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).

  • 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

    Wessam Elmeligi

      Assistant Professor, Arabic

    Sally Howell

      Associate Professor, History

    Ara Sanjian

      Associate Professor, History

    Ronald Stockton

      Professor, Political Science

    Rose Wellman

      Assistant Professor, Anthropology

  • Course Offerings

    Winter  2020

    Menu A Courses

    History 339:  The Ottoman Empire in the 19th Century (CRN: 23626)

    2:00-3:15 PM MW Winter 2020  Instructor: Ara Sanjian

    DDC: Creative and Critical Thinking; Social and Behavioral Analysis



    Menu B Courses

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

    6:00-7:15 PM MW Winter 2020 Instructor: Rifaat Dika

    DDC: None                                                      


    ARBC 331: Survey of Arabic Literature (CRN: 23592)

    3:30-4:45 PM TR Winter 2020 Instructor: Wessam Elmeligi

    DDC: N/A                                                 


    AAST 3151: Public Cultural Work in Arab American Studies  (CRN: 22320)

    6:00-8:45 PM W Winter 2020 Instructor: Sally Howell

    DDC: Intersections                                           


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

    6:00-8:45 PM R Winter 2020 Instructor: Hani Bawardi

    DDC: Intersections                                          


    ANTH 495: Anthropology Capstone  (CRN: 22405)

    12:30-1:45 PM MW Winter 2020 Instructor: Rose Wellman DDC: It’s a capstone!  For this course to count for MEST, Dr. Wellman must confirm your project is on the Middle East AND you must petition for it count for Menu B.  Yes, this course is off the menu.  You’re welcome.                                             


    POL 385: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict   (CRN: 21400)

    9:30-10:45 AM TR Winter 2020 Instructor: Ron Stockton DDC: Intersections                                      

Middle East Studies Certificate Program

Social Sciences Building (SSB)
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