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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, Media Studies, 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 Director and Advisor

Assistant Professor of History
Marist Hall 241
(202) 319-5484

Spring 2018 Courses

Courses not requiring Arabic


HIST 309: Rise of Islam, M W 2:10-3:25 (IWS requirement)


FREN 279: Borders, Exile, & War in the Mashrek: Representationsin Media, Film, & Lit of the Francophone Middle East, M W 9:40-10:55


ARAB 213: Development & Humanitarian Interventions in the Middle East, Africa, & Beyond, M W 2:10-3:25


SEM 547: Arabic Literature in Translation, M W F 12:40-1:30


TRS 395: Christian Muslim Relations, T Th 11:10-12:25 


Courses in or requiring Arabic 

ARAB 102: Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II

ARAB 104: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II


ARAB 204: Advanced Arabic Composition and Conversation II


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