The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies brings together under one umbrella the various units focusing on the region that have made the University of Arizona their home for decades.
The School carries on the academic functions of the former Near Eastern Studies Department (1989-2011) which supports our academic faculty, offers courses and grants student degrees.
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is a Title VI federally funded national resource center (one of 19 centers in the country) that supports our students through Foreign Language and Area Studies grants, supports our academic work through conference and events, and does community outreach in the Tucson and Southwest region.
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is the premier national and international professional organization for the academic study of the region, and the American Institute for Maghribi Studies (AIMS) fulfills the same function for the North African field. These autonomous, nationally chartered institutions have long been part of the Middle East studies community at the University of Arizona, and now form an advisory council that puts our School at the forefront of trends and issues in the field.
Along with our active graduate student organization (MENA) and the Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC), this concentration of academic and professional expertise makes the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies one of the key sites for the field in the United States and the world.