Arabic & Islamic Studies Minor - AIS

This minor is only available to students who matriculated prior to Fall 2019.

The Arabic and Islamic studies minor (AIS) is an interdisciplinary minor which allow students to concentrate on the culture and history of Arabic and Islamic civilizations through coursework in the Arabic language, history and literatures of Arabs and Muslims, and Islam and its structuring of the social life in the Muslim world. Islam is the religion of twenty-two per cent of the world and approximately seven million US residents. Arabic is the first language of over three hundred million people and the liturgical language of nearly one fifth of the world. This minor will be an excellent choice for students who want to pursue a career in international studies, foreign languages, religious studies, and international business. For further information or for placement test in Arabic, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, 300 Schumacher Hall, (607) 436-3409.

*Courses in parentheses are pre-Fall 2016 Sociology Department courses.

Prerequisite: 3 s.h.

  • ARAB 101

Core Courses: 12 s.h.

  • ARAB 102 Introductory Arabic II
  • ARAB 103 Second Year Arabic I
  • ARAB 104 Second Year Arabic II
  • ARAB 201 Conversation, Writing and Media

Additional Selections: 6 s.h.

Select one required course from the following: 3 s.h.

  • HIST 281 The Islamic World
  • PHIL 214 Philosophy of Religion
  • ANTH/PHIL/RELG 115 Survey of World Religions
  • SOC 214 (SOCL 229*) Islamic Faith and Society
  • WLIT 242 Muslim Women Writers

Select two courses from the following: 6 s.h.

  • ALS/HIST 215 History of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
  • ALS/HIST 280 Gender & Power in the Islamic World
  • HIST 293 History of Modern Central Asia
  • GEOG 274 Geography of Asia
  • GEOG 231 Geography of Religion and Sacred Space
  • WLIT 241 Literatures of the Middle East

Total: 21 s.h.


  1. College rules pertaining to curriculum majors also apply to curriculum minors
    1. Minor GPA of at least 2.0
    2. All courses must be taken for a letter grade unless offered Pass/Fail only
    3. One half (1/2) of the minor coursework must be completed in residence
    4. No more than two courses may overlap between/among all majors/minors; any excess requires additional coursework
  2. Check proper course selection, sequence and prerequisite requirements with the department of the minor
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