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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

Fall 2016 Courses

Courses not requiring Arabic


New course!!! ANTH 311: Heritage, Archaeology and the Contemporary Middle East


New course!!! MDIA 327: Media and the Middle East


HIST 308A: Modern Middle East (IWS REQUIREMENT, unless you have already taken ANTH 310)


POL 326: Politics of the Middle East


TRS 398: Introduction to Islam


Courses in or requiring Arabic 

ARAB 101: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic I

ARAB 103: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I


ARAB 203: Advanced Arabic I


SEM 541: Introduction to Arabic (Classical)
(permission of instructor required)