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

This certificate is housed within the College of Arts & Humanities. The participating
departments are Art, History, Philosophy, and Religion. 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 within one of the four participating departments with a grade of B or better.
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.
  • HIST 354 (or REL 354), PHIL 330, and REL 209. It is recommended that REL 209 be taken first.
  • Two electives selected from the approved list of UH Islamic courses.
  • 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 the following graduate classes: Art/Asian
    Studies 792, History 662, or Philosophy 730.

For more information, contact the Director of the Undergraduate Certificate (Dr. Tamara Albertini by email at tamaraa@hawaii.edu or by telephone at 808-956-6030) or any of the instructors teaching the required courses.