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Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Law and Theology

Zaytuna’s bachelor of arts program is founded on an integral liberal arts curriculum, consisting of courses from both the Islamic and Western traditions of higher learning. Beginning with the trivium—courses in grammar, rhetoric, and logic—and an intensive study of the Arabic language, students progress through courses in theology, law, history, philosophy, science, and literature, while studying and reading classical texts from both traditions. The program is designed so that courses taken later both depend and build on earlier courses. Every course and graduation requirement is essential to the intellectual trajectory of the curriculum as a whole.

Graduation Requirements

Requirements Descriptions Units Due
Completion of coursework

Must pass all courses with a D or better, must pass all Arabic courses with a C or better

124

End of senior year

Outdoor Classrooms
Requirements Description Units Due
Swimming*

Must pass a performance exam

1

End of freshman year

Archery*

Must pass a performance exam

1

End of sophomore year

Horseback Riding*

Must pass a performance exam

1

End of junior year

Under the direct supervision of an advisor or instructor
Requirements Description Units Due
Orthoepy (tajwīd)

Must pass a written and oral exam

1

End of sophomore year (or may test out earlier)

Memorization of the Qur’an (ḥifẓ)

Al-Fātiḥah; al-Baqarah 225, 285–86; Āl ʿImrān 190–200; al-Kahf 1–10, 101–10; Yā Sīn; al-Wāqiʿah; al-Ḥashr 18–24; all of Juz’ 30

1

End of senior year

Service Learning*

50 hours of community service, a reflection paper, and discussion with instructor

3

End of senior year

Senior thesis

40–page research project

3

End of senior year


Curriculum Overview

Summer
Freshman (Year 1) Sophomore (Year 2) Junior (Year 3) Senior (Year 4)
Arabic prerequisite (or proficiency exam)

Summer Arabic Intensive Program

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Fall
Freshman (Year 1) Sophomore (Year 2) Junior (Year 3) Senior (Year 4)
Intermediate Arabic 1 (5 units)

Arabic Grammar and Texts 1 (4 units)

Arabic Text Study 1

Arabic Rhetoric and Literature

Islamic Law 1

Prophetic Tradition

Islamic Law: Family

Metaphysical Foundations

Introduction to the Qur’an

Qur’anic Sciences

Constitutional Law

Ethics

Trivium Seminar in Grammar

Logic in the Islamic Tradition

Kalām Theology

Astronomy in the Islamic Tradition

Prophetic Biography

Islamic History

Philosophy

Contemporary Muslim Thought

Swimming*

Archery*

Horseback Riding*

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Research Methods Seminar (1 unit)

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Spring
Freshman (Year 1) Sophomore (Year 2) Junior (Year 3) Senior (Year 4)
Intermediate Arabic 2 (5 units)

Arabic Grammar and Texts 2 (4 units)

Arabic Text Study 2

Senior Arabic Seminar

Islamic Law 2

Principles of Democracy

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Islamic Law: Commercial

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Seminal Ancient Texts

Comparative Theology

Islamic Law: Inheritance

Trivium Seminar in Logic

Politics

Readings in Muslim Spirituality

Al-Ghazālī

Trivium Seminar in Rhetoric Creedal Theology

Economics

Classical Muslim Texts and Commentaries

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Swimming (1 unit)

Archery (1 unit)

Horseback Riding (1 unit)

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