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MIRS: MENAS Specialization

The Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS)  Middle Eastern & North African studies (MENAS) specialization is designed for students interested in understanding the peoples, cultures, and languages in the MENA region. The program prepares students for onward graduate education, as well as placement into jobs in the private, government, or non-profit sectors. It is ideal for students with in-country experience who want to channel their talents, advance their language competence, and join an intellectual community of specialists in a vibrant interdisciplinary environment.

Anchored in the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies (CMENAS), the MIRS MENAS specialization draws upon CMENAS’s depth of scholarship and research in the region: 125 faculty members working in 17 disciplines and professional schools, including history, anthropology, political science, law, and public policy. CMENAS provides advanced training in MENA languages, literatures, and cultures. U-M’s world-renowned museums and libraries enrich students’ classroom experiences.

Curriculum (36 credits)

MIRS students will complete a total of 36 credits, distributed over at least two academic disciplines, at the 400-level or above. 27 of these credits are determined by the specialization. The remaining 9 credits are required for all MIRS students. MIRS requirements include two core courses and a graduate colloquium. In addition, MIRS students will have access to a graduate professional development workshop.

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