For many, “Muslim” is more than a marker of religion. It represents a set of contested communities, ethnicities, histories, regions, politics, and artistic, literary, and musical traditions that may or may not have a recognizable connection to Islam. Nevertheless, many hold central notions of Muslim identity that act as shared horizons of belonging or association.

At Wesleyan, students who engage with this complex and ever-changing interdisciplinary field can pursue a minor in Muslim studies. At least 11 scholar-teachers from diverse disciplines—including Arabic, art history, College of Letters, English, French, government, history, music, religion, and Spanish—contribute to Muslim studies.

Graduates find their knowledge and skills are valued in such diverse professional spheres as politics, law, education, public policy, and the arts.

What You'll Study

  • The minor requires six courses, including a gateway course that introduces Muslim studies.
  • Students must also take at least one course in each of three topical categories (contemporary society and practice; historical inquiry; and literary, artistic, and musical studies) and at least one course in three of four regional categories (Middle East and North Africa; North America and Europe; South, East, and Southeast Asia; and Sub-Saharan Africa).