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Academic Organization


School of Business, Economics and Communication

The School of Business, Economics and Communication consists of three departements,

which offer the following programs:

1. Departement of Economics

    Bachelor of arts 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 and photographic journalism

    Masters 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

    Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

    Masters of Public Administration (MPA)

    Graduate diploma in Management

    Professional diploma in Hospitality 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 Islamic art and architecture

    Bachelor of arts in Arabic Studies with specialization in Arabic language and literature and in Middle Eastern history

    Master of arts in Arabic Studies with specializations in Islamic art and architecture, 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

    Master of arts in English and Comparative Literature.

    The Freshman Writing Program

3. Department of History

    Bachelor of arts in Modern History

4. Department of Performing and Visual Arts

    Bachelor of arts in Theatre and expanded coursework in music, art, and film

5. Department of Political Science

    Bachelor of arts in Political Science

    Master of arts in Political Science with specialization in comparative politics, professional development and international relations

    Graduate diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies

    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

    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

    Master of arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

    Graduate diploma in TEFL

    Intensive English Language Instruction to incoming undergraduate and graduate students, who are non-native speakers of English

9. Middle East Studies Program

    Master of arts in Middle East studies

    Graduate diploma in Middle East studies

School of Sciences and Engineering

1. Department of Computer Science

    Bachelor of science in Computer Science

    Master of science in Computer Science

2. Department of Engineering

    Bachelor of science in Construction Engineering

    Bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering with specializations in materials and manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, and design.

    Master of science in Engineering

    Graduate diploma in Engineering

    Training programs for practicing engineers and technical services to local industry

3. Department of Science

    Bachelor of science in Biology

    Bachelor of science in Chemistry

    Bachelor of science in Mathematics

    Bachelor of science in Physics

    Master of science in Physics

Research Centers

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

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

The Library

Dean: S. El Sawy

Associate Dean: R. Monical

Directors: M. Allen, P.Croom, A. Nosseir, M. Plettner

Senior Librarians: S. Clark, J. Coblentz, E. Cooper, F. Marei, L. Moftah, H. El Ridi, N. Sidawy, J. Spencer, J. Tovell, L. Tweddle, H. Yaghmour, N. Youssif

The AUC Libraries, which include the Main Library and the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, provides the academic community with one of the largest English language research collections in Egypt. The AUC Library has 300,000 volumes, 2,400 current periodicals subscriptions and over 123,000 microform units, including AUC theses, doctoral dissertations on Egypt, and other documents. The Library also provides electronic access to approximately 70 databases, many containing full-text periodical articles. The Library is a RLG member and uses Ariel to enhance its active document delivery service.

The book collection is organized according to the U.S. Library of Congress classification system, on open stacks accessible to all users. The Library recently migrated to a new automated system with expanding searching capabilities. The new system adds a Web dimension and several features for the remote user. The Library's website address is Http:// Library instruction is offered in all fields to students, faculty, staff and visitors. Classes are held in the Library Instruction Laboratory.

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).

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 AUC archives are also located there. 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.

The Media Services Center are located on the Main and Greek Campus and provide instructional technology and media for academic departments. These are six language laboratories and listening rooms, a focus group facility, a conference room for the practice of simultaneous translation, interactive communication, and oral comprehension exercises. The Centers also operate an audio recording studio, and individual viewing stations offering a wide range of records, slides transparencies, and video programs. Media Services maintains the University Library's non-print collection of films, video tapes, slides and other media. Its technical staff record microteaching demonstrations and other campus activities. Technical assistance and production of audiovisual media and equipment are available to students and faculty.

Academic Computing Services

Director: M. Kaddah

The Academic Computing Services unit (ACS) is responsible for providing computing services to AUC faculty, researchers, and students. These include: providing necessary computing facilities; technical support in areas of software trouble shooting and installation; internet services including training, internet software support, web development and hosting; management of the on-line public access computer labs on AUC campuses; management of licensed software library for campus-wide software installation; assisting faculty and departments in introducing computing into the curricula and in special research projects; providing R&D support services which include technology tracking, joint research projects and specialized training and consulting; information dissemination on computing technology in the form of guides, periodic bulletins and publications; and seminars and workshops on computer literacy and other computing topics of interest, and the library applications developed in-house.

For more information on ACS activities and events, please consult the web site (ACS online) at

University Computing

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 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.

The AUC Press

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 AUC Printshop

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 Bookstore

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 recruiting organizations. Topics covered include super job search, high impact resumes, power interviewing, and your path to graduate study.

Career Exploration

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.

Placement Services

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 Presentations: 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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