Middle East Studies

The Middle East Studies Certificate (MEST) is a credential for students who have studied the history and culture of the Middle East from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Requiring a minimum of 12 upper level credits after the completion of prerequisites, the MEST Certificate can complement your major or stand alone as a post baccalaureate credential. 

Please visit the MEST webpage for more information.

Required Pre-requisites 

The completion of:
HIST 101The World to 1500 CE3
or HIST 102 Medieval and Renaissance World
or HIST 103 The World Since 1500 CE
COMP 106Writing & Rhetoric II3
A minimum of 12 credits required from the following:
Group A: Regional and Thematic History- 9 credits from9
Islamic Movemnts Mid East Hist
Women&Islam Mid East to 1900
Ottoman Empire in 19th Century
Armenia Ancient Medieval World
Armenians in the Modern World
The Middle East 570 to 1800 CE
Modern Middle East, 1918-1945
Modern Middle East, 1945-1991
Lebanon in Modern Middle East
The US in the Middle East
Feminism & Mod. Mid. East
Culture& Hist. in Mod. Iran
Group B: Middle East Courses in Non-History Fields-3 Credits from:3
Any AAST upper level course.
Anth Persp on the Middle East
Higher Intermediate Arabic I
Higher Intermediate Arabic II
Language of Business
Survey of Arabic Literature
Arabic Cinema
Arabic Literature and Culture
Contemporary Arabic Literature
Topics in Arabic
Islamic Architecture
Islamic Decorative Arts
International Communications
Economies of the Middle East
Intro to Global Cultures
Islamic Philosophy
Middle East Politics
Total Credit Hours12


  1. Application to the MEST Certificate Program requires the following: Completion of all pre-requisite courses and ONE course from Group A or B (with a grade of B or better in the Group A or B course). 
  2. Students may replace one course in Group A with a Group B course. 
  3. A minimum 3.0 GPA in the courses counting in the MEST Certificate is required at the time of graduation and/or posting of the certificate. 
  4. At least 6 of the 12 credits for the certificate must be completed at UM-Dearborn. 
  5. All courses must be taken as standard grade mode (no pass/fail mode allowed), with the exception of a maximum of 3 credits of internship/co-op (approved by Petition). 
  6. A maximum of 3 credit of internship or co-op may satisfy a Group B requirement by Petition. 
  7. A maximum of 3 credits may share with major, minor, other certificate program. 
  8. Students may Petition the MEST Chair for use of upper level research based independent study credit. 
  9. Students with upper level credit in any of the following Middle Eastern languages (with a grade of B or higher) from another institution may Petition to apply that credit to satisfy the Group B requirement: Berber, Persian, Kurdish, Hebrew, Urdu, Dari, Pashto, Baluch, Armenian, Azeri Turkish, Turkish, Uzbek, and Tajik. This is not an exhaustive list. Research languages such as French or German may also be considered if the Petition demonstrates applicability to student's program study of the Middle East. 

Post-baccalaureate students may apply directly through the standard undergraduate non-degree admissions procedure, meeting the following stipulations:

  1. Must have a bachelor's degree completed (any field) with  minimum 3.0 GPA, or have completed a minimum of 90 credits in a declared major and be in good standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
  2. If pre-requisites have not been met at time of application, provisional admission may be granted with the stipulation that pre-requisites must be completed within two semesters and that no certificate will be granted unless pre-requisites are complete.