Certificate in Islamic Studies Requirements

The purposes of this certificate are to increase understanding of Islam as a world religion through critical analysis of primary and secondary materials, to foster knowledge about the complexity among Islamic societies and their diverse cultural expressions, and to explore the role of Islam and Muslims in present and past world affairs.

This certificate is housed within CALL (College of Arts, Languages & Letters). Minimum prerequisites for acceptance into the program for UHM undergraduates are sophomore or higher standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and the completion of at least one introductory course (DH) with a grade of B or better. UHM Graduate students may also apply. For non-UHM students, the prerequisite is an AA or BA degree (or equivalent) that included some humanities component or relevant work experience. Non-UHM students who do not wish to enroll in a degree program may register for the courses through Outreach College.

  • 15 credit hours are required for completion of the certificate.
  • History or Religion 354, Philosophy 330, and Religion 209.
  • Two electives to be selected from a list of 70+ UH courses. One course in Arabic or other field-specific language may be used as one of the electives.
  • Students are required to undertake a final research project in association with an elective class. Advanced undergraduates with GPA of 3.5 or above may, with instructor consent, use credit from graduate classes.

Click here for more information. Also, feel free to contact the Certificate Director: Dr. Tamara Albertini, tamaraa@hawaii.edu. If needed, the Director can help identify course equivalents and possible substitutions.

Updated: July 1, 2021