Undergraduate Certificate in Muslim-Christian Relations
(Please note, the certificate program is open only to currently enrolled Georgetown University undergraduate students.)
We live in a globally interdependent world in which Islam and Muslim-Christian relations are becoming more and more important and prominent. More than half the world's population is Muslim or Christian. The two religious communities share religious roots and share issues of faith in the modern world, religious pluralism, and tolerance. Relations between Muslims and Christians are an important part of contemporary global affairs and world history and professionals in every field of work can benefit from a better understanding of Muslim-Christian relations.
To assist students interested in focusing a part of their undergraduate education on this significant subject, the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding offers a Certificate in Islam and Muslim-Christian Understanding. The goal of the Certificate program is to provide a way in which students can receive guidance in the study of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations through a defined but flexible academic program. The broader goal for the Center is to promote peaceful and productive Muslim-Christian relations through educating students who will be international leaders of the future.
The Certificate Program is similar to many at Georgetown University in its general structure. To obtain the certificate, students must complete a total of 6 classes (18 or more credit hours) to include: two semesters of basic foundation courses, at least three elective courses related to the subject, and a final capstone course.
Each participant is expected to develop a program of study in consultation with the Director of the Program and the Assistant Director in the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. People in the program are encouraged to utilize the variety of resources available, including overseas study. There is no formal language requirement. Students are encouraged to study languages that are appropriate to their particular interests in Islamic studies, and will be expected to fulfill the language requirements of either the School of Foreign Service or the College.
You may download the application here.
Foundation Course. The Program assumes that undergraduates will be taking or will have completed the basic general education program for their degree. As a result, they will already have had a solid introduction to Christian and Western traditions. The Certificate foundation course requirement is to provide a similar introduction to Islam. Students in the Certificate Program are required to take two, semester-long courses that provide a basic foundation for the study of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. These courses will normally be from the following list of courses offered at Georgetown University (or equivalent courses taken at other institutions). Note: the two courses do not have to be in a sequence.
- HIST 109 The Islamic World
- HIST 160 and 161 Middle East Civilization I & II
- ARAB 371 and 372 Introduction to Arabic Culture
- THEO 050 Islamic Religious Thought and Practice
- THEO144 Islamic Theological Development
Elective Courses. To gain a Certificate, students are required to take at least three elective courses that have been approved by the Director of the Certificate Program. These courses should have some common theme or focus of interest. Many regularly offered courses at Georgetown University involve the study of subject matter related to the broad fields of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. There is no list of elective courses that have been formally approved for the Certificate Program. Any relevant course may, subject to the approval of the program director, be used to satisfy this requirement. Normally at least two of these courses will be numbered 300 or above.
The Capstone Course. As a final part of the Certificate Program, students are required to undertake study at an advanced level that involves a research project dealing with the subject of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. A capstone course can be any course above the basic survey level that is taught by members of the faculty of the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the professor at the beginning of the semester that the student plans to use that course to fulfill the capstone requirement. The professor will then provide the student with the guidelines and expectations for the research paper to fulfill the capstone requirement. The student also needs to notify the Director of the Program regarding the Capstone Course.
In special cases, students may petition to present a major paper dealing with a topic in the area of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations rather than taking a specific course. The paper topic must be approved by the Certificate Program Director, and the resulting paper should represent significant research and analysis (at least 20-25 pages in length). The paper may, under special circumstances, be a revised version of work that has been presented as a part of work for a course or project, subject to the approval of the Program Director. The paper must be read and approved by at least two members of the faculty of the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding to be named by the Program Director.
*Please note, if you are in the College, there is no double counting of courses. For example, a course that counts towards your major may NOT count towards your Certificate requirements.
You may download the Graduate Certificate Report here.
Registering for the Certificate
To enroll in the Certificate program, please complete the Application Form; obtain a signature from the ACMCU Associate Directors, Dr. Jonathan Brown and Alexa Poletto; and drop off a hard copy at the front desk in the ACMCU office in ICC 260. Questions can be directed to Alexa Poletto at email@example.com.