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Welcome to Islamic World Studies

Islamic World Studies (IWS) is CUA’s multidisciplinary program focused on the societies, cultures, religious traditions, and politics of the Muslim world. Open to all CUA undergraduates, IWS offers a Minor and a Certificate in CUA’s School of Arts & Sciences. These programs supplement undergraduate majors by assembling University offerings on the Islamic world, covering the Middle East and Africa to South and Southeast Asia to Europe and the Americas, from the emergence of Islam until today. IWS draws on the expertise of scholars in Modern Languages, History, Semitics, Anthropology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, as well as resources of the J.K. Mullen Library and the Consortium of Washington Area Universities.

The Islamic World Studies Certificate requires students to undertake a serious commitment to Arabic.The Minor has no language requirement. 

Program directors and advisors
Assistant Professor of History
Marist Hall 241
(202) 319-5484
Jon W. Anderson (on leave Spring 2016)
Ordinary Professor of Anthropology

Spring 2016 Courses

Courses in or requiring Arabic 

ARAB 102: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic II

ARAB 104: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II


ARAB 204: Advanced Arabic II


SEM 542: Introduction to Arabic (Classical)
(permission of instructor required)


Courses not requiring Arabic


HIST 309: Rise of Islam (REQUIRED for IWS)


New course! ARAB 213: Development and Humanitarian Interventions


New course! FREN 279: Borders, Exile and War in the Mashrek


SEM 547: Arabic Literature in Translation