The AMED Studies program is framed within a justice centered perspective that is grounded in the need for accountability and service to multiple publics, including those within and outside of the academic community. AMED generates and advances a counter narrative that views Arab and Muslim communities as communities of color within the US, in the Americas, and transnationally across other diasporas. AMEDs intellectual focus and framing will complement and build on the Comparative Ethnic Studies approach that is central to the Race and Resistance Studies Program in the College of Ethnic Studies.
The Minor in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies (AMED) is a multidisciplinary program that provides undergraduate students with a justice-centered analysis in which gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, citizenship, age, ability, and other structural inequalities are integral to the study of Arab and Muslim communities, and addresses the context in which these groups have existed and continue to develop in the current socio-political climate. The program is designed to bring together a wide range of areas, including Arab, Middle East, and Global Studies, race and ethnic studies, and critical cultural studies. Curricular focus areas include history, identity, politics, pop culture, literature, art, creativity, activism, gender, sexuality, race, immigration and citizenship, and comparative studies with other communities. AMED provides students with a non-traditional perspective on national and transnational positioning and resistances of Arab and Muslim communities.