Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies


The Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies is designed to prepare people to comprehend 21st century Islamic thought and practices by providing a basic understanding of Islamic cultures, history, and religion.  It is also useful for developing creative strategies for bridging differences between Muslim and Western worldviews and value systems.


No prerequisites beyond those required for acceptance to graduate level at GIAL

Core Courses (9 credit hours)

The Certificate in Islamic Studies requires three core courses.

AA5310 Core Components of Islam. This course examines core elements of Islam – Muhammad, the Quran, Tradition, Law and their impact on worldview, values and other cultural expressions among Muslim peoples. (Recommend that this course be taken as early as possible.)

AA5316 Contextualization Issues Among Muslim Peoples. This course examines the nature of cross cultural service within Islamic settings, noting underlying assumptions, challenges and limitations.

AA5318 Understanding the Qur’an. This course examines the Qur’an’s organization, history of compilation, variant readings, major themes, approaches to interpretation, historical subtext, key and problematic texts, and an approach to reading it. (New Course)

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Two elective courses are required from among those offered by the Abraham Center. (Two Abraham Center courses are currently offered but plans are to soon include others in comparative Abrahamic studies and Arabic).