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RELS 380 Muslim Identities in the United States

This course examines Islam as a cultural, political, social and faith identity in the United States. Topics may include: gender, family, and sexuality; immigration, acculturation, and assimilation; stereotypes, xenophobia, and Islamophobia; race, racism, and ethnicity; media and popular culture representations; American Muslim organizations and leadership; and the relationship of US Muslims to Muslim global communities.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 16, 2016 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Define and describe extremism as defined by various religious traditions.
  • Identify modern causes of Islamic extremism
  • Describe individual, local and global effects of religious extremism
  • Analyze efforts for combating extremism in local or global communities.
  • Integrate economic, political, and religious theory in order to analyze core causes of extremism.
  • Research and report on extremism as manifested in various countries.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 8: Global Perspective

  • Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  • Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.