Arab World, Islam and the Middle East


A major in the Arab World, Islam and the Middle East combines units of study on Arabic language and literature, with units on Islam and the societies, cultures and politics of the modern Arab world and the Middle East.

Whether you are interested in learning Arabic for basic communication skills, or in order to use it effectively in business, education, law, health, media, translation or community work, we have appropriate Arabic courses at a range of levels. Studying a combination of units of study in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies will provide you with a strong foundation of expert knowledge of the language, history, politics, society and culture of the Arab world and Islam, and of the Middle East as an important region in the modern world.

Major outline

A major in Arab World, Islam and the Middle East requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 24 from culture units of study (ARIS) and 12 from language units of study (ARBC). At least 12 credit points of these must be taken at 3000 level.

Junior units of study (1000 level):
You take 12 junior credit points from Arabic and Islamic cultural units of study, which are coded ARIS. If you have no previous background in the Arabic language you will also take 12 junior credit points of Arabic language, which are coded ARBC.

If you have an existing competency in Arabic you should consult the department to determine which level you should begin at.

Senior units of study (2000 and 3000 level):
At senior level you complete at least 24 credit points of senior (2000 and 3000 level) of cultural units of study including at least 12 credit points at senior-advanced (3000 level). You also complete at least 12 credit points of senior Arabic language units of study to complete the major.

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Further study for major

Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Related subject areas

Arabic Language and Literature

Our courses that offer this major

Not available in 2014