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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, the program offers a Certificate in Arabic & IWS and a Minor in IWS 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.

Program Director and Advisor

Assistant Professor of History
211 O'Boyle Hall
(202) 319-5484


Spring 2019 Courses

Courses not requiring Arabic


HIST 308A: Modern Middle East, M W 2:10-3:25 (IWS requirement)


ARAB 279/FREN 279: Borders, Exiles, & War in the Middle East, W F 11:10-12:25


PHIL 334: Philosophy in the Islamic World, T Th 3:40-4:55



Courses in or requiring Arabic 

ARAB 101: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, M-F 12:40-1:30 

ARAB 103: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I, M-Th 11:10-12:00

ARAB 203: Advanced Arabic Composition & Conversation I, T Th 9:40-10:55


SEM 241: Introduction to Arabic, M W F 9:40-10:30 (instructor's permission required)


SEM 545: Arabic Literature I, T Th 8:10-9:25 (instructor's permission required)