University officials announced late last week the addition of Arab American Studies to UM-Dearborn’s list of available minors. Launched with the Winter 2012 semester, this 15-credit program allows students an in-depth look at the “historical, political, economic, literary, artistic, cultural, and psychological forces that have shaped and continue to shape Arab Americans,” according to the University press release.

According to the release, Ismael Ahmed, associate provost for Integrated Learning and Community Partnerships, believes UM-Dearborn is the first academic institution to offer this stand-alone specialization.

Many believe this minor will benefit students moving into a diverse workplace. “The more cultural competence people have, the more they can work with, do business and live with people in the community. It’s a great opportunity,” said Ahmed.

Click here to read more about the Arab American Studies course listing.

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