Bachelor's Degree

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF ISLAMIC LAW AND THEOLOGY

Graduation Requirements

The Zaytuna College bachelor’s 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 intensive study of the Arabic language, the student progresses through a series of courses in the areas of theology, law, history, philosophy, science, and literature, with each area covering classical texts in both traditions. The program is designed so that courses taken later both depend and build on earlier courses. The goal of the program is to ensure that every course is essential to the intellectual trajectory of the curriculum as a whole.


UnitsNotes
Completion of Coursework127Must pass all courses with a D or better; Arabic courses with a C or better.
Recitation of the Qur'an (tajwid)1May test out after assessment at start of freshman year, or must complete the requirement by the end of sophomore year.
Memorization of the Qur'an  (hifz)1Must completed by the end of senior year.
Juz ' 30
al-Baqarah 225; 285-286
Al-i 'Imran 190-200
al-Kahf 1-10; 101-110
Ya-Sin
al-Waqi'ah

al-Hashr 18-24
Experiential Learning3Completion of 50 hours of community service accompanied by a reflection paper and discussion with instructor.
Senior Thesis3Completion of an approximately 40-page research project, under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
Sunnah Sports (1 unit each)3Freshman Year: Swimming Sophomore Year: Archery Junior Year: Horseback Riding
TOTAL138

Before a student begins the Zaytuna College program, he or she must take and pass the Summer Arabic Intensive (SAI) program, which comprises eight weeks of study. If the student fails to pass the SAI final exam, he or she will not be admitted to the Bachelor’s program. Students are not required to attend the SAI program if they pass the Proficiency Exam administered upon enrollment.

Curriculum Overview

All courses are three units, except where indicated. Classes not listed in the table are tajwid (one unit), memorization (one unit), experiential learning (three units), and the fiqh enrichment section for female students (optional).


Year One
Fall
Year Two
Fall
Year Three
Fall
Year Four
Fall

• Arabic Grammar 1 (5 units)
•  Islamic Law 1: Purification and Prayer
• Freshman Seminar
• Prophetic Biography
• Introduction to the Qu'ran

• Arabic Grammar and Texts (4 units)
• Prophetic Tradition
• Quranic Sciences
• Logic in the Islamic Tradition
• Islamic History

• Arabic Text Study 1
• Constitutional Law
• Islamic Law: Family
• Natural Theology
• Philosophy
• Senior Thesis: Research Methods Seminar (1 unit)

• Contemporary Muslim Thought
•  Metaphysical Foundations
• Ethics
• Astronomy in the Islamic Tradition
• Arabic Rhetoric and Literature

Year One
Spring
Year Two
Spring
Year Three
Spring
Year Four
Spring

• ArabicGrammar 2 (5 units)
• Islamic Law 2: Alms, Fasting, and Pilgrimage
• Formal Logic
• Rhetoric 
• Creedal Theology

• Arabic Grammar and Texts 2 (4 units)
• History of the United States 
• Politics
• Seminal Ancient Text
• Economics

• Arabic Text Study 2
• Readings in Muslim Spirituality
• Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
• Comparative Theology
• Classical Muslim Texts and Commentaries

•  al-Ghazzali
• Islamic Law: Commercial
•  Senior Thesis Writing
• Islamic Law: Inheritance
• Senior Arabic Seminar

Year One
Summer
Year One
Summer
Year One
Summer
Year One
Summer

• Summer Arabic Intensive

• Summer Arabic Intensive

• Summer Arabic Intensive

• Summer Arabic Intensive

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