Bachelor of Arts - Islamic Studies Major



Delivery ModeOn campus
Duration 3F / 6P
UAC Code720510 [Bankstown]
Entrance Rank70.00 ATAR [Bankstown]
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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

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Delivery ModeOn campus
Course Code1706.3 [CRICOS Code 040992A] 
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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

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In the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Islamic Studies you will engage in interdisciplinary study essential to an understanding of Islam, past and present. The area of study balances historical and modern Islamic studies and research methods. One of the keys to Islamic Studies is 'relevance' to contemporary Australian society, but relevance can only come from a sound comprehension of past traditions in Islamic scholarship and their socio-historical contexts.

Preparation for graduate study is also a key objective of this program, with its focus on developing critical and interdisciplinary research skills through a combination of approaches.


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Career Opportunities for the Bachelor of Arts - Islamic Studies Major

Islamic community development officer

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Islamic Studies, you will be prepared to work in a range of areas where specialist Islamic knowledge is required. Possible job titles and areas include Islamic community development officer, political advisor, foreign affairs, immigration, journalism and primary/ secondary teaching (with further training).

Policy advisor

Policy advisors make educated recommendations and propose government policies in particular areas. The role involves strategy and critical engagement with social trends. A specialisation in Islamic affairs means you can successfully represent Islamic interests in government.

Foreign affairs

Diplomats and foreign ministers serve as representatives of their governments and work to protect the interests of their country. Careers in foreign affairs involve persuasive and fair conversation,critical analysis and advising of policies, cultural engagement and extensive travel. Specialiation in Islamic communities increases understanding and communication with particular countries.


 Work in immigration is part of the state and federal governments. It involves the processing of visas, reviewing immigration laws and assessing potential applicants.


Journalists write about news and current affairs and are critically engaged in cultural and social trends. They can work in television, radio, film and print and have a very influential online presence. Journalists are often experts in particular fields, incuding Islamic interests.


Further study can open the path to educating in both a primary and high school environment, with a specialisation in religious studies.

Academic Profile

Doctor Jan Ali

Dr Jan A. Ali is a Sociologist of Religion (Islam). He holds a joint appointment as a Senior Lecturer in Islam and Modernity in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and as the Community and Research Analyst in the Religion and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. His main sociological focus is on the study of existential Islam. In recent years Jan has been invited by a number of non-government organ…

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How to apply

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