Arabic Language and Literature


Studying a major in Arabic Language and Literature introduces learners directly to Middle Eastern heritage, to Islamic sources, and to the contemporary culture and media of the Arab world. This major provides practical language skills for students with no learning experience of Arabic and for students who can already read and write Arabic, seeks to develop their writing and translation skills.

Major outline

A major in Arabic Language and Literature requires at least senior 36 credit points including at least 24 from Language units of study and 12 from culture units of study and at least 12 credit points at 3000 level.

Junior units of study:
If you have little or no previous knowledge of the Arabic language you will complete 12 junior credit points in Arabic language units of study, these are coded ARBC.

You also complete 12 junior credit points of Arabic and Islamic culture units, these are coded ARIS.

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 language units of study including at least 12 credit points at senior-advanced (3000 level). You will also complete at least 12 credit points of senior culture units of study.

If you have previous experience with Arabic language you may be able to commence at a higher level. You should contact the Department to help determine the best place to start.

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

Arab World, Islam and the Middle East

Our courses that offer this major

Not available in 2014