The Center for Arab American Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn encourages understanding of the history and experiences of Arab Americans and Arabic-speaking immigrants to the United States.

CAAS advocates this understanding through education, research, public outreach, and cultural exchange programs. In addition to offering a minor in Arab American Studies, CAAS provides internship opportunities for students with professional, public, and community-based agencies.  We foster community partnerships, encourage academic fellowships, and serve as a center for academic inquiry for scholars to investigate and share their work on the Arab American experience.

The Center promotes these goals in the following ways:


• Encourage and support research by our faculty and students.

• Showcase research findings through campus and public programs.

• Host and facilitate visiting scholars.

External Relations

• Provide expertise to the media, cultural institutions, and the public sector.


• Offer courses relevant to the Arab American community and its heritage

• Foster classroom opportunities for engaged, community-based research throughout the metropolitan Detroit region.

• Promote the study of the Arab region and of diverse populations within American society.

Center for Arab American Studies

CASL Building


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