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Undergraduate Minor


Stanford undergraduates can minor in Global Studies with a specialization in Islamic Studies and acquire a global and interdisciplinary lens to explore Islam & Muslim societies and cultures.

The minor in Stanford Global Studies, Islamic Studies specialization, offers students an interdisciplinary and global exploration of Islam and Muslim societies and cultures. Focus is on knowledge of Islam in all its internal complexity, the history of Islam from its beginnings to the 21st century, Islamic social contexts, and the diversity of human experience as seen in literature and the arts originating in societies affected by Islamic civilizations. Students explore the global extent of Islam and the growth of its diasporas by taking courses on geographical regions such as the Middle East, South Asia, Eurasia, Africa, Western Europe, and Americas) and from disciplines such as anthropology, art and art history, comparative literature, history, political science, international relations, and religious studies.


To declare the Global Studies minor with Islamic Studies specialization, students must:

1. Set an appointment with Dr. Burcak Keskin-Kozat, Associate Director for the Islamic Studies Program to discuss your academic plan. 

2. Declare the Global Studies minor in Axess.

3. Complete the Declaration or Change of Undergraduate Major, Minor, Honors, or Degree Program form in order to declare the Islamic Studies specialization. Submit the form to Dr.  Burcak Keskin-Kozat .


By completing the specialization, students will

  1. organize their studies in a coherent and mentored minor.
  2. gain exposure to the past and present of Islam in diverse social, political, and cultural settings around the globe.
  3. prepare for or follow up on involvement in a Bing Overseas Studies Program such as in Istanbul, Paris, Berlin, or Cape Town.        


  1. GLOBAL 101 Global Studies Gateway Course (3 units)

  2. 1 area-specific entry course focusing on the Islamic world. The following courses may be used to fulfill this requirement:

  • ANTHRO 28N Secularism and its Critics
  • HISTORY 289 The Indian Ocean World: Winds, Merchants & Empires
  • POLISCI 246A Paths to the Modern World: Islam and the West
  • COMPLIT 238A Uneasy Modernity: 20th Century Persian Poetry and the Specter of Tradition
  • HISTORY 83D Global History of Muslim Peoples from the Crusades to Modern Times
  1. Completion of at least 25 units of courses from the Abbasi Program’s annual list of courses. Other courses may also fulfill the requirements; students should consult their Islamic Studies minor adviser concerning which courses might fulfill minor requirements.

  2. At least 1 course must be from each of the following areas:

  • Islamic Arts, Literatures and Cultures
  • Islam, History and Politics
  • Religion of Islam

3. Completion of three courses in a relevant language such as Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Urdu, Pashto, Kazakh, or Swahili.

4. A capstone project such as a minimum 25-page research paper, directed reading and research with an Abbasi Program faculty member, or an overseas study, internship, or language training program that is approved by the Abbasi Program. Students present their work in an end-of-year capstone seminar with other SGS minors and led by SGS faculty.

Upon completion of requirements, final certification of the minor is made by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. The minor and the specialization appear on the transcript but they do not appear on the diploma. 

For questions, please contact Associate Director Dr. Burcak Keskin-Kozat.


Visit the Global Studies Minor page to view all of the specializations.