Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professors: S. Altorki, D. Cole, N. S. Hopkins (Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences), C. Nelson, K. Dwyer
Assistant Professors: A. Fabos, M. Peterson
Anthropology is the comparative study of peoples, societies, and cultures in all their variations across time and space. It has roots in the natural and social sciences and in the humanities and is concerned with all aspects of human life. Anthropology addresses the evolution and biological unity of humankind, as well as the changing diversities that characterize human cultures and societies. Anthropology at AUC focuses on cultural and social anthropology. It engages in basic and applied research and in scholarly interpretation and also offers critical, reflexive, and empirical perspectives on past and present societies.
Bachelor of Arts
The undergraduate program aims to present the main themes and trends in cultural and social anthropological thought and practice and thereby to nurture critical, intercultural, and reflexive perspectives as part of liberal education. In so doing, it seeks to foster understanding of the transformation of society and culture in Egypt and the region. The program also prepares students for graduate studies and for living and working in an increasingly complex and changing world.
A student who wishes to declare a major in anthropology should be registered in or have taken ANTH 202. Every student must obtain a C or higher in ANTH 202 in order to continue as a major in anthropology.
Upper-division (300-400 level) courses are normally taken during the junior and senior years. Students must take ANTH 309 and ANTH 311 during the junior year. Students must take ANTH 495 in their last full academic year. Most of the other courses are offered in alternate years and so may be taken in any order. Courses at the 500-level are also open to selected advanced undergraduates.
A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor's degree in anthropology:
Core Curriculum (40 credits)
Students with Thanawiya'Amma art or equivalent background should take BIOL 100 (Introductory Biology); those with Thanawiya ĎAmma science or equivalent must take BIOL 104 (Unity of Life).
Concentration Requirements (39 credits)