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:
- Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped the Middle East and Central Asia
- Identify and critique the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of the Middle East and Central Asia
- Analyse current debates relating to regional cooperation and unity in the context of tensions in traditions
- Analyse the global significance of events and developments in the Middle East and Central Asia
- 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.
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.