Loyola University Chicago

Islamic World Studies Minor

Islamic World Studies Minor


Loyola's Islamic World Studies minor introduces students to the Middle East, the birthplace of Islam, and the Islamic civilization. The minor offers a unique opportunity to think differently about the Middle East, Islam, Muslim societies, and their influence around the world. Through a rigorous interdisciplinary approach, students explore history, culture, politics, and religion in Muslim societies in a variety of regions including the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad in a Muslim country and enhance their academic knowledge through real life exposure to Muslim people and cultures.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Jenn Finn

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the Classical Studies Department since 2021. I hold a Ph.D. in Greek and Roman History from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Assyriology (Ancient Near Eastern History and Language) from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. My research interests cross-cultural contacts between the Near East and the Mediterranean World, Achaemenid Persia, and propaganda and power. I’ve published two books: Much Ado about Marduk (de Gruyter, 2017) and Contested Pasts (University of Michigan, 2022). I teach courses in the Classical Studies Department, including a new course called “Experiencing Mesopotamia”, as well as HONR 212: Encountering the Middle East.