single degree

Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BMECAS
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

Immerse yourself in a remarkable and complex part of the world.

The Middle Eastern and Central Asian regions of the World are rich in history, geographical wonders, political turmoil, and socio-cultural influence. They are areas of constant domestic and international interest as events often unfold which have global relevance and significance.

This program will take you through the topics, debates and developments in the Middle East and Central Asia. You will study the socio-cultural, political, historical and economic structures of these regions and develop a comprehensive knowledge of their relationship to global socio-cultural, political and economic trends.

To fully engage with the history and culture of the regions, you can also study a Middle Eastern or Central Asian language.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find work in policy development, foreign affairs, government, private business, tourism, trade, journalism and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program enables students to:

  • differentiate socio-cultural, historical and political structures of the Middle East and Central Asia;
  • define and evaluate modern events and developments which have shaped the regions;
  • analyse the global significance of events and developments in the Middle East and Central Asia, and
  • communicate in a Middle Eastern or Central Asian language (graduates’ proficiency will vary on the level of language completion).

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis, taking into account all relevant academic qualifications. If you hold more than one qualification, admission will be based on your overall record. Tertiary qualifications are generally weighted more heavily than secondary. If you have completed an approved tertiary preparation course or alternative entry scheme, you will be assessed on the results of that scheme alone, unless you have undertaken subsequent study.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission pathways.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

From 2010, the UAI/ENTER/TER will be referred to as ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for admission. See http://www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/atar/ for further information.

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
29

Adjustment Factors

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies.  Please note that Bonus Points do not apply to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program.

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/eas for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$25,984.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

48 units from completion of the Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies major:

Either:

48 units from the completion of one of the following language majors:

Arabic

Persian

Or:

48 units from completion of two of the following language minors:

Arabic

Persian

Russian

Turkish

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

For information about honours, please see the College of Arts and Social Sciences Honours website.

Majors

Minors

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Major 1000 level Course 6 units Turkish Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Persian Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Major 1000 level Course 6 units Turkish Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Persian Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Turkish Minor 2000 level Course 6 units Persian Minor 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Turkish Minor 2000 level Course 6 units Persian Minor 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Major 2000/3000 Course 6 units Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Single degree

Three years full-time (144 units) - four courses per semester (24 units)
A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
A Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies major (48 units)
Either:  One of the following majors (48units):
•    Arabic
•    Persian
Or:  Two of the following minors (24 units):
•    Arabic
•    Persian
•    Russian
•    Turkish
Eight Electives (48 units) from across the ANU






Double degree

This degree requires 96 units
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
A Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies major (48 units)
Either:  One of the following majors (48units):
•    Arabic
•    Persian
Or:  Two of the following minors (24 units):
•    Arabic
•    Persian
•    Russian
•    Turkish

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to take the Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies major (8 courses) and either two minors of your choice from Arabic, Persian, Russian and Turkish (8 courses) or a major in either Arabic or Persian.
You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.

Double degree
In a Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
You'll need to take the Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies major (8 courses) and either two minors of your choice from Arabic, Persian, Russian and Turkish (8 courses) or a major in either Arabic or Persian.

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.
A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor.
You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
You need to enrol in courses for a Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies major
You need to enrol in courses for at least one potential Arts minor or a second potential Arts major
You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian half of the double degree

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

How do I choose courses for my major?
You need to choose two courses from the Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies major.  Both the courses listed below are compulsory for the major:
•    MEAS1001 – Introduction to the Modern Middle East   First Semester
•    MEAS1002 – Islam: History and Institutions    Second Semester

How do I choose courses for my additional major or my two minors?
•    If your chosen major or minor is Arabic and you are a beginner you would enrol in the following courses:
     ARAB1002 - Introductory Arabic A (Semester 1)
     ARAB1003 - Introductory Arabic B (Semester 2)
•    If your chosen major or minor is Persian and you are a beginner you would enrol in the following courses:
     PERS1001 - Introductory Persian A (Semester 1)
     PERS1002 - Introductory Persian B (Semester 2)
•    If your chosen minor is Turkish and you are a beginner you would enrol in the following courses:
     TURK1001 - Elementary Turkish A (Semester 1)
     TURK1002 - Elementary Turkish B (Semester 2)
•    If you have studied your chosen language previously you will need to take a Language Placement Test to determine the level of courses you should enrol in for 2014.  Following the placement test you will be given a permission code from the relevant Centre/School to allow you enrol in the correct level of you chosen language.

Electives

Single Degree
While you only need to enrol in courses for one major and either two minors or a second major, you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for the major, the minor and a course from one of the designated areas listed, you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.


Study Options

Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies - Single Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 6 units Major or Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units
MEAS1002 Islam : History and Institutions 6 units Major or Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units

Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 6 units Major or Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
MEAS1002 Islam : History and Institutions 6 units Major or Minor 1000 leve Course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact students.CASS@anu.edu.au

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