BA Turkish (combined)

General

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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


At SOAS the study of Turkish can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. All combined-honours degrees in Turkish are four-year programmes that expose students to at least three years of intensive study of Turkish language and literature.

May be combined with:

  • Arabic, TR69 BA/TUA
  • Development Studies, LTX6 BA/TUDVS
  • Economics, LTC6 BA/TUEC
  • French*,
  • History, TVP1 BA/TUH
  • History of Art/Archaeology, VTH6 BA/HAATurk
  • International Relations, LTFP BA/IRTu
  • Law, MTC6 BA/TULW
  • Linguistics, QTC6 BA/LGTU
  • Persian, T661 BA/TUP ( + Compulsory Year Abroad which is split between 2 countries)
  • Politics, LTF6 BA/TUPOL
  • Social Anthropology, LTP6 BA/TUSA
  • Study of Religions, VT66 BA/TUSR

* Taught at University College, London (Apply to UCL only)
** Taught at King's College, London
*** Taught at Birkbeck College, London
# Taught at King's College, London (Apply to KCL only)

Employment

As a graduate who specialised in Turkish, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of the region, or to make a comparative study with other areas. The study of Turkish may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant departmental page.

Graduates have found employment in the Foreign Office, in education, the media with the BBC or the Turkish Radio station, in the press, in multinational business companies. Others have chosen non-governmental organisations such as Amnesty International.

Structure

BA Turkish and Another Subject is a 4-year degree that gives students the opportunity to study the language of Turkey and the Ottoman empire ab initio to advanced levels in four years and to learn about the culture and literary traditions of Turkey and the Ottoman world, in parallel with either another language, such as Arabic or Persian, or a discipline that will give them a broader context of, for example, the History of Art and Archaeology, Religions and Philosophies, History, Politics, Music, Law, Economics and Anthropology of the region.

The programme structure varies depending on whether Turkish is combined with another language or discipline.

BA Turkish and another Discipline

When combined with a discipline, students normally take an equal number of modules in both named subjects while at SOAS but they have the option of taking only 30 credits in Turkish and 90 credits in the discipline in the final year.

Year 1 students begin with the Intensive Modern Turkish Language module (60 credits) and take two other modules in their second subject (discipline).

Year 2 students continue with the study of the Turkish language and take either Ottoman or a literature module in addition to two modules in their other subject.

Year 3 is the Year Abroad at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, where students continue the study of Turkish while also taking advantage of the wide range of courses in different disciplines.

In Year 4 students consolidate their Turkish proficiency by taking the Advanced Translation module and EITHER take an additional 30 credits from a list of modules related to Turkish and 60 credits from their second subject or take 90 credits from their second subject.

BA Arabic and Turkish

In Year 1, students begin with Arabic 1 Intensive and take the module Literature of the NME.

In Year 2, students continue with Arabic and begin Turkish (Intensive Modern Turkish). They take another unit in Arabic.

Year 3 is the Year Abroad, with one semester in Jordan and the other semester in Turkey.

In Year 4 students take Arabic 4 and Advanced Turkish (or Advanced Translation if their level allows it), another 30 or 60 credits from Turkish or Arabic-related courses.

BA Turkish and Persian

Structure (for students who will start from September 2020 onwards)

Year 1 - Students without previous knowledge of Turkish

Core Module

  • Elementary Written Turkish A
  • Elementary Written Turkish B

Compulsory Module

  • Literatures of the Near and Middle East

Second Subject

Students take 60 credits in their Second Subject.

Year 1 - Students with some previous knowledge of Turkish

Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

  • Ottoman Turkish Language

Compulsory Module

  • Literatures of the Near and Middle East

or

Choose module(s) to the value of 30 credits from the department-wide introductory modules available.

and

Second Subject

Choose module(s) to the value of 60 Credits from the second subject.

Year 2

Core Module

  • Turkish 2

Compulsory Modules

Choose one of the following modules:

  • Ottoman Turkish Language
  • Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation)

Second Subject

Students take 60 credits in their Second Subject.

Year 3: Year Abroad

Students spend the whole year at Boğaziçi University if the second subject is a discipline and one semester if Turkish is combined with another language. Their students are expected to attend a minimum of four modules each semester and are required to sit the local examinations.

Year 4

Compulsory Module

  • Advanced Turkish/English/Turkish Translation

plus

Compulsory Module

A module from List A, B2, B3 or C to the value of 30 credits.

or

A module(s) to the value of 30 credits from the second subject (Only if year abroad was spent in Turkey).

plus

A module(s) to the value of 60 credits in the second subject.

List of modules (subject to availability)

List A: Turkish modules

  • Ottoman Turkish Language 155900549 30 Full Year
  • Twentieth Century Turkish Literature 155901405 30 Full Year
  • Classical Ottoman Literature 155900744 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
  • Independent Study Project (Turkish Literature) 155901052 30 Full Year
  • Extended Essay in Turkish Studies a 155901340 15 Term 1
  • Extended Essay in Turkish Studies b 155901341 15 Term 1

List B1: Introductory modules in Turkish and Middle Eastern-related modules

Before selecting a module, student's must first check that the module is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

  • Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
    • Introduction to Arabic Culture
  • Department of History
    • H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East
  • Department of the Study of Religions
    • R130 Islam: Religion and Rationality
    • R170 Introduction to the Religions of East and Central Asia
  • Department of the History of Art and Archaeology
    • Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East
  • Department of Politics and International Studies
    • States, people, and power in Asia and Africa

List B2: Intermediate modules in Turkish and Middle Eastern-related modules

Some modules require successful attendance of a relevant introductory module; students are advised to check the relevant module descriptions for prerequisites and consult the relevant convenor before selecting modules.

  • Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
    • Classical Persian Poetry
  • Department of History
    • H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East
    • H241 The Middle East in the Period of the Crusades, 1050-1291
    • H247 Medieval Iran: Nomads, Settlers and Dynasts
    • H246 Cities of Paradise and Empire
  • Department of the Study of Religions
    • R480 Christianity in the Middle East: Historic and Modern Dynamics
    • Minority Religions in the Modern Middle East
    • Messianic Movements in Muslim History
    • Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity
    • Islam in Britain
  • Department of the History of Art and Archaeology
    • Islamic Art and Architecture of Medieval Iran and Central Asia (10th-13th centuries)
    • Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries)
    • Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World
    • Islamic Art Theories and Aesthetics
    • Mughal Arts: Sound, Text, and Image
  • Department of Music
    • Music, Religion and Society in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Department of Politics and International Studies
    • Issues in Turkish Politics
    • Government and politics of the Middle East
    • International Relations of the Middle East
  • School of Law
    • Islamic Law

List B3: Advanced modules in Middle Eastern history, politics and economics

Some modules require successful attendance of a relevant introductory module; students are advised to check the relevant module descriptions for prerequisites and consult the relevant convenor before selecting modules.

  • Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
    • Politics and Aesthetics in Modern Arabic Literature
    • Reading Classical Arabic historians
    • Modern Persian Poetry
    • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1
    • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2
  • Department of History
    • H343 Reform, Resistance and Revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876-1909 (I)
  • Department of Politics and International Studies
    • Islam and Democracy
  • Department of Economics

List C: Optional language modules

  • Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
    • Arabic 100 A
    • Arabic 100 B
    • Arabic 200
    • Arabic 300
    • Arabic 400
    • Arabic 600
    • Elementary Persian Texts
    • Intermediate Persian Language
    • Persian 3
    • Hebrew 2
    • Hebrew 4

Intercollegiate language modules

Please, contacts us for more details on intercollegiate modules in Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Croatian, Hungarian and Romanian.

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: A good pass in a foreign language at A-level, or equivalent, is preferred.
  • A-Levels: AAB-ABB A-Level language preferred
    IB: 35 (665 at HL)
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited to for an interview.

Alternative entry requirements

  • BTEC: DDM
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated October 2019

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