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Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)
 
 

 

MA Program in Islamic Studies

The MA program in Islamic Studies is an interdisciplinary program with the goal of providing students with the necessary background to expand their knowledge and understanding of classical and modern Islamic religious thought and textual traditions; and to offer critical insight into the political, intellectual, literary and social history of Islam up to the present day.

The program offers a thesis option and a project option.

Thesis Option
Students following the thesis option are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in courses numbered 300 and above, in addition to a six-credit thesis. They are also required to take the core courses, ISLM 301 (Sources and Methods) and ISLM 302 (Islamic Civilizations). Students may take their remaining courses at CAMES or in topics related to Islamic Studies at departments other than CAMES. For the course work, the program requires at least 6 credits in classical, 6 credits in modern, and at least 3 credits in classes based on texts, and 3 credits based on social science methodology. Non-native speakers of Arabic are required to take intensive Arabic language classes, and these are not counted as part of the degree credits. The program recommends the study of a second European language other than English, and for native speakers of Arabic to also develop a reading proficiency in a second language central to literature in Islamic civilizations and cultures, or a second Semitic language, depending on the field of specialization.

Project Option
Students following the project option are required to complete a minimum of 27 credit hours in courses numbered 300 and above, in addition to a three-credit project. They are also required to take the core course, ISLM 301 (Sources and Methods) and ISLM 302 (Islamic Civilizations). Students may take their remaining courses at CAMES or in topics related to Islamic Studies at departments other than CAMES. For the course work, the program requires at least 6 credits in classical, 6 credits in modern, and at least 3 credits in classes based on texts, and 3 credits based on social science methodology. Non-native speakers of Arabic are required to take intensive Arabic language classes, and these are not counted as part of the degree credits. The program recommends the study of a second European language other than English, and for native speakers of Arabic to also develop a reading proficiency in a second language central to literature in Islamic civilizations and cultures, or a second Semitic language, depending on the field of specialization.

Course Requirements
The total number of credits is 30: 24-credits for courses, plus 6-credits Thesis, Or for the non-thesis option: 27-credits for courses, plus 3-credits Project. For the course work, the program requires that at least 6-credits be in the classical, 6-credits in the modern, at least 3-credits in classes based on texts, and at least 3-credits in classes based on social science methodology:

  • Core Courses (“Sources and Methods” and “The Islamic Civilizations”) 6 cr.
  • Islamic Studies Elective Courses (Qur’anic studies, Islamic thought, etc.) 9 cr.
  • Contextual Elective Courses (cross listed with various depts. related to Islam) 9 cr.
  • Thesis / OR / Project + Islamic Studies Elective Course 6 cr.
  • Comprehensive exam prior to thesis or project defense

          

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