Middle East Studies (MEST) Certificate

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. For students who want to explore the Middle East more deeply, please consider the Middle East Studies Major.

Information on the MEST Certificate

MEST Course Groups

  • Courses with an * can be applied to the capstone requirement.
  • MEST 3000 can be applied to Group A, B or C. 
  • MEST 3900 and MEST 4000 and MEST 4900 can be applied to Group A, B, or C by petition (as they depend on the particular project students complete in those courses).

Frequently asked questions about studying the Middle East at UM-Dearborn

Starting in Fall 2023, there are two ways you can focus on Middle East Studies: the MEST BA or the MEST Certificate.

(Please visit the MEST Major website for more information on this program.)

Learn About Our Faculty

Middle East Studies faculty teach and do research in diverse fields. Click the link below to read more about us and our work.

Associated MEST Faculty

Middle East Studies Faculty Publications and Appearances

Middle East Studies Steering Committee

Dr. Cam Amin
Dr. Camron Amin - MEST Coordinator

Camron Michael Amin, Ph.D.

Middle East Studies (MEST) Discipline and Certificate Coordinator, Professor of Middle East and Iranian Diaspora Studies

For more information about the program or certificate, contact [email protected]

Teaching Areas: 

Arab American Studies, History, Middle East Studies, Women's & Gender Studies

Research Areas: 

Iran / Iranian Studies, Women and Gender Studies



Dr. Hani Bawardi
Dr. Hani Bawardi

Hani Bawardi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

[email protected]

Teaching Areas:

Arab American Studies, History, Middle East Studies

Research Areas:

Arab American Studies, Immigrants / Immigration



Dr. Ara Sanjian
Dr. Ara Sanjian

Ara Sanjian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History; Director of Armenian Research Center

[email protected]

Teaching Areas:

Arab American Studies, Armenian, History, Middle East Studies

Research Areas:



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