Students are also encouraged to participate in study abroad programs.