Minor: Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies

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Academics and Requirements



Undergraduate advisors at the International Institute are available to meet with undeclared students who would like to learn more about the program, and also with current majors and minors who would like to discuss course selection, degree requirements, major/minor releases, and other matters of concern. Appointments can be made through our online appointment calendar by clicking on: meet with an advisor. Information on all of our undergraduate programs and Walk-In Advising hours can also be found on our website: here. The International Institute’s Undergraduate Advising Office is currently located at 1080 South University Avenue, Suite 2660.

Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies Minor

A minor in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies is not open to students with a major in Middle Eastern and North African Studies or a major or minor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies .

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies offers an interdisciplinary minor to students who wish to gain insight into the political, economic, and social issues affecting the Middle East and North Africa, and who wish to achieve an understanding of the region's history and culture. Emphasis in this minor is on the modern Middle East and North Africa.

Prerequisites to the Minor

ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/HJCS 200, Introduction to World Religions: Near East.

Requirements for the Minor

At least 15 credits of courses, chosen in consultation with and approved by advisor:

  1. A 400-level history course
  2. A 400-level social science course in either Anthropology, Political Science, or Sociology
  3. MENAS 493

Courses must be distributed over three of the following disciplines: 3rd year of middle eastern language, anthropology, history, history of art, middle eastern literature, political science, religion, sociology or women's studies.


At least one half of the courses counting toward the minor must be taken at the UM-Ann Arbor campus. Elementary and intermediate-level language courses in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, and Turkish may not count toward the minor.

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