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 East and Central Asia, predominately Muslim States and Societies, are rich in history, geographical wonders, political turmoil, and socio-cultural influence. The Middle East ranges from Turkey and Iran in West Asia to the Arab heartland as far as Morocco in North Africa. Central Asia is comprised of Afghanistan and the former Muslim republics of the Soviet.

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. There is also the opportunity to undertake a highly competitive research project through the Australian National Internships Program (ANIP).

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped the Middle East and Central Asia,

  2. Identify and critique the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of the Middle East and Central Asia,

  3. Analyse current debates relating to regional cooperation and unity in the context of tensions in traditions,

  4. Analyse the global significance of events and developments in the Middle East and Central Asia, and

  5. Communicate in a Middle Eastern or Central Asian language. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

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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

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR 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:
28

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 5 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further 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
$40,416.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply 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:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 
MEAS1002 Islam: History and Institutions 
MEAS3001 Gallipoli: History and National Imagination 
MEAS3002 Gender and Culture in Iran and the Middle East

24 units from completion of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies courses from the following list:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A
BUSI2024 Dynamics of Business in the Middle East
MEAS2000 Iranian History and Culture
MEAS2001 New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security
MEAS2002 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey
MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Culture and Regional Relations
MEAS2004 Turkish Politics and Foreign Policy
MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East
POLS2031 Politics in the Middle East
POLS2069 Politics in Russia
POLS2070 Politics in Central Asia

Either:

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

Arabic
Persian

Or:

24 units from completion of one of the following language minors 

Arabic
Persian
 

24 units from completion of one of the following:

an in-country study abroad component/exchange in the same language as the minor
an internship undertaken in the same language as the minor
 

Or:

24 units from completion of one of the following advanced language minors: 

Advanced Arabic Minor
Advanced Persian Minor
 

24 units from completion of courses from the following majors, minors and courses:

Advanced Arabic Minor
Advanced Persian Minor
ANU Leadership and Research Minor
Applied Linguistics Minor
Arabic Major
Asian Studies Major
Comparative Politics Minor
Forensic Linguistics Minor
History Major
Human Rights Major
International Communication Major
International Relations Major
Linguistics Major
Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Major
Persian Major
Political Science Major
Political Theory Minor
Russian Minor
Social Research Methods Minor
TURK1001 Elementary Turkish A
TURK1002 Elementary Turkish B
 

 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

 

Honours

For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Honours)

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 MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
MEAS1002 Islam : History and Institutions 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Course 6 units Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Course 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
- Internship/Exchange 24 units - -
Year 3 48 units MEAS3001 Gallipoli: History and National Imagination 6 units Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
MEAS3002 Gender and Culture in Iran and the Middle East 6 units Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Course 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units

Single degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1005 towards the International Relations Major and the Human Rights Major.

For the Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies you will need to complete:

  • Four compulsory courses (24 units)
  • Four Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Courses from the designated list (24 units)
  • One language major from the designated list (48 units)
    or
    One language minor from the designated list (24 units) and an exchange/internship (24 units)
    or
    One advanced language minor from the designated list (24 units) and four courses from the designated list of majors, minors and courses (24 units)    
  • Eight electives from across the ANU (48 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your program.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Double degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Double Degree program consists of 96 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. During each semester you are likely to take two courses from your Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies degree and another two courses from the other half of your double degree – making up a total of four courses per semester.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1005 towards the International Relations Major and the Human Rights Major.

You will need to complete:

  • Four compulsory courses (24 units)
  • Four Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Courses from the designated list (24 units)
  • One language major from the designated list (48 units)
    or
    One language minor from the designated list (24 units) and an exchange/internship (24 units)
    or
    One advanced language minor from the designated list (24 units) and four courses from the designated list of majors, minors and courses (24 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Enrolment Status

While it is possible for domestic students to enrol in fewer than four 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.

First year students are not permitted to study more than four courses (24 units) per semester.

If you are beginning your program in Semester 1, you should enrol for all your courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 courses for full time), so that you can plan your study year.

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. Whilst it is important to take 1000-level courses in your first year (so that you can meet the pre-requisites for later year courses) they also can be taken later in your program.

You can only count a maximum of 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 Studies half of the double degree.

In your first year you need to enrol in:

  • Following compulsory courses:
    • MEAS1001 – Introduction to the Modern Middle East (First Semester)
    • MEAS1002 – Islam: History and Institutions (Second Semester)
  • Language major or minor courses
  • Elective courses for students undertaking the single degree.

Electives

For students in the single degree, your electives (48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU) can be additional courses from your discipline (including the option of a major or minor) or courses from another ANU College.  If you have an interest in another discipline such as management, psychology or mathematics, then you should explore first year courses in these areas. In particular look at the majors and minors in these areas.  These will give you an idea of the first year courses you can study.

If you are interested in undertaking a language and have prior knowledge/experience with that language you may need to undertake a placement test – you should check with the relevant language area for further details.




Study Options

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

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