About Studies in Islam

Studies in Islam at the University of Waterloo offers a Minor or Diploma in Studies in Islam and a Certificate or Diploma in Arabic Language.  The goal of this program is to help students discover the history and contributions of Islam as a crucial part of our shared heritage.  Students can thus engage Islam in the fine arts, language and literature, drama, history, politics, science, anthropology, social development, gender and sex, and a myriad of other disciplines.  In addition, we offer a range of Arabic language courses which enable students to learn to read, write, and speak a language that is the native tongue of over 300 million people.

We are committed to offering a high-quality interdisciplinary program that provides students with a supportive learning environment and enriching academic experience.  Our classes encourage discussion, communication, and student interactions with faculty and other students. 

We seek to build bridges of understanding by encouraging and promoting community outreach and international exchanges.  By offering public lecture series, development programs, training workshops, and other events to community members and students, we help to establish and strengthen community connections.  Going abroad to study, work, or volunteer can be a life-changing experience.  You can use Arabic language credits towards the UWaterloo Global Experience Certificate (GEC).