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Minor in Islamic Art and Architecture


The Minor in Islamic Art & Architecture adds another layer of knowledge to the education of the student, and is open to students within the Architecture & design undergraduate program as well as to undergraduate students from the broader LAU community. The program focuses on a number of core courses and electives directed towards the investigation of a particular area of interest.


The Minor in Islamic Art &Architecture exposes students to the artistic and architectural heritage of the Islamic world. In addition, the minor offers a number of electives to non-major students who may wish to broaden their knowledge of this important aspect of the culture of the region.

Program Objectives

The Minor in Islamic Art and Architecture seeks to:

  1. to introduce university students to the rich traditions of Islamic Art and Architecture;
  2. to offer students in art, architecture and design a deeper understanding of the cultural heritage of the region; and
  3. to allow students an opportunity to explore this field for further studies at the graduate level.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Minor in Islamic Art & Architecture, students will acquire:

  1. an understanding of the role and breadth of the arts in the various Islamic cultures;
  2. basic knowledge of the historic development of Islamic art and architecture in the Islamic world; and
  3. development of basic research skills in examining Islamic art traditions, and in interpreting these rich traditions.


A total of 18 credits are required to complete the minor, as per the following:

  • Required Courses (6 credits)
  • Elective Courses (12 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • IAA375 Introduction to Islamic Art (650-1650) (3 cr.)
  • IAA376 Introduction to Islamic Architecture (650-1650) (3 cr.)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

  • ARC371 History of Architecture I (3 cr.)
  • ARC584 Architecture in the Middle East (3 cr.)
  • ART331 History of Art I (3 cr.)
  • IAA595 International Studio (3 cr.)
  • IAA481 Contemporary Arts in the Islamic World (3 cr.)
  • IAA491 Topics in Islamic Art and Architecture (3 cr.)
  • IAA Elective (3 cr.)

IAA Elective Courses (3 credits)

  • IAA741 Byzantine and Early Islamic Art and Architecture (3 cr.)
  • IAA742 Ayyubid and Mamluk Art and Architecture (3 cr.)
  • IAA744 Ornament in Islamic Art and Architecture (3 cr.)
  • IAA745 Calligraphy in Islamic Art and Architecture (3 cr.)
  • IAA746 Geometry in Islamic Art and Architecture (3 cr.)