Bachelor of Arts in Dhivehi Language and History

Bachelor of Arts in Dhivehi Language and History offers students a unique opportunity to understand the social, cultural and political dimensions of Maldivian society through critical analysis of our language and history.

It offers a new perspective to examine Maldivian language and history within the global context, to acquire an advanced and sophisticated understanding of the subject area. The rich and complex relations between our language, history and culture are explored in relation to other cultures.

The programme embodies valuable practical skills to engage students in the field of study, enabling them to undertake simple research in language and history, and carry out tasks in documenting history.

Entry Requirement:

  • 2 passes E or above at GCE A’Level & 3 passes C or above at GCE O’Level / SSC ; OR

  • A relevant Foundation programme equivalent to Certificate 4 


Course Fee: MVR 2999 per installment x 6

Total Number of Semesters: 6

MNQF Level: Level 7

Certificate Awarding Body: Villa College


Programme Structure


Year 1

  • Introduction to Society and Culture
  • Maldivian Culture and Language in Time
  • English I
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Dhivehi Grammar
  • Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to World History
  • Islamic History and Civilization: Knowledge, Power and Politics


Year 2

  • Islamic Studies
  • Literary Criticism
  • Research Methods
  • Morphology and Syntax
  • Semantics, Discourse and Pragmatics
  • Public Speaking
  • Maldives to 1400
  • Dhivehi Literature: Novels and Poetry


Year 3

  • Maldives from 1400 to 1900
  • Dhivehi Literature: Drama
  • Linguistic Analysis of Dhivehi Language
  • Maldives from 1900
  • Political History of the Maldives
  • Documenting History
  • Project