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 see Prof. Amin in 1270 SSB,, fall 2016.

  • 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).

  • Faculty and Staff

    Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine

      Assistant Professor, English

    Imran Aijaz

      Associate Professor, Philosophy

    Camron Michael Amin

      Professor, History

    Hani Bawardi

      Associate Professor, History

    Rifaat Dika

      Lecture IV, Arabic

    Sally Howell

      Associate Professor, History

    Ara Sanjian

      Associate Professor, History

    Ronald Stockton

      Professor, Political Science

    Rose Wellman

      Assistant Professor, Anthropology

  • Course Offerings

    Winter  2019

    Menu A Courses

    HIST 3511:  Modern Middle East 1918-1956 (Online): (CRN: 22859)

    Online Winter 2019 Instructor: Camron Michael Amin DDC: Social and Behavioral Analysis, Upper Level Writing, Critical and Creative Thinking            



    Menu B Courses

    ARBC 302:  Higher Intermediate Arabic II  (CRN: 20593)

    3:30-4:45 PM MW Winter 2019 Instructor: Rifaat Dika



    ARBC 332:  Arabic Cinema (CRN: 23103)

    6:00-8:45 PM W Winter 2019 Instructor: Rifaat Dika

    DDC: Intersections, Critical and Creative Thinking                                  


    AAST 3151:  Public Cultural Work  (CRN: 22320)

    6:00-8:45 PM W Winter 2019 Instructor: Sally Howell

    DDC: Intersections                                           


    AAST 3673: Arabs and Muslims in Media  (CRN: 22875)

    6:00-8:45 PM T Winter 2019 Instructor: Hani Bawardi DDC: None                                                       


    POL 385: Middle East Politics  (CRN: 21400)

    9:30-10:45 AM TR Winter 2019 Instructor: Ronald Stockton DDC: None                                             

Middle East Studies Certificate Program

Social Sciences Building (SSB)
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