Academics

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) at the University of Michigan offers interdisciplinary bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as undergraduate minor in MENAS. 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. 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. CMENAS graduate students have the option to enroll in dual degree programs with the Ross School of Business, Law School, and the School of Public Health. Students graduating with CMENAS degrees go on to careers in many fields, including: higher education, government service, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.