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Syriac studies is the study of Syriac language and Syriac Christianity. A specialist in Syriac studies is known as a Syriacist. Specifically, British, French, and German scholars of the 18th and 19th centuries who were involved in the study of Syriac/Aramaic language and literature were commonly known by this designation, at a time when Syriac was little understood outside Assyrian/Syriac communities. In Germany the field of study is distinguished between Aramaistik(Aramaic studies) und Neuaramaistik (Syriac studies).
At universities Syriac studies are mostly incorporated into a more general field of studies, such as Eastern Christianity, Aramaic studies, Eastern Christianity, or Semitic Studies . Most students learn the Syriac language within a biblical studies program.
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