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The minor is designed for students interested in the societies, cultures, history, and politics of the Islamic world. It offers students the opportunity to study the many societies that have significant Muslim populations. These societies are not just in the Middle East. They stretch from North Africa to Southeast Asia and beyond, including Europe as well as North America. To fulfill the requirements for the minor, students take a wide variety of courses from a range of departments. These courses provide students with a broad and well-rounded understanding of Islam.

The minor will enhance students' opportunities for future study and employment, especially in the Washington, D.C. area.


Amireh, Bakhash, Dakake (director), DeCaroli, Haddad, Hamdani, Katz, Lukacs, Mandaville, McGlinchey, Paden, Salawdeh


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: ISLM

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 21

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

GOVT 345Islam and Politics3
HIST 281Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)3
RELI 272Islam3
Total Credits9

Foreign Language

Select one course in a foreign language of any country with a significant Muslim population 13
Total Credits3


Select three electives from the following: 19
Survey of Arabic Literature
Topics in Arabic Religious Thought and Texts (Mason Core)
Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (Mason Core)
Peoples and Cultures of India (Mason Core)
Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core)
Arts of India (Mason Core)
The Silk Road (Mason Core)
Topics in Literature (when topic is Arab and Arab-American writers)
Topics in North African Francophone Literature and Culture
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
Geography of the Soviet Succession States
Global Political Theory
Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Central Asian Politics
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
Modern Iran (Mason Core)
The Middle East in the 20th Century
Islamic Thought (Mason Core)
Qur'an and Hadith
Total Credits9