School of Business, Economics and Communication
The School of Business, Economics and Communication consists of three departments,
which offer the following programs:
1. Department of Economics
Bachelor of arts in Economics
Minor in Economics
Master of arts in Economics
2. Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Bachelor of arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with specialization in Broadcast Journalism, Integrated Marketing Communication, Journalism
Minor in Journalism and Mass Communication
Master of arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with specialization option in television journalism
Non-degree training programs in television journalism
3. Department of Management
Bachelor of arts in Accounting
Bachelor of arts in Business Administration
Minor in Accounting
Minor in Business Administration
Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
Masters of Public Administration (MPA)
Graduate diploma in Management
Professional non-degree executive training, consulting, research and advisory services
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The school of Humanities and Social Sciences consists of six departments, two institutes and an interdisciplinary program, which offer the following programs:
1. Department of Arabic Studies
Bachelor of arts in Arabic Studies with specialization in Arabic literature or in Middle Eastern History
Minor in Arab-Islamic Civilization
Minor in Arabic Literature
Minor in Classical/Medieval Islamic History
Minor in Islamic Art & Architecture
Minor in Islamic Studies
Master of arts in Arabic Studies with specializations in Islamic art and architecture, Arabic language and literature, and Middle Eastern history
Graduate diploma in Islamic Studies
2. Department of English and Comparative Literature
Bachelor of arts in English and Comparative Literature
Bachelor of arts in Philosophy
Minor in English and Comparative Literature
Minor in Philosophy
The Writing Program
Master of arts in English and Comparative Literature
3. Department of History
- Bachelor of arts in Modern History
- Minor in European-World History
- Minor in Modern History
- Minor in Modern Middle Eastern History
- Minor in United States History
4. Department of Performing and Visual Arts
Bachelor of arts in Theatre
Bachelor of arts in Art
Minor in Art
Minor in Film
Minor in Music
Minor in Theatre
5. Department of Political Science
Bachelor of arts in Political Science with specialization in International Relations, Political Economy, Public & International Law or Middle East Politics
Minor in International Relations
Minor in Middle East Politics
Minor in Political Economy
Minor in Political Science
Master of arts in Political Science with specialization in Comparative Politics, Professional Development, International Relations, or International Human Rights Law
Graduate diploma in Political Science
6. Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology
Bachelor of arts in Sociology
Bachelor of arts in Anthropology
Bachelor of arts in Psychology
Bachelor of arts in Egyptology
Minor in Anthropology
Minor in Development Studies
Minor in Egyptology
Minor in Psychology
Minor in Sociology
Master of arts in Sociology/Anthropology
7. Arabic Language Institute
Non-degree intensive Arabic Language Instruction
Arabic Language instruction for the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program
Courses in the Arabic language for undergraduate credit
Master of arts in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)
Graduate diploma in TAFL
8. English Language Institute
- Minor in Linguistics
- Intensive English Language Instruction to incoming undergraduate and graduate students, who are non-native speakers of English
- Master of arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
- Graduate diploma in TEFL
9.African Studies Program
Minor in African Studies
10. American Studies Program
Minor in American Studies
11. European Studies Program
Graduate diploma in European Studies
12. Forced Migration & Refugee Studies Program
Graduate diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies
13. Gender Studies Program
Minor in Gender Studies
14. Middle East Studies Program
Bachelor of arts in Middle East Studies
Master of arts in Middle East studies
Graduate diploma in Middle East studies
School of Sciences and Engineering
1.Department of Biology
Bachelor of science in Biology
Minor in Biology
Minor in Environmental Science
2. Department of Chemistry
Bachelor of science in Chemistry, with a Specialization in Clinical Analysis
Minor in Chemistry
Minor in Archeological Chemistry
General Science Courses
3. Department of Computer Science
Bachelor of science in Computer Science
Minor in Computer Science
Master of science in Computer Science
4. Department of Construction Engineering
Bachelor of science in Construction Engineering
5. Department of Electronics Engineering (under development)
Bachelor of science in Electronics Engineering
6. Department of Mathematics
Bachelor of science in Mathematics, with an option in Applied Probability and Statistics
Minor in Mathematics
Minor in Applied Probability and Statistics
7. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering, with specializations in materials and manufacturing, design and industrial engineering
8. Department of Physics
Bachelor of science in Physics, with an option in Electronics
Minor in Physics
Minor in Electronics
Master of science in Physics
9. Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs
Undergraduate general Engineering courses
Master of Science in Engineering, with options in Construction Engineering, Design, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Materials and Manufacturing
Graduate Diploma in Engineering
Training programs for practicing Engineers
The university has the following research centers. For more details, see section on Research.
1. Social Research Center
2. Desert Development Center
3. Arabic Studies Bio-bibliographical Research Unit
4.Institute for Gender & Women's Studies
Research Support Offices
The university supports research through the following offices. For more details, see section on Research.
1.Office of Graduate Studies and Research
2.Office of Sponsored Programs
3.Office of African Studies.
Academic Support Services
Libraries and Learning Technologies
Dean: S. El Sawy
Associate Dean: R. Monical
AUC Libraries and Learning Technologies consists of the AUC Libraries (Main and the Rare Books and Special Collections Library), Academic Computing Services, AUC Web and Media Services Center.
Directors: M. Allen, P.Croom, R. Johnston, A. Nosseir, M. Plettner
Senior Librarians: J. Coblentz, E. Cooper, F. Marei, L. Moftah, H. El Ridi, N. Sidawy, J. Spencer, L. Tweddle, H. Yaghmour, N. Youssif
The mission of the AUC Library is to support the instructional and research needs of the AUC community. The Library provides the academic community with one of the largest English language research collections in Egypt. Using the Library of Congress classification system, open stacks and a fully automated catalog system, the Library provides over 297,000 volumes and over 2000 current periodical subscriptions. More than 80 databases provide online access to an additional 6000 periodicals, many in fulltext. Faculty and students are able to access databases and information about the collections and services while in the Library, on campus, or from home. With approximately 90 public access computers currently available, planning is underway to provide laptops and wireless technology for use in the Library. The Library is a Research Library Group (RLG) member and a SHARES participant. The use of Ariel enhances the speed of document delivery from abroad. Library instruction is offered in all fields to students, faculty, staff and visitors.
AUC Libraries are accessible online at: http://lib.aucegypt.edu/
Rare Books and Special Collections Library
Director: P. Croom
Assistant Director: D. Abdel Razek
University Archivist: Vacant
The Rare Books and Special Collections Library was inaugurated in the spring of 1992 in a restored turn-of-the century villa on Sheikh Rihan Street. As a branch of the AUC Library, it operates as a scholarly research facility and a teaching resource center specializing in the civilization of ancient, medieval, and Modern Egypt and the region. The current holdings of over 50,000 books, manuscripts, photographs, slides, maps and plans attract researchers from all over the world. The Rare Books and Special Collections Library also houses the AUC archives. The special collections include the Creswell Library of Islamic Art and Architecture, and the collections of Max Debbane, Selim Hassan, Labib Habachi, Mahmoud Saba, and most recently of Hassan Fathy and Van Leo.
The Rare Books and Special Collections Library is available online at:
The professional library staff participates in ongoing continuing education programs which are supported by the Jesse Duggan Memorial Fund. The Duggan Fund was established in 1985 as a permanent endowment in memory of Jesse Duggan and his many years of service to AUC and the Cairo community as University Librarian (1972-1985).
University Web Manager: K. Coffield
Responsible for the strategic and operational management and promotion of the University Web site. University Web Manager works with the Web Development Committee to establish guidelines, policies and procedures concerning Web content, use and design. In conjunction with the web developers of ACS, the Web Manager coordinates technical support, offers advice and coordination for the design and authoring of Web documents, facilitates requests for assistance and presence on the Web site by AUC departments and individuals.
AUC Web is available online at: http://www.aucegypt.edu/aucweb
Academic Computing Services
Director: M. Kaddah
Associate Director: S. el Kassas
Academic Computing Services (ACS) provides computer services to all AUC faculty, researchers and students. Services include: providing necessary computing facilities, management of public-access computer labs, technical support and training, software installation and trouble-shooting, web development, and support for the use of computing technology in instructional programs. ACS also provides a range of R&D support services including technology tracking and specialized training and consulting. ACS offers workshops and seminars to faculty, staff and students on a regular basis.
Academic Computing Services is available online at: http://www.aucegypt.edu/acs/
Media Services Center
Director: M. S. Allen
The Media Services Center provides instructional technology and media to all academic departments of the University. It provides necessary equipment and maintains a collection of non-print material. The non-print collection includes more than 1,000 videocassettes as well as hundreds of audiocassettes, films, filmstrips and slide and transparencies series. The Center maintains six language laboratories and listening rooms and one conference room for practice of simultaneous translation and oral comprehension exercises. An individual viewing room is also available. Media Services maintains facilities for the production of slides, motion pictures and audio and video recordings. Technical assistance and training in the use of media is available to all faculty and students.
AUC Media Services is available online at: http://lib.aucegypt.edu/screens/media.html
Associate Vice President for Computing: M. S. Akabawy
The computing organization is headed by the associate vice president for computing and reports to the Provost. It is organized in two units, each headed by a Director.
Administrative Computing Services
Director: A. Ramadan
The mission of the Administrative Computing Services unit (AdCS) is to maintain AUC's critical applications for the AUC administration. These include application development, technical resources management and designing and implementing computer literacy and training programs for all staff.
AdCS has installed and currently supports over sixty software products resulting in an automated information system utilized in most major administrative areas. These include:
Financial System (CUFS), Student Information System (SIS-PLUS), Human Resource System (HRS), fund Raising and Alumni (FUNDAL) and Office Automation (OA) applications.
University Network Services
Director: M. S. Akabawy (Acting)
The University Network Services (UNS) unit is responsible for the planning, design, development, operation and management of the university-wide data communications network. These activities include: providing direct access to all computing resources and information servers inside and outside the university, enabling the use of various distributed computing environments within the schools and research centers, configuring and installing the suitable communications/networking software suite on the university wide workstations, offering technical support in the area of network configuration, trouble shooting and correction, providing all data communication activities within AUC, including on campus, off-campus, and remote dial-in services, offering network consulting services for network design, installation, and management for the university constituency, providing physical connectivity and cable installation through its specialized staff; and coordinating, hosting and maintaining the university links to the Worldwide Internet.
The UNS is considered to be the first point of contact for the AUC community for any network access needs, queries and problems, local or remote.
The American University in Cairo Press
Director: Mark Linz
Established in 1960 and recognized in 1984, the AUC Press has become the region's foremost English-language publishing house. Its goals and purposes reflect and support AUC's mission in education, research, and cultural exchange through professional publishing, printing, and bookselling services.
AUC's publishing house is rapidly expanding its program of high quality scholarly, literary, and general interest publications on Egypt and the Middle East, publishing some 40 new books each year and maintaining a backlist of more than 300 titles for worldwide distribution. The Press is proud to be both the primary English-language publisher and the worldwide literary agent of Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz, and to present two annual awards: the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature and the AUC Middle East Studies Award. An Endowment for Scholarly Books and Translations of Arabic Literature was established in 2000.
The AUC Printshop and its Design Center and Copy Centers provide professional design and production services, and assist the AUC Press, the university at large, and other educational institutions in Egypt with the production of books and journals and a wide variety of other printed materials.
The AUC Bookstores supply the university's textbooks and provide Cairo's English-language community with a wide variety of books on Egypt and the Middle East, as well as reference books, modern fiction and nonfiction, guides and gift books.
Career Advising and Placement Services
Director: Maha Guindi
The office of Career Advising and Placement Services (CAPS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) is committed to provide quality service to students, alumni and employers in the areas of career planning and employment through a centralized comprehensive program.
CAPS educates students and alumni for life-long career planning and development. Assistance is provided in identifying career objectives, designing and implementing job search strategies, as well as exploring experiential learning, employment, and post-graduate opportunities.
The office fosters collaborative relationships with faculty, employers and the professional community at large to enhance a mutually beneficial relationship between our constituents. CAPS supports employers' endeavors, primarily in Egypt and the Middle East, in recruiting and developing potential candidates for entry, intermediate and senior-level positions.
CAPS maintains equal opportunity compliance and follows affirmative action principles in conducting its services.
Career Advising Program
The program is designed to support the career planning endeavors of AUC students and alumni in individual and group settings through the following services:
Individual Career Advising: Career advisors are available to counsel students and alumni on career related matters. Advisors assist in identifying different career options and support students in making occupational choices that are compatible with their skills and interests. Peer Career Advisors provide assistance in the areas of career planning, resume writing, and interviewing.
Self-Assessment Tools: The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) are administered by licensed professionals to help students develop a better understanding of their personality types, interests and skills; and accordingly take well-informed career decisions.
Career Development Workshops
Each semester, CAPS conducts a series of workshops which are designed to provide students with the job search skills required for marketing their qualifications to employers. Topics covered include super job search, high impact resumes, power interviewing, and your path to graduate study.
To land satisfactory employment, students are encouraged to research their occupational interests, career options, and employers' information; in addition to acquiring hands-on experience that complements their academic background.
Career Resources Library: To support students' career planning endeavors, CAPS career library hosts a wide variety of general career-related resources and corporate-specific recruiting materials.
CareerMart: In the spring, AUC hosts an annual CareerMart, which allows students to meet with professionals from a variety of disciplines in an informal setting and explore various career fields and relevant career opportunities.
Summer Internship Program: CAPS organizes a summer internship program through which AUC students gain valuable work experience during the summer vacation. Students apply to the internships at the Summer Internship Days held annually in April; a booklet is published to provide information on available internships.
Job Shadowing Program: CAPS helps students explore their career as early as their freshman year. Job Shadowing allows students to shadow a business professional in their field of interest for one or two days to see what a daily routine of that career is really like.
Throughout the year, the placement program provides an interactive communication channel between AUC graduating students and alumni, and employers seeking qualified job candidates. The program includes:
Employment Fairs: Twice a year, AUC hosts local, national and multinational employers in an informal one-day recruiting event in order to promote a productive exchange of career information between employers' representatives and AUC students and alumni seeking professional employment. Details on participating companies and available vacancies are published in an Employment Fair booklet.
Vacancy Announcements: The office publishes a monthly "Job Openings" bulletin listing current employment opportunities communicated to the office. Additional vacant positions are posted weekly on CAPS bulletin boards.
Resume Referral Service: The office maintains a resume data bank for students and alumni engaged in the job search process. The data bank is utilized to refer to the employer the resumes of interested applicants whose qualifications match the company's requests.
On-Campus Corporate Visits: To facilitate the interaction between students and employers, CAPS coordinates on-campus company recruiting visits which include corporate presentations, case study seminars and interviews.
International & Special Academic Programs
Assistant Provost for International Programs: J. Swanson
AUC's Office of International and Special Academic Programs is charged with several tasks. It reviews and maintains administrative oversight with regard to agreements between AUC and external institutions; it monitors academic programs for foreign undergraduate students on campus; it coordinates among the various on-campus bodies and groups that are responsible for these programs; and it assists the Director of Graduate Studies in matters that relate to the needs of foreign graduate students at AUC. The Office of International and Special Academic Programs often provides support and coordination for special lecture series, and programs organized by AUC's faculty.
Among the responsibilities of the Office of International and Special Academic Programs is that of arranging and organizing special academic programs for visiting groups -a responsibility that is shared with the University's Center for Adult and Continuing Education. Many universities and other agencies in the United States organize academically-oriented programs of their own in Egypt, either regularly or on occasion. AUC actively facilitates such programs, whether during the academic year or in the summer sessions. AUC assistance ranges from conducting entire academic and travel programs to joint programs with provision for local administrative services. In recent years such study programs have included Middle East curriculum development, Egyptian or Middle East study tours, and other activities for or with the National Council on U.S-Arab Relations; the U.S. Department of Education; Smithsonian Associates; International Study Tours, N.Y. ("Elderhostel"); and St. Olaf, Drew, Birmingham Southern, and other colleges and universities. AUC plans such programs both for students and for faculty development at university and secondary levels. Universities and other institutions interested in AUC assistance should contact Dr. J. Swanson through the New York office at:
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