Studies in Islamic and Arab Cultures Minor

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Studies in Islam and Arab Cultures is an interdisciplinary academic minor that introduces students to the diversity of Islam and Arab Culture through courses that explore contemporary issues, Arabic language, Islamic civilization and culture, Islamic art, various aspects of Islamic thought and theology, Islamic history, and much more. The minor is designed to challenge students to see their own disciplines through the lens of Islamic civilization and to see Islam through their disciplines. It introduces students to a mosaic of Muslim cultures and civilizations.  The goal of this program is to help students discover the history and contributions of Islam as a crucial part of our shared, global heritage.  Students can thus engage Islam and Arab Culture in the fine arts, language and literature, drama, history, politics, science, anthropology, social development, gender and sex, and a myriad of other disciplines.

Students enrolled in any degree program may pursue a Minor in Studies in Islam

  • enhance your understanding of Islam;
  • develop proficiency in Arabic
  • prepare for a career in foreign services or in languages. 

What are my academic plan options?

There are two different academic plans open to students participating in Studies in Islamic and Arab Cultures:

Minor for current UWaterloo students
Students in any degree program can add a minor in Studies in Islamic and Arab Cultures to their university experience.  A minor in Studies in Islamic and Arab Cultures plan requires eight courses and an overall cumulative average of at least 65%.

To register on Quest, students must complete and submit the Plan Modification Form (PDF) to the Registrar's Office.

To graduate with the minor, students must declare the minor on their Application to Graduate form.

Diploma for non- or post-degree students
Students not registered in degree studies may pursue the Diploma in Studies in Islamic and Arab Cultures. The Diploma in Studies in Islamic and Arab Cultures requires eight courses and an overall cumulative average of at least 65%.