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Islamic Studies Minor

The minor in Islamic Studies at UMN is open to all undergraduates and allows those in any major to participate in the critical study of Islam and Muslim societies and cultures. It encompasses historical, intellectual, artistic, social, and anthropological approaches to the study of Islam applied through the examination of Islamic texts and other cultural products and through the analysis of social and cultural developments across time and geographic locations. 

Faculty associated with Islamic Studies come from several departments across the College of Liberal Arts.    

Students majoring in Global Studies and doing the Islamic World regional breadth requirement may not do the Islamic Studies minor as well.  However, students majoring in Global Studies but doing a different regional focus may do the Islamic Studies minor.

Students majoring in Religious Studies and doing an area concentration in Islam may not do the Islamic Studies minor.  However, students majoring in Religious Studies but doing a different area concentration, including a comparative concentration that includes Islam, may do the Islamic Studies minor   

Learn more about research on Islamic Studies conducted at the Universtiy of Minnesota by visiting our reseach initiatives page

How to Apply

Ready to declare the minor? Begin the process by filling out this Google Form.

Questions? Contact Professor Nida Sajid at

Minor Requirements

The minor in Islamic Studies requires one foundational course in the category of Islamic Origins and Development, along with four other courses selected from the offerings of several CLA departments, including Religious Studies, Anthropology, History, Art History, Sociology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and others. View full requirements here.

Islam: Origins and Development: Take one of the following courses:

  • RELS 3704 (CNES 3074) Exploring the Qur'an: An Intellectual odysseywith Islam's holy scripture [AH]
  • RELS 3712 (HIST 3493) Islam: Religion and Culture

Electives: Take four additional courses on Islam at or above the 3000-level.

No course may be used simultaneously in both of these two categories. Courses may be taken in any order.

At least two courses in the minor must be taken at the University of Minnesota or as learning abroad courses taken for resident credit.