Loyola University Chicago

Islamic World Studies Minor


  • Students will be able to describe and/or contextualize the salient ideas of selected texts, including scriptures, novels, films, and works of art in the Islamic tradition.
  • Students will be able to broadly articulate the history of Islam and its global expansion
  • Students will be able to describe controversies about the significance of domestic and foreign policies and events, past and present, within the Islamic World and between Muslim nations and other regions, including the West
  • Students will be able to describe contemporary and historical forms of ethnic, linguistic, cultural and interpretive diversity across the Islamic world and how these have changed over time.
  • Students will be able to give examples of the interaction among selected elements of Islamic civilization, such as religious and philosophical beliefs, political institutions, economic policies, localized social practices, literature, technology, history, and art. 
  • Students will be able to discuss social and political issues reflected in contemporary debates about forms of government, globalization, etc. as well as social justice issues such as gender and immigration with references to examples involving Muslim populations.
  • Students will be able to apply their knowledge of social science and the dynamics of societal change to particular questions and policies of and about nations and societies comprising the Islamic World.
  • Students will be able to discuss ethical issues as they may pertain to varied practices and interpretations of Islam, and to reflect on shared ethical challenges facing other faith traditions or philosophical systems such as responses to climate change
  • Students will be able to articulate values of diversity, justice, and spirituality both in Islamic contexts and comparatively.
  • Students will be able to write essays that present logical arguments based on critical analysis of evidence drawing on data relevant to Muslim societies and populations.