Islamic Studies Minor | Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies Minor

ISRN MinorEstablished in Fall 2019, the Islamic Studies minor at UNCG offers students the opportunity to learn about the principles and practices of one of the world’s most rapidly growing religions and to explore how Islam has shaped history, language, and politics on a global scale. Housed in the Department of Religious Studies, the interdisciplinary minor features courses taught by experts from a wide range of units. Students may approach the study of Islam using the methods and perspectives of religious studies, history, political science, and linguistics, to name a few. Increase your intercultural awareness and equip yourself for a dynamic and ever-fluid global world!

Requirements: Six courses (18 credit hours)

  1. Core requirements (three courses, nine credit hours)
    • Arabic 101 (Prof. Malika Akarramou)
    • Arabic 102 (Prof. Malika Akarramou)
    • HIS 207, Islamic Civilization: From Mecca to the Crusades (Prof. Asa Eger)
    • REL 225, Introduction to Islam (Prof. Alyssa Gabbay) 
  2. Electives (three courses, nine credit hours)
    • HIS 209, Islamic Civilization: 1200-present (Prof. Asa Eger)
    • REL 226, Approaches to the Qur’an (Prof. Alyssa Gabbay)
    • REL 323, Islam’s Mystical Tradition (Prof. Alyssa Gabbay)
    • ADS 356/HIS 356 The Making of the African Diaspora (Dean Omar Ali)
    • REL 370, Religions of Iran (Prof. Alyssa Gabbay)
    • HIS 380, Unearthing Islam’s Past: Art, Archaeology and History (Prof. Asa Eger)
    • HIS 424, United States-Middle East Relations (Prof. David Wight)

Note: not all courses are taught every semester. For currently taught courses, please go to Current Courses.

What Skills and Knowledge Will the Minor Afford You?

By the time they complete their minor, students should be able to execute the following Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  1. Identify the major events of Islamic history and articulate the internal and external forces that led up to and shaped these events.
  2. Describe and analyze significant Islamic religious beliefs, ethics, practices, philosophies and cultural expressions.
  3. Analyze the material culture of the Islamic world using a comparative and historical approach to contextualize, represent, and challenge different points of view.
  4. Use diverse cultural frames of reference and alternative perspectives to analyze past and present issues.

For What Jobs or Careers Will the Minor Equip You?

Students pursuing any job or career that requires interacting with a diverse population – including work in government or politics (foreign service), public affairs, journalism, international business, health professions, and teaching — will benefit from an Islamic Studies minor.

Questions? Email Prof. Alyssa Gabbay at or Prof. Asa Eger at