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. A goal of this program is to help students discover the Golden Age of Islam, during which much of our common heritage was developed in art, science, technology, medicine, astronomy, and mathematics. We do this by offering courses that encompass all areas of life, both historical and contemporary. 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. Our dedicated faculty members have expertise in linguistics and language instruction, literary, art, and cultural studies.
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).