Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

The Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (BMECAS) at ANU takes you through the topics, debates and developments in the Middle East and Central Asia. The history, politics, culture, and economic resources of the Middle East and Central Asia influence many parts of the world, including Australia. Events in the region often have global significance, and are central to an understanding of a number of key issues in international affairs.

This program also enables you to study the role of religion and the languages of these regions. You will be given the opportunity to learn Turkish, Persian or Arabic.

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies at ANU

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies students learn to:

  • Discern socio-cultural, historical and political structures of the Middle East and Central Asia
  • Define and analyse the global implications of events and developments in the Middle East and Central Asia
  • Understand the role of economic modernisation and themes relevant to regional security
  • Communicate in a Middle Eastern or Central Asian language.

You will also learn from leading researchers with classes taught by teachers of international standing. The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (the Middle East and Central Asia) is Australia’s premier centre for studies in this field, with many links to major counterparts in the Arab and Muslim world. The Centre integrates the study of Middle Eastern and Central Asian contemporary politics, history, culture, political economy, and the role of Islam within the broader framework of the changing global order.

Flexible double degree

The Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies can be combined with degrees in Arts, Social Sciences, Law, Business or Science as part of the ANU flexible double degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see anu.edu.au/study/study-options/flexible-double.

Study overseas

Many students in the Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies undertake an internship during their degree. Language students may have the opportunity to include in-country courses as part of their studies.

Further studies

Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies students can undertake an honours year within the programme. There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study including coursework and research at the Masters level.

Career opportunities

The Middle East and Central Asia is an important region in world finance, trade, tourism, and politics. In the Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, you will learn the complexities of the region while being able to communicate effectively in a relevant language. Many companies and organisations value the skills you will learn such as the ability to think clearly and analytically while also having an in-depth knowledge of the region. Graduates may find work in policy making, foreign affairs, government, private business, tourism, trade, journalism and many other fields.

First Semester 2019 commencement – Undergraduate International

Due to high demand for our programs, applications direct to ANU for commencement in First Semester 2019 (February intake) are now closed.

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