NEW LONDON,CT–A new Islamic studies program multidisciplinary new major was approved by Connecticut College. The addition of global Islamic studies further strengthens the College’s reputation for excellence in international education, says Dean of the Faculty Abigail Van Slyck in a press release.
“This is a ground-breaking program that leverages Connecticut College’s existing strengths in interdisciplinary learning to ensure that students develop a nuanced understanding of the intersections among religion, culture, history and language, and their impact on the world in which we live,” Van Slyck says. “Citizenship in today’s global society requires nothing less.”
Global Islamic studies majors will take courses in religious studies, history, government and choose from a broad range of electives with titles like, “Islamic Art: Word and Image,” “Muslim Women’s Voices” and “Historicizing 9/11, Internationally and Locally.” The courses are taught by faculty in many different departments who have a range of expertise related to Islamic history and culture in Western Europe, Russia, Turkey, Bosnia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, North Africa, the United States and the Middle East.