Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana is preparing to offer a course in 2018 that gives academic credit to students for meeting with Muslims, hanging out at the Muncie mosque, and making a documentary film about Muslims who reside in the local area.
The seminar is titled “Muslims In Muncie,” according to an email obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
A flyer promoting the course states that students will “learn about the history and diversity of Muslims in America” by participating “in the social and ritual life of the Muncie Islamic Center.”
The course will conclude with students hosting a “public showcase in May 2018” in which they will display their films.
It purports to help students become “empowered as critically engaged, globally aware citizens.”
Students will receive credit through the honors college or for graduation requirements related to humanities, social science, fine arts or religious studies.
The course is organized by Ball State philosophy and religious studies professor Elizabeth Agnew. Her faculty web page reads: “From 2012-2015, Professor Agnew participated with a team of Ball State faculty in a U.S. State Department-funded partnership with Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan to advance the American Studies graduate program at QAU’s Area Study Center.”
She has been given positive reviews from students who say that she is “very enthusiastic about what she is teaching” and “very interesting to listen to.” “Tests are very hard.” Also, Agnew is “pretty strict on eating in her class, even the smallest thing.”
Read the full flyer promoting the course below:
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