Muslim Studies Option
The Muslim Studies Option offers:
- An interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Islam and Muslim societies that integrates perspectives and methodological approaches from both the humanities and social sciences.
- The study of the historical, philosophical and theological development of Islamic thought and traditions as well as contemporary sociological, political and cultural contexts of lived Muslim experiences within a broad geographic context that incorporates a global, transnational as well as local focus.
- An emphasis on an integrative analysis of Islam and Muslims from historical, scriptural, philosophical, cultural and gender perspectives that inform the contemporary global relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Completion of the Option requirements will result in a “Muslim Studies Option” designation on student transcripts and degree.
The Muslim Studies Option consists of a minimum of 4.0 credits. Students must complete the two required core courses (1.0 credit) and a minimum of 3.0 elective credits. In order to graduate, a GPA of 6.00 in the courses included in the Muslim Studies Option is required.
Required Core Courses (1.0 credit):
MZ200 - Introduction to Muslim Studies
MZ201/RE213 - Religious Heritage of Islam
Elective Courses (3.0 credits)
GS221 - Globalization and Cultures: The Cosmopolitan Village?
GS222 - Contemporary Western Societies: Globalization and Cultures
GS325 - Islam Culture and Society
GS422 - Dialogue and Critique in an Age of Terror
HI228 - Survey of Modern Asian History
HI265 - The Modern Middle East
HI325 - Imperialism, Race and the Post-Colonial Legacy
HI367 - The Middle East and the Cold War
HI368 - The Ottoman Empire
ML300G - Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Medieval World
MI201 - Mediterranean Culture and Civilization I
MI202 - Mediterranean Culture and Civilization II
MZ300 - Special Topics in Muslim Studies
PP220 - Indian Philosophy
PP261 - Medieval Philosophy
RE101 - Religions of the Americas: Asian and Middle Eastern
RE208 - Roots of Western Religions
RE227 - Religions and Cultures of the Middle East
RE338 - Islamic Mysticism
RE377 - Gender and Islam
WS307 - Gender and Social Politics in Contemporary Muslim Societies
WS308 - Gender, Cinema and the Third World
- Muslim Studies strongly encourages the study of languages other than
English as an integral part of studying Muslims in the modern world.
- For Muslim Studies students who take Year 1 language courses during Year 2, Year 3, or Year 4, and who have already accumulated
6.0 junior credits, these courses will not be counted toward the
maximum 6.0 limit on 100 level credits. Language courses may be taken
at WLU, at other recognized universities in Canada, or abroad on a
letter of permission and with the prior written consent of the Muslim
Studies Program Co-ordinator. Language courses are courses that are not
taught in English, and focus on grammar, verbal and written
communication skills in a second language. Students are advised to seek
advice from the Program Co-ordinator about different study
- In addition, when choosing elective courses, note that
some of these courses have prerequisites. Although these prerequisites
may be waived by the program or department administering the course, it
is the responsibility of the student to make such arrangements.
Senate Revision April 16, 2012: AR226 deleted by AR Department; effective September 1, 2012.
Academic & Related Dates 2012/2013