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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

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:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 

MEAS1002 Islam: History and Institutions 


12 units from the completion of two courses from the following list:

MEAS3003 Critical Perspectives on Arabic culture

MEAS3004 Iran in World Politics

POLS3070 Politics in Central Asia


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

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program 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

MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Politics and Culture 

MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East

MEAS2004 Turkish Politics and Foreign Policy

MEAS2005 Gender and Culture in Iran and the Middle East

MEAS2006 Gallipoli: A transnational history

MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East

MEAS3005 Modern Iraq: State, Politics and Society 

MEAS3006 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey

MEAS3007 Syria in the Levant: State, Society, and the Current Turmoil

MEAS3008 Egypt: Social and Political Dynamics

POLS2031 Politics in the Middle East

POLS2069 Politics in Russia


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 History Minor

Asian Studies Major

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

Russian and Central Asian Minor

Russian Minor

Social Research Methods Minor


48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

 

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 Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
MEAS3002 Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Course 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.

Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

  • Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:
    • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and
    • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:
    • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:
    • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:

International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here. Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

Diversity factors & English language proficiency  
As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission

ATAR:
80
International Baccalaureate:
29

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please 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
$45,360.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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.

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.

The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) at ANU is the only academic institution in Australia to offer the Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies. The courses offered are interdisciplinary, drawing from international relations, sociology, history, political economy, security, cultural studies and cognate disciplines. The breadth of disciplines and approaches used in CAIS’s teaching offers a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the Middle East and Central Asia regions. 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

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Employment Opportunities

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

Learning Outcomes

  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. 

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirement is currently not available for this program

Further Information

Students enrolled in BMECA will be assigned an academic mentor from the pool of academic staff at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies. The mentoring program ensures that academic support is provided to every student enrolled in the program. It is designed to provide academic support to BMECA students and include them in CAIS’ intellectual community through academic and social gatherings. This is an optional form of assistance and students can opt out at any point of their degree.

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Course selection

Enrolling for the first time can seem like a big task. Below, you will find an example enrolment pattern for your first year of study. 

 There are a few items to note:

  • Courses coded in the 1000 range are appropriate for first-year students. We strongly recommend that students new to tertiary study enrol in first-year courses during their first semester. 
  • We recommend you start a CASS Program Plan. This is a way to track how the courses you take fit within the overall structure of your degree and will help you pick your later year courses.
  • The tables below represent only one possible combination. You are welcome to pick and choose from any other 1000-coded course found under the “Study Tab”. 
  • The tables below assume you are new to tertiary study and ineligible for course credit. 
  • A step-by-step guide on how to enrol in courses is available on the Enrol for the First time webpage.

 

Single degree

Students starting in Semester 1–single degree Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, example

Semester 1

MEAS1001

ARABIC or PERSIAN major

Elective

Elective

Semester 2

MEAS1002

ARABIC or PERSIAN major

Elective

Elective

*If completing ARAB-MAJ

 Students starting in Semester 2– single degree Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, example

Semester 2

MEAS1002

24u MECAS course or ELECTIVE

Elective

Elective

Semester 1

MEAS1001

ARABIC or PERSIAN major

Elective

Elective

Other first year courses available: to find all other 1000-level courses, refer to the Catalogue of Programs and Courses. You may refine your selection on the right-hand column of the webpage.


Double degree

Students starting in Semester 1– double degree Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, example

Semester 1

MEAS1001

ARABIC or PERSIAN major

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 2

MEAS1002

ARABIC or PERSIAN major

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

*If completing ARAB-MAJ

Students starting in Semester 2– double degree Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, example

Semester 2

MEAS1002

24u MECAS course or Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 1

MEAS1001

ARABIC or PERSIAN major

Course from other degree

Course from other degree


Enrolment Status




Electives





Study Options

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 6 units ARABIC or PERSIAN major Elective Elective
MEAS1002 Islam : History and Institutions 6 units ARABIC or PERSIAN major Elective Elective

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 6 units ARABIC or PERSIAN major Course from other degree Course from other degree
MEAS1002 ARABIC or PERSIAN major Course from other degree Course from other degree

Academic Advice

Course credit

If you have undertaken previous study that is relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit. For more information and how to apply, see the CASS credit application webpage, or contact the CASS Student Office.

Other important information for new students

Please refer to the New students page. You will find all the information you require to activate your ANU email account, enrol into courses and our O week details.  

 Need help?

If you would like further information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the Student Office. We offer appointments, and you can reach us at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

You can also check out our in person opening hours and location on the CASS Student Office webpage.

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