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    The American University in Cairo
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Course Prefix Identification and coding rational


Courses are identified by a prefix, which refers to the department offering the course, a four-digit number, a decimal point, and a two-digit number indicating the section number. Not all departmental prefixes represent fields in which a degree is offered; some represent minors and others only courses. This system is consistent across the university.

• 1000-level courses are intended for Freshmen (full-time, credit-earning students in their first year of coursework at AUC).
• 2000-level courses are intended primarily for Sophomore students.
• 3000-level courses are normally designed for Juniors.
• 4000-level courses are designated for Seniors, although superior students of Sophomore or Junior standing may be admitted with permission of the department offering the course.
• 5000 and 6000-level courses are designed and intended for graduate and post-graduate students.

However, when the 5000-level courses have 1 as the second digit, (i.e. 51XX) this indicates that the course may be taken by advanced (Senior and, in exceptional cases approved by the instructor, Junior level) undergraduate students as well. The same applies to 6000-level courses, which are generally intended for PhD level students. When 6000-level courses have 1 as the second digit (i.e. 61XX), this indicates that the course may be taken by advanced Masters-level students as well.

The second, third, and fourth digits are used by individual departments and programs to indicate the subarea, concentration or specialization within a degree offered, or proper sequence of courses within a particular subarea.

Courses ranging from 52XX-59XX are open to graduate students; however, a senior student who has a B average may take two graduate courses, not exceeding six credits, either for graduate credit or for completion of requirements for the bachelor’s degree. In this case the chair of the department concerned must notify the registrar’s office.

The departmental prefixes used in labeling courses are given below:

Schools/Departments   PREFIX   Descriptive
         
Core Curriculum  

CORE
SEMR

 

Core Curriculum
Seminar

Graduate School of Education   EDUC   Education
The Academy of Liberal Arts        

Department of Arabic Language Instruction

  ALNG
ALIN 
ALIS
ALWT
AIAS
  Arabic Language Credit Courses
Arabic Language Intensive
Arabic Language Intensive Summer
Arabic Writing Courses
Center for Advanced Arabic Studies in Cairo

Department of English Language Instruction

  ELIN
ENGL
  Intensive English
English

Department of Rhetoric and Composition

  RHET   Rhetoric and Composition
Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies   GREN   Sustainable Development
School of Business        

Department of Accounting

  ACCT   Accounting

Department of Economics

  ECON   Economics

Department of Management

 

ENTR
FINC
INTB
MGMT
MKTG
MOIS
OPMG

 

Entrepreneurship
Finance
International Business
Management
Marketing
Management of Information Systems
Operations Management

Executive Master in Business Administration Program

  EMBA   Executive Master in Business Administration
School of Global Affairs and Public Policy        

Department of Journalism & Mass Communication

  JRMC   Journalism and Mass Communication

Department of Law

  LAW   Law

Department of Public Policy and Administration

  PPAD   Public Policy and Administration

Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

  MRS   Migration and Refugee Studies

The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies

  GWST   Gender and Women’s’ Studies

Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism

  TVDJ   Television and Digital Journalism

Middle East Studies Program

  MEST   Middle East Studies

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research

 

AMST

 

American Studies

School of Humanities and Social Sciences        

Department of Applied Linguistics

 

LING
APLN

 

Linguistics
Applied Linguistics

Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations

  ARIC   Arab and Islamic Civilizations
    TRST   Translation

Department of the Arts

  ARTV
DSGN
MUSC
FILM
THTR
  Visual Arts
Graphic Design
Music
Film
Theatre

Department of English & Comparative Literature

  ECLT   English and Comparative Literature

Department of History

 

HIST
CREL

  History
Comparative Religion

Department of Philosophy

  PHIL   Philosophy

Department of Political Science

  POLS   Political Science

Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology

  ANTH
EGPT
SOC
SOC/ANTH
  Anthropology
Egyptology
Sociology
Anthropology/Sociology
          Department of Psychology   PSYC   Psychology

European Studies

  EUST   European Studies

School of Sciences and Engineering

       

Department of Architectural Engineering

Department of Biology

 

ARCH

BIOL

 

Architectural Engineering

Biology

Department of Chemistry

  CHEM
SCI
  Chemistry
Science

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  CSCE   Computer Science and Engineering

Department of Construction Engineering

 

CENG

 

Construction Engineering

Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering

  ECNG   Electronics and Communications Engineering

Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

  MACT   Mathematics, Actuarial Science

Department of Mechanical Engineering

  MENG   Mechanical Engineering

Department of Petroleum and Energy Engineering

  PENG   Petroleum Engineering

Department of Physics

  PHYS   Physics

Biotechnology Program

  BIOT   Biotechnology

Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program

  All 600 level courses in:
BIOT
CENG
CHEM
CSCE
ECNG
ENVE
MACT
MENG
NANO
PHDE
PHDS
PHDS/PHDE
 


Biotechnology
Construction Engineering
Chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering
Electronics and Communications Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Mathematics and Actuarial Science
Mechanical Engineering
Nanotechnology
Ph.D. in Engineering
Ph.D. in Applied Sciences
Ph.D. in Engineering and Ph.D. in Applied Sciences

Environmental Engineering Program

  ENVE   Environmental Engineering

Nanotechnology Program

  NANO   Nanotechnology

Robotics, Control and Smart Systems Program

  RCSS   Robotics, Control and Smart Systems

Engineering Steering Committee for ENGR Courses

  ENGR   Engineering
Libraries and Learning Technologies   LALT   Libraries and Learning Technology

 

Note Concerning Course Schedules

Most course descriptions indicate the semester that each course is usually offered, but this information is subject to change and some courses are not taught every year. The registrar’s office publishes a detailed schedule of courses offered at the beginning of each semester which contains accurate information on which courses are offered, at what time and by whom they are taught. Please check the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes webpage.

For long-term planning, students should consult their advisers and/or individual departments for help designing their programs of study. Students coming from the United States, especially year-abroad students, should contact the university’s office in New York for current information about specific course offerings.