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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 23, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

About the Muslim Studies Option



The Muslim Studies Option offers:

  • An interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Islam and Muslim societies that integrates perspectives and methodological approaches from both the humanities and social sciences.
  • The study of the historical, philosophical and theological development of Islamic thought and traditions as well as contemporary sociological, political and cultural contexts of lived Muslim experiences within a broad geographic context that incorporates a global, transnational as well as local focus.
  • An emphasis on an integrative analysis of Islam and Muslims from historical, scriptural, philosophical, cultural and gender perspectives that inform the contemporary global relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

MZ OPTION REQUIRED COURSES

MZ OPTION ELECTIVE COURSES

An Option is an area of concentration adjunct to an honours program (so it is not a major or a minor but actually in between them). Since it is not a major, it is designed to provide students with a supplemental course of study focussing on particular issues, or a field of specialization.The Muslim Studies Option requires four credits (two core courses and 6 elective courses) from a preset list of courses which draws from multiple disciplines at the university.

Due to the critical mass of scholars with expertise on Islam and Muslim societies at WLU the Option in Muslim Studies will provide an interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Islam and Muslim societies that integrates perspectives and methodological approaches from both the humanities and social sciences. These scholars are located on two campuses ( Waterloo and Brantford ) and in several different departments-including sociology, women's studies, global studies, religion and culture, and history, and languages and literatures.The Option also offers the study of the historical, philosophical and theological development of Islamic thought and traditions as well as contemporary sociological, political and cultural contexts of lived Muslim experiences that incorporates a global, transnational as well as local focus. And the Option provides students with the opportunity to develop an integrative analysis of Islam and Muslims from many different perspectives: historical, scriptural, philosophical, cultural and gender perspectives that inform the contemporary global relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Completion of the Option requirements will result in a "Muslim Studies Option" designation on a students transcript and degree. The Muslim Studies Option consists of a minimum of 4.0 credits. Students must complete the two required core courses (1.0 credit) and a minimum of 3.0 Elective credits. In order to graduate, a GPA of 6.00 (C+) in the courses included in the Muslim Studies Option is required. Muslim Studies strongly encourages the study of languages other than English as an integral part of studying Muslims in the modern world.

For Muslim Studies students who take first-year language courses during their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of study, and who have already accumulated 6.0 junior credits, these courses will not be counted toward the maximum 6.0 limit on first-year credits. Language courses may be taken at WLU, at other recognized universities in Canada, or abroad on a letter of permission and with the prior written consent of the Muslim Studies Program Co-ordinator. Language courses are courses that are not taught in English, and focus on grammar, verbal and written communication skills in a second language. Students are advised to seek advice from the Program Co-ordinator about different study possibilities. In addition, when choosing elective courses, please keep in mind that some of these courses have prerequisites. Although these prerequisites may be waived by the program or department administering the course, it is the responsibility of the student to make such arrangements.

 

To declare the MZ option you would use the program selection form, click here.