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Islamic Studies Minor

The Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) offers an interdisciplinary academic minor to students who wish to a) better understand the history and culture of the Islamic religion and Muslim societies and b) gain insight into the political, economic, and social transitions taking place in this field.

This is the only academic program at U-M with a sole focus on Islam. The focus of this academic minor is not restricted to a single world region and does not have any prerequisites. There is no language requirement for this minor.




At least 16 credits, selected in consultation with and approved by the GISC undergraduate academic advisor, from the following:

  • MIDEAST 216 (Introduction to Islam)
  • Four additional courses on Islam or on Muslim societies
    • At least two courses which must be 300-level or above
    • At least two 3-credit courses covering two of the following regions:
      • Central Asia
      • East and Southeast Asia
      • Europe and the Americas
      • South Asia
      • Middle East and North Africa
      • Sub-Saharan Africa

The following courses typically do not count toward the GISC minor:

  • FRENCH 235
  • ACABS 277 / AAPTIS 277 / HJCS 277 / JUDAIC 277 / RELIGION 277
  • POLSCI 353


Students will be required to formulate a coherent academic minor plan in consultation with an International Institute undergraduate advisor; the plan formulated will reflect an interdisciplinary and cross-regional approach to the subject of Islam. 

Appointments can be made using the LSA Advising Appointment System. Visit the International Institute website for more about undergraduate advising.