The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) at the University of Michigan draws upon the expertise of nearly 85 faculty affiliates who are distinguished scholars of the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region across disciplinary fields. Our faculty offer courses in anthropology, political science, history, classical studies, language, and literature, as well as in the schools of Environment and Sustainability, Ford School of Public Policy, Law, Public Health, Ross School of Business, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
CMENAS is proud to offer a Master of Arts degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies; and dual degrees with business, law, and public policy. The versatility of the CMENAS MA degree allows students to take courses from schools and colleges across the university and uniquely tailor their overall coursework to their specific interests. Our Master’s students are an integral part of the center, which provides a forum for intellectual dialogue and learning with true interdisciplinary vitality. We also offer FLAS Fellowships to assist students who are studying any FLAS eligible language such as Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish.
A multitude of university divisions have curated resources to supplement and bolster the lessons students learn in the classroom. Through Language Resource Center students have access to a vast array of films, television shows, and texts that support their language learning process. The University Library’s Near Eastern and North African collection is among the nation’s richest and most comprehensive, containing over 630,000 monograph volumes, region specific periodicals, and newspapers. The Islamic Manuscripts Collection ranks among the largest and most significant Islamic manuscript collections in North America. The collection is an invaluable resource that offers a vast range of primary source material in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish for philologists and historians of various disciplines, including Islamic social history, knowledge transmission and acquisition, manuscript production and ownership, and the arts of the book. There are an abundance of activities available for students throughout the year. In addition to those regularly offered by CMENAS, students and faculty often participate in the events and programs offered by other regional centers in the International Institute and other departments at the University of Michigan.