Arab and Muslim American Studies, Minor

Program DIrector: Louise Cainkar, Ph.D.

The Arab and Muslim American Studies minor is an important component of race and ethnic studies at Marquette University. Arab and Muslim American Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary and well-rounded understanding of historic and contemporary Arab and Muslim American experiences, set in the context of the experiences of other American racial and ethnic groups and global hierarchies of power.

Core courses explore themes such as immigration history; racism, racialization, discrimination and hate crimes; gender and sexuality; media representations; national security policies; intergroup relations; local and global impacts of war and violence; comparative Arab and Muslim diasporas; Islam as a faith; and intellectual, literary, artistic and cultural contributions. These courses are augmented by a selection of electives to complete the minor. Elective choices include analyzing Arab and Muslim American experiences in a comparative race perspective; deepening knowledge of the places from which Arab and Muslim immigrants come and the policies that guide their migrations; and Arabic language study. A J-session course featuring online course work and an intensive immersion experience in the Detroit area, home to the largest concentration of mosques and Muslims in the United States, offers a powerful, high-impact elective. Together, these courses provide a range of knowledge vital for a critical understanding of contemporary Arab and Muslim American experiences situated in their domestic and global contexts.

The minor aims to fulfill Marquette aspirations for “educating global citizens” to be agents of change. Its interdisciplinary character aspires to evoke a “spirit of curiosity” and a quest for knowledge characterized by both breadth and depth. The Arab and Muslim American Studies minor equips students for excellence in service and leadership in a nation that is increasingly complex and diverse, including a diversity of faith traditions.