The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) at the University of Michigan offers undergraduate and master degrees in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies. The program draws upon the expertise of nearly 70 faculty affiliates who are distinguished scholars of the Middle Eastern and North African region in fields such as anthropology, political science, history, classical studies, language, and literature. Students in these programs can choose both general and highly specialized coursework in a variety of disciplines. While the program focuses on the modern Middle East, many courses are offered that demonstrate the connection between ancient and modern history and contemporary affairs in the region including training through advanced levels of contemporary language courses of the region—Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.
Students graduating with CMENAS degrees go on to careers in many fields, including: higher education, government service, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. And with CMENAS’ unique dual-degree programs with U-M's Schools of Law, Public Health, and Business, students can pursue careers as Middle Eastern specialists in these professions.