International Studies & Programs

Minor in Muslim Studies

The minor in Muslim Studies is available as an elective to undergraduate students at MSU. It provides students with an opportunity to study Muslim societies and Islam in a range of disciplines and topics.


Inside Blue MosqueThe minor in Muslim Studies is administered by James Madison College. With the approval of the department that administers the student's degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements of the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

The student's program of study must be approved by the Muslim Studies coordinator prior to enrollment in any course.

Muslim Studies Minor Coordinator

Waseem El-Rayes
elrayes(at)msu.edu
James Madison College, 306 S. Case Hall
517-884-1268


Language Requirements for the minor in Muslim Studies

Students must complete second-year college-level competency in Arabic or another language appropriate for Muslim Studies such as Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, or Swahili.

Students may petition the Muslim Studies Minor coordinator for approval of an additional foreign language when it relates to a student's program of study. Students may also petition for a substitution for part or all of the language requirement, replacing the language credits with non-language courses from the course list below. An exception to the language requirement may be granted to students completing a relevant study abroad experience from an approved list of programs available from the Muslim Studies Minor coordinator.

Students with majors in the College of Social Science should consult with their academic advisor to discuss alternatives to fulfillment of the language requirement in this minor.

Course Requirements

Five courses with Muslim studies or Islamic content selected from the two categories, with at least one from each category. Not more than one IAH or ISS course may count toward the five required courses. Students must contact the Muslim Studies Minor coordinator for an updated list of approved courses prior to enrollment.

For more information access the complete requirements for a minor in Muslim Studies.