Minor in Muslim Societies

Prerequisites: There are no specific prerequisites for this minor.  A background in a language of the Muslim world will be helpful, but not required for this minor.

Required Courses: All of the following courses are currently available at Boston University .  These courses are listed in the College of Arts and Sciences in the departments of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, History, International Relations, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology.  This list may be expanded to include other relevant departments and courses.

One course in Religion is required for this minor and can be taken from the following list:

RN 214 – Introduction to Islam
RN 338/638 – Mysticism and Philosophy: Medieval Jewish Perspectives
RN 340 – The Qur’an
RN 341 – Sufism
RN 344 – Islam and the West
RN 345 – Islamic Law
RN 346E – History and Religion: North African Issues
RN 347 – Islamic Philosophy and Theology

One course in Social Science is required from the following list:

AN 317 – Power and Society in the Middle East
AN 319 – Muslim Cultures and Politics
AN 320 – Women in the Muslim World
AN 360 – The Nomadic Alternative
HI  392 – Introduction to the Middle East
HI  393 – Americans in the Middle East
IR  328 – Turco-Persia in the Twentieth Century
IR  382 – Understanding the Middle East
IR  383 – Modern North Africa
IR  503 – U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East
IR  507 – The Muslim and Western Worlds: Prospects of a Clash of Civilizations
IR  587 – Political Economy of the Middle East

Elective Courses: Of the four remaining courses, students will have the flexibility of choosing courses that reflect their interests and course of study. Three of the remaining courses must be taken from an approved list of Social Science (SS) courses. One course must be taken from an approved list of Humanities (HU) courses. One language course, 212 level or above may satisfy one Humanities elective for this minor.