Director: Dr. Jamile Lawand (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Tel. (810) 762-3370.
Program Faculty: Dr. Dauda Abubakar (AFA/POL), Dr. Mohamed Daassa (FOR/HIS), Dr. Imane Hakam (FOR), Dr. Mary Jo Kietzman (ENG), Dr. Jamile Lawand (FOR/HON), Dr. Hisyar Ozsoy (ANT), Dr. Kathryn Schellenberg (SOC).
The “Middle Eastern” Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to providing students with an understanding of the cultural, political and social realities of the “Middle East.” The varied course offerings introduce students to the history, language, politics, economy, literature, art and traditions of a region that not only has made important contributions to Europe, but also has played a significant role in shaping the human experience. Students will gain different perspectives on both historical and current issues involving the “Middle East,” as well as further appreciate the cultural diversity of the United States. The program is designed to enrich career preparation in fields where there is an increasing need and interest in global awareness, such as education, business, government, and international relations.