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The Islamic Studies Program includes core courses on Islamic Studies while allowing students the flexibility to choose from a broad selection of related courses in Islam and Muslim society offered in a variety of departments. The course of study is designed for students who plan to continue their education at the graduate level in Islamic studies or related disciplines, as well as for students who are interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree before going on to other fields or professions.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare an Islamic studies major must first meet with a Middle Eastern studies advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the Islamic Studies degree plan to see all required courses for the Islamic Studies major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view major requirements and Islamic Studies course descriptions.


There are no specializations within the Islamic Studies major, but there are many aspects of the field that students can explore in more depth. Students are required to complete the College of Liberal Arts foreign language requirement in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Yoruba.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Students in the Islamic Studies major are deeply interested in the history, languages, and culture of Islam, as well as the study of religion in general. They are eager to explore Islam's significance in the past, present, and future of the Middle East, America, and the world. Many Islamic Studies majors also study or travel abroad to further pursue their interests.


The Islamic Studies major, as with most Liberal Arts majors, develops students' critical thinking, writing, and research skills as they explore the various cultural, historical, sociological, and political aspects of Islam and the regions it influences. Islamic Studies majors will become proficient in a related foreign language of their choosing: either Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Urdu. This major provides students with a strong set of transferrable skills as well as a knowledge of the religion of Islam and the Middle East applicable to a number of different career fields and/or graduate study.