What are the requirements for an SI Minor?
Students in any degree program can add the Studies in Islam Minor to their university experience. A minor in Studies in Islam plan requires eight courses and an overall cumulative average of at least 65%. Of those eight courses, four are required and four are electives. You can find the course list here. For more detailed program information please refer to the Undergraduate Academic Calendar.
If you need to request a new Academic Plan you will need to fill out and submit the Plan modification/internal transfer form which can be found here.
Do you offer any non-credit courses?
We offer both non-credit Arabic and Turkish language courses each term. Find out more about SI non-credit courses. Our offerings are growing so please check the website regularly for updates.
What courses do you offer in the summer?
Please check the Waterloo Class Schedules to see which SI courses will be offered each term.
In addition, starting in Spring 2016 we will be offering two intensive Arabic language courses as part of the Arabic Summer Institute. You can choose to take Beginner Arabic Level 1 (equivalent to SI 101R), followed by Beginner Arabic Level 2 (equivalent to SI 102R), or the option to take only one course is also available. Each language course is 6 weeks in length. In addition, we also offer an Arab Culture course (SI 131R) that is 12 weeks in length. Upon course completion, students will receive a full 0.5 credit per course! Please visit the website for further details about this unique opportunity!
Can I use Arabic courses towards my Global Experience Certificate?
Can I use Studies in Islam courses towards my degree?
Yes, Studies in Islam courses can be used to meet your University of Waterloo degree requirements. Please refer to the University of Waterloo Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar for more information on the specific degree requirements for your program. Some programs may require course approval so please speak with your Undergraduate Academic Advisor.
Do I need to fill out an Arabic Assessment form?
Yes, for placement at the correct level you must fill out an Arabic Assessment form.
- If you are new to the language and wish to begin your Arabic language program at the beginner level, please fill out the introductory Arabic assessment form.
- If you have not taken beginner level classes at UWaterloo, and you wish to enter the Arabic language program at the intermediate or advanced level, please fill out the intermediate or advanced Arabic assessment form.
Please submit the completed form to the Renison Registrar's Office or email an electronic copy to the Registrar's Office. You can also pick up a hard copy of the form at the Registrar's Office. After assessment, students can begin their studies at the introductory, intermediate, or advanced level.
Can I take Arabic courses if I am a native speaker?
Yes. You will need to go through an assessment. To help native speakers take advanced Arabic courses, SI 120R, Arabic for Heritage Speakers will launch in Winter 2017. This will allow native speakers to learn Modern Standard Arabic grammar and other rules, facilitating their entry directly into advanced level Arabic courses. Taking SI 120R, and three other advanced courses, will qualify you to receive a Level II Arabic certificate which will appear on your degree.