Arab American Studies

Minor or Integrative Studies Concentration

Dearborn and its neighbors are home to one of the largest-- and most diverse-- communities of people of Arab descent outside of the Middle East. The Center for Arab American Studies at UM-Dearborn encourages students to develop a coherent understanding of the unique circumstances surrounding the incorporation of Arab immigrants into American society; the broad range of diversity found within Arab American communities; how the Arab American experience is shaped by local, national and international conditions; and the contributions of Arab Americans to American culture and history.

Minor Requirements 

A minor or concentration requires 15 credit hours of upper level coursework including AAST 3150 and 12 additional credits of any 300/400; 3000/4000 level AAST courses. Other disciplines offer courses relevant to the AAST minor. Students will be able to count one such course toward the minor/concentration with approval of the AAST faculty advisor by petition

The Arab American Studies (AAST) Certificate is an interdisciplinary undergraduate and post-baccalaureate certificate that prepares students for working and living in our diverse metropolitan region and world by concentrating on the historical and current experiences of Arab and Muslim Americans and the relevance of those experiences for understanding race and ethnicity in the U.S. and globally. The interdisciplinary approach of the certificate provides students with analytical frameworks for understanding how social, cultural, legal, and political factors influence the lives of Arab American individuals, families, and communities. The program of study examines a broad spectrum of diversity to understand the ways that immigration, racism and discrimination, gender and sexuality, class, ethnicity, culture, and religion intersect with one another in people’s lives.

12 credit hours required.

Required course: (3 credit hours from):

AAST 3150 Introduction to Arab American Studies OR  AAST 3151 Public Culture Work in Arab Detroit

       Additional Courses (9 credit hours required from): AAST 3150, AAST 3634, AAST 3676AAST 473, AAST 4677, AAST 4678; ANTH 373;


1. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for admission to the program.

2. A maximum of 3 credit hours of transfer coursework may be counted toward the minimum 12 credit hours required for the program by Petition to the Program Director.

3. None of the courses applied to the certificate may be taken pass/fail.

4. A minimum 3.0 GPA in the UM-Dearborn courses counting toward the AAST certificate is required at the time of graduation and/or awarding of the certificate.