FAQ

Q: Which “approved languages” fulfill the language requirement?

A: Students may pass the language requirement in Arabic, Bengali, Hausa, Malay (Bahasa Indonesia / Bahasa Malaysia), Persian (Farsi), Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, and other languages that receive approval from the Islamic Studies DUS.

Of these, only Arabic is currently offered at Johns Hopkins. Instruction in other approved languages is available through other area universities, summer language programs, and study abroad.

Q: Which courses count for credit toward the minor?

A: See the “Courses” tab on our website for classes currently cross-listed in Islamic Studies. Some other past, present, and future courses count too, but must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies. Contact Islamic Studies DUS Prof. Ryan Calder for details (rcalder@jhu.edu).

Q: Do courses taken outside JHU count?

A: A maximum of two courses may be taken outside Johns Hopkins. All outside courses require approval by the Islamic Studies DUS.

Q: What grade must I get in a course for it to count?

A: JHU courses must be passed with a minimum grade of “C-”. Grades in courses taken outside JHU will be considered by the DUS on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Do pass/fail (S/U) courses count?

A: No.

Q: Do courses taken under covered grades count?

A: Yes.