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The Major

The major in Islamic & Arabic Studies is a special emphasis within the general Social Science curriculum. It is multidisciplinary in focus, designed to provide an effective understanding of the religions, languages, cultures, economies, politics, and histories of Muslim-majority societies and their diasporas.

Students can select one of two specializations within the major: Islamic Studies, or Arabic Studies. The Islamic Studies specialization focuses more on the humanities, with core courses in religion, history, and culture, while the Arabic Studies specialization emphasizes languages and social sciences, with core courses in Arabic or other languages, politics, and economics.

This major enables students to pursue a multitude of career opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. These include work in Non-Governmental Organizations, the public sector including the Foreign Service, and the corporate world. The presence in San Diego county and other urban centers in the nation of large communities from Muslim-majority countries opens opportunities for work in local government and the social service sector. Students who wish to pursue further studies are well-prepared by this major to pursue M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in multiple disciplines connected to Islamic & Arabic Studies, as well as professional degrees such as law and library science.

The Islamic and Arabic studies emphasis is an impacted program. To be admitted to the Islamic and Arabic studies emphasis, students must meet the following criteria:

Advising

Dr. Hisham Foad
Undergraduate Advisor
Email: [email protected]
Office: Nasatir Hall 311

For more information, please see the General Catalog and our Courses page.

  1. Complete preparation for the major;
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

Students must complete a minimum of 48 units (of which 18 are preparation for the major), that all have focus on Islamic and Arabic topics.

Preparation for the Major

  • Language: Arabic 101, 102, 201 (12 units) or Persian 101, 102, 201 (12 units)
  • Six units selected from History 100, 101, Religious Studies 101

Islamic Studies Focus

Required

  • Religious Studies 310: The Qur’an
  • Religious Studies 328: Islam  
  • History 473: Middle Eastern History from the Advent of Islam to 1500
  • History 474: The Middle East Since 1500
  • Women’s Studies 560: Women in Muslim Societies

Electives

An additional 15 units from:       

  • Arabic 301: Advanced Arabic I           
  • Arabic 302: Advanced Arabic II
  • Arabic 330: Arabic Culture
  • Arabic 350:  Advanced Conversational Arabic
  • History 574: Arab-Israeli Relations, Past and Present
  • Political Science 363: Government & Politics of the Middle East
  • Religious Studies 330: Abrahamic Faiths: Shared Stories
  • Religious Studies 379: Religious Violence & Non-Violence
  • Women’s Studies 331: Women in Asian Societies 

Arabic Studies Focus

Required                                 

  • Arabic 301: Advanced Arabic I
  • Arabic 302: Advanced Arabic II
  • Arabic 330: Arabic Culture
  • Political Science 363: Government & Politics of the Middle East

Electives

An additional 16 units from:

  • Arabic 350: Adv Conversational Arabic
  • History 473: Middle Eastern History from the Advent of Islam to 1500
  • History 474: Middle East Since 1500
  • History 474: The Middle East Since 1500
  • Religious Studies 310: The Qur’an
  • Religious Studies 328: Islam
  • Religious Studies 330: Abrahamic Faiths
  • Religious Studies 379: Religious Violence and Non-Violence
  • Women’s Studies 331: Women in Asian Societies          
  • Women’s Studies 560: Women in Muslim Societies  

Some courses may be substituted for the major, please contact the the undergraduate advisor for approval.