The Middle East Studies Certificate is a credential for students who have studied the history and culture of the Middle East from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Requiring a minimum of 12 upper-division credits after the completion of pre-requisites, the MEST Certificate can complement your major or stand alone as a post baccalaureate credential.

Contact MEST Coordinator:

Camron Michael Amin,, 313-436-9171

Information on the MEST Certificate

Pre-requisites and Requirements

Required pre-requisites:  Hist 101 or 102 or 103 and Comp 106

Course options and certificate notes and guidelines

Earning the certificate requires a minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours selected from among Menu A (history) and Menu B (non-history) courses.  No more than 9 credit hours can be from Menu A.  No more than 6 credit hours can be from Menu B.

All work will be at the 300+ level and only 3 hours may be shared with another major, minor, or certificate.  There will be GPA criteria for admission and posting of the certificate. 
If you are interested please contact Prof. Amin,, 313-439-9171, 1270 SSB.

Program Goals

Students who complete the MEST should be able to demonstrate:

  1. The ability to formulate viable research projects in Middle East Studies.  

  2. The ability to contextualize that research within the scholarly literature of Middle East Studies generally and relevant subfields (e.g. History, Anthropology).

Course Offerings

Fall  2020

Menu A Courses

HIST 3520:  Lebanon in the Modern Middle East (CRN: 14024)

12:30-1:45 PM TR Fall 2020  Instructor: Ara Sanjian

DDC: None                                                                                                


Menu B Courses

ARBC 301: Higher Intermediate Arabic  (CRN: 10690)

3:30-4:45 PM MW Fall 2020 Instructor: Rifaat Dika

DDC: None                                                                                              


ARBC 310: Arabic Translation Skills (CRN: 14121)

12:00-1:45 PM TR Fall 2020 Instructor: Wessam Elmeligi

DDC: None                                                                                        


AAST 3150: Intro to Arab American Studies  (CRN: 11886)

11 AM-12:15 PM MW Fall 2020 Instructor: Sally Howell

DDC: Intersections                                                                                


AAST 3151: Public Cultural Work in Arab American Studies  (CRN: 13889)

6:00-8:45 PM M Fall 2020 Instructor: Sally Howell

DDC: Intersections                                                                                        


AAST 4677:  Arab American Identities  (CRN: 13890)

6:00-8:45 PM T Fall 2020 Instructor: Hani Bawardi

DDC: Capstone, Upper-Level Writing                                                            


ANTH 373: Anthropology of the Middle East  (CRN: 13867)

11 AM-12:15PM MW Fall 2020 Instructor: Rose Wellman DDC: Critical and Creative Thinking, Social and Behavioral                                           


PHIL 306:  Islamic Philosophy  (CRN: 12287)

2:00-3:15 PM MW Fall 2020 Instructor: Imran Aijaz DDC: Critical and Creative Thinking                                                            


POL 385: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict   (CRN: 13863)

3:30-4:45 PM TR Fall 2020 Instructor: Ron Stockton DDC: Intersections                                                                                    

Middle East Studies Certificate Program

Social Sciences Building (SSB)
Back to top of page