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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

1-2 semesters
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Complement your undergraduate degree by learning more about Arab and Islamic cultures, economies, societies and politics.
The required course work in Arab and Islamic studies will help students develop cross-cultural communication skills and enhance their competitiveness to enter a professional program or occupation related to the Arab and Islamic worlds.

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Why Earn an Arab and Islamic Studies Certificate?

The Arab and Islamic Studies Certificate is an undergraduate academic certificate designed to enable students to acquire knowledge skills about Arab and Islamic cultures, economies, societies and politics.

Arab and Islamic Studies Certificate Highlights

The Arab and Islamic studies certificate is open to all majors.
It is administered by the International Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in collaboration with the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute (CAMCSI) in the College of Visual Arts and Design.
Students are strongly encouraged to achieve Arabic language proficiency through the level of ARBC 1020 by completing course work or through examinations.

Arab and Islamic Studies Certificate Courses You Could Take

Islam and its Empires (3 hrs)
Dynamic social, political, religious, economic and cultural histories of the Islamic empires, beginning with pre-Islamic Arabia (4th–7th centuries) and ending with the height of Ottoman imperial authority (16th century). The emergence of Islam in Arabia and the world of Muhammad, its founder; the expansion of the Arab and non-Arab Islamic empires.
Modern Middle Eastern History (3 hrs)
Historical foundations of contemporary ideologies, conflicts and cultures in the modern Middle East. Explores the role of imperialism in shaping the modern Middle East; explores the impact of religion and political ideologies on contemporary conflicts over space and resources; and examines how popular culture can influence political and social events through modern history.
Middle East Politics (3 hrs)
Overview of Middle Eastern regional politics. Attention is given to such issues as legitimacy, authority, identity, military, democracy and religious fundamentalism.
Cultures and Civilizations of the Middle East (3 hrs)
The prehistory, history and contemporary situation of one of the most unusual areas of cultural diversity and human adaptation in the world. Special attention is given to the colonial and religious history of the area that underlies much of its current problems. Its unique role in the developing world economic system is addressed, as well as those current phenomena that make it such a volatile area.

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