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About Us

The University of Michigan’s Center for Armenian Studies (CAS) promotes the study of the history, language, and culture of Armenia and Armenians and helps prepare the new generation of scholars in the field. CAS is built on the solid foundation of rigorous curriculum offered by the two endowed chairs in Armenian studies: The Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History (1981) and the Marie Manoogian Chair in Armenian Language and Literature (1987). The University of Michigan offers an undergraduate major and minor in Armenian studies; MA and PhD degrees are offered through the University’s centers for regional studies and departments.

In addition, the center offers graduate student, post-doctoral, and visiting scholar fellowships; graduate and undergraduate student research support; specialized symposia, workshops and conferences, public lectures, and outreach programs. Through its work in the United States and abroad, CAS strives to contribute to the scholarly analysis and understanding of the challenges the Armenian people have faced at home, in the Near East and the Caucasus, and in the Diaspora.


The CAS Director, together with the members of the Executive Committee and Steering Committee, determines annual programing (lecture series, workshops, distinguished lectures), sets and approves the annual budget, reviews applications for fellowships and summer awards, and in general directs programmatic, outreach, and development activities of the Center for Armenian Studies to the interested academic, public, and non-profit communities.

Directions and Parking

CAS is located on the 5th floor of Weiser Hall at 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor.


There is limited metered street parking near Weiser Hall on Church Street and South University Avenue. Two parking structures are approximately two blocks away:

Forest Avenue Public Parking Structure

  • 650 South Forest Avenue

Palmer Drive Public Parking Structure

  • Palmer Commons, Palmer Drive

For more information about parking in Ann Arbor, please visit DDA Ann Arbor.

University of Michigan employees with a U-M parking permit will find the Church Street structure the closest to Weiser Hall, with the Hill Street, Thayer Street, and Forest Avenue structures all within walking distance. Please note that many University parking structures are free and open to the public after 6 pm each day and on Sunday. For more information about parking at the University of Michigan, please visit Logistics, Transportation, and Parking.