The insights gained from the program can be practically applied to professional and educational settings, while widely contributing to the development of more inclusive and diverse communities. The certificate also serves as a bridge program for students who may consider pursuing a Master’s degree in Contemporary Islamic Studies offered at the college.
The GCIS aims to promote a deeper understanding of Islamic thought and its features of moderation, ease, and openness. It equips students with the ability to follow and interact with Islamic jurisprudence, its traditional and contemporary texts, and its constant and changing principles. A strong foundational grasp of Islamic studies enables students to understand intellectual nuances, identify their own positions in various discourses, apply theories to their own realities, and engage positively with other cultures, religions, and philosophies.