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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, camamin@umich.edu, 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, camamin@umich.edu, 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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