Jason Freitag, Assistant Professor and Coordinator
The Muslim cultures minor promotes a study of Muslims and Islam in order to facilitate a critical and constructive engagement with issues that affect Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The point of this engagement is to prepare students to face the challenges of living in a multireligious, multiracial, and polycultural world.
Specifically, the minor's goals are to encourage, allow and facilitate the following:
The Muslim cultures minor is organized around three broad categories:
Students take 18 credits from among the three categories, including two required courses in the conceptual frameworks category. A semester-by-semester list of courses that satisfy the requirements of the minor in the other categories is available by contacting the coordinator.
Courses that encourage students to interrogate their own epistemological stance toward Islam and Muslims and that provide them with the theoretical concepts and basic knowledge necessary for analyzing both.
HIST 22700 Islamic Civilizations (3)
POLT 33300 Understanding Islam (3)
Courses that examine Islam and Muslims through the lens of culture broadly conceived. Too often, the tendency is to deny Muslims any identity other than a religious one. The focus and intent of these courses will be to situate a more complete study of Muslim cultures in academic fields that students are familiar with, such as politics, history, art history, and literature.
Courses that place the study of Islam and Muslims in comparative perspective and/or in an international context. A comparative view allows students to understand the relationship between cultures, between the local and global or national and international, and between the past and the present.