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The academic programs of the American University in Cairo are offered by departments and institutes that are administratively housed in three schools. The academic area also includes research centers and support services units.
School of Business, Economics and Communication
The School of Business, Economics and Communication consists of three departments, which offer the following programs:
- Department of Economics
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics
- Minor in Economics
- Master of Arts in Economics
- Master of Arts in Economics in International Development
- Economics Graduate Diploma in International Development
- 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
- Graduate Diploma in Television Journalism
- Non-degree training programs in Television Journalism
- Department of Management
- Bachelor of Accounting (BAC)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with concentrations in Marketing, Finance, Management of Information Systems and General Business.
- Minor in Accounting
- Minor in Business Administration
- Minor in Information Systems
- Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with concentration in Accounting, Finance, International Business, Leadership and Human Resources Management, Management of Information Systems, Marketing and Operations Management
- Masters of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)
- Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Administration (DPPA)
- 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 nine departments, three institutes, once center and three programs, which offer the following programs:
- Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations
- Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Studies with specialization in Arabic literature, Middle Eastern History and Islamic Art and Architecture.
- Minor in Arab and 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
- Department of English and Comparative Literature
- Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature
- Minor in English and Comparative Literature
- Master of Arts in English and Comparative Literature
- Department of History
- Bachelor of Arts in Modern History
- Minor in Modern History
- Minor in Comparative Religion
- Graduate credit courses
- Department of Law
- LL.M. (Masters of Law) in International and Comparative Law
- Master of Arts in International Human Rights Law
- 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
- Department of Philosophy
- Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
- Minor in Philosophy
- 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
- Minor in African Studies
- Master of Arts in Political Science with specialization in Comparative Politics, Professional Development or International Relations
- Graduate Diploma in Political Science
- Department of Rhetoric and Composition
Core Curriculum courses in Rhetoric and Composition Specialized courses in writing and communication Writing Center
- 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 Coptic Studies
- Minor in Development Studies
- Minor in Egyptology
- Minor in Psychology
- Minor in Sociology
- Master of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology
- Arabic Language Institute
- Non-degree intensive Arabic Language Instruction (ALIN)
- Arabic Language instruction for the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program
- Courses in the Arabic language for undergraduate credit (ALNG)
- Master of Arts in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)
- Graduate Diploma in TAFL
- 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
- The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies
- Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies
- Graduate Diploma in Gender and Women’s Studies
- Minor in Gender Studies
- Center for American Studies and Research
- Minor in American Studies
- European Studies Program
- Graduate Diploma in European Studies
- Forced Migration & Refugee Studies Program
- Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies
- 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
The school of Sciences and Engineering consists of nine departments, two programs, two steering committees and one unit which offer the following programs:
- Department of Biology
- Bachelor of Science in Biology
- Minor in Biology
- Minor in Environmental Sciences
- Premedical track courses
- Department of Chemistry
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with a Specialization in Clinical Chemistry & in Industrial Chemistry
- Minor in Chemistry
- Minor in Archaeological Chemistry
- General Science Courses (SCI)
- Department of Computer Science and Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
- Minor in Computer Science
- Master of Science in Computer Science
- Graduate Diploma in Computer Science
- Department of Construction and Architectural Engineering
- Bachelor of science in Construction Engineering
- Bachelor of science in Architectural Engineering
- Minor in Architectural Design
- Master of science in Construction Engineering
- Master of engineering in Construction Engineering
- Department of Electronics Engineering
- Bachelor of science in Electronics Engineering
- Department of Mathematics
- Bachelor of science in Mathematics, with an option in Statistics & Data Analysis
- Bachelor of science in Actuarial Science
- Minor in Mathematics
- Minor in Applied Probability and Statistics
- Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering, with concentrations in materials and manufacturing, design, industrial engineering and mechatronics
- Master of science in Mechanical Engineering with specializations in Design, Industrial Engineering and Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
- Master of engineering in Product Development and Systems Management
- Department of Petroleum and Energy Engineering
- Bachelor of science in Petroleum and Energy Engineering
- Department of Physics
- Bachelor of science in Physics, with an option in Instrumentation
- Minor in Physics
- Minor in Electronics
- Master of science in Physics
- Graduate diploma in Physics
- Biotechnology Program
- Master of science in Biotechnology
- Environmental Engineering Program
- Master of science in Environmental Engineering
- Master of engineering in Environmental Systems Design
- Engineering Steering Committees
- Undergraduate general engineering courses (ENGR)
- Graduate general engineering courses (ENGR)
- Engineering and Science Services
- Training programs for practicing engineers
The university has the following research centers. For more details, see section on Research.
- Social Research Center
- Desert Development Center
- The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies
- Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research
- The Youssef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center
Research Support Offices
The university supports research through the following offices. For more details, see section on Research.
- Office of Graduate Studies and Research
- Office of Sponsored Programs
Academic Support Services
Libraries and Learning Technologies
Dean: S. El Sawy
Associate Dean: R. Johnston
AUC Libraries and Learning Technologies consists of the Libraries (Main Library, and the Rare Books and Special Collections Library), Academic Computing Services, Center for Learning and Teaching and Classroom Technologies and Media Services.
Directors: L. Eid, J. Spencer, L. Tweddle and H. Yaghmour.
Senior Librarians: A. Armstrong, N. Brown, C. Grimmer, R.M. Johnston, H. El Ridi, C. Rueby, N. Sidawy, and N. Youssif
Librarians Emeritae: L.Moftah, A. Nosseir
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 approximately 379,918 volumes, over 1,700 current periodical subscriptions, and 2,404 media items. Electronics resources include over 30,700 e-books and 109 databases. Faculty and students are able to access information about the collections and services, and most of the electronic resources, on or off campus. With approximately 90 public access computers currently available, we also provide 30 wireless enabled laptops for use in the Library. The Library is a member of OCLC, the Research Libraries Group (RLG) and SHARES. The use of Ariel enhances the speed of document delivery from abroad. In addition to the required one hour course for Freshmen, library instruction is offered in all fields to students, faculty, staff and visitors.
AUC Libraries are accessible online at: http://library.aucegypt.edu/
Rare Books & Special Collections Library & University Archives
Director: P. Croom
University Archivist: S. Urgola
Assistant Director for RBSCL Services: D. Abdel Razek
The Rare Books and Special Collections Library was inaugurated in 1992 in a restored turn-of-the century villa on Sheikh Rihan Street. A branch of the AUC Library, it operates as a scholarly research facility and a teaching resource center specializing in the civilizations of ancient, medieval, and modern Egypt and the region. The current holdings of over 35,000 books and extensive collections of manuscripts, photographs, maps, and architectural plans attract researchers from around the world and are used in an active program of exhibitions. Egyptology, Islamic art and architecture, and travel literature represent the strengths of the special book collections, which include those of K.A.C. Creswell, Max Debbane, Selim Hassan, Labib Habachi, and Mahmoud Saba. Major archival collections include the K.A.C. Creswell Photograph Collection of Islamic Art and Architecture, the Van-Leo portrait photograph collection, The Aziza Hussein collection of social and political papers, and the architectural records of Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef. The library also houses the AUC University Archives.
The Rare Books and Special Collections Library is available online at:
Academic Computing Services
Acting Director: S. El Kassas
Acting Associate Directors: Maha Koshairy, Maha Amer
Academic Computing Services (ACS) provides computer services to all AUC faculty, staff, researchers and students. Services include distributed open access computer labs in six locations in the Main, Greek, and Falaki campuses, as well as the Zamalek hostel and Heliopolis building. Campus-wide software license agreements provide software from major vendors such as Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec free of charge or at reduced pricing.
A comprehensive computer training program is offered for free to the community, and includes tracks such as Computer Literacy (for beginners), Graphics & Multimedia (includes Photoshop & Flash), and Desktop publishing. More specialized workshops are also offered in WebCT and Statistical analysis (SPSS), in addition to custom training programs that can be tailored according to need. Technical support and trouble-shooting services are provided for all PCs on campus, and special consultations can be arranged with the technical support team to handle problems with student notebooks. Software installation services are also offered within the technical support portfolio to all locations at AUC campuses. Administration of WebCT and technical support for its usage is provided through consultations and an online blog. Web and application development services are offered to departments and faculty, with additional support for student clubs and conferences. ACS also provides a range of R&D support services including technology tracking and specialized training & consulting. ACS sponsors a technology awareness program, that includes the organization of an annual Technology Fair, and an all-day event for WebCT that presents innovative work by faculty and ACS technical support staff.
Academic Computing Services is available online at:
http://acs.aucegypt.edu; Email: email@example.com; Help Desk: 5348
Center for Learning and Teaching
Director: A. Ellozy
Associate Director: P. Glavanis
The mission of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) is to promote excellence in teaching and to facilitate the effective application of technology to the teaching/learning process. The Center keeps a spotlight on teaching through a variety of programs, services, workshops and lectures, including the Faculty Development Institute, a bi-monthly newsletter, instructional design consultations, and the Student Technology Assistant program which provides one-to-one training and support for faculty who want to use diverse instructional technologies. CLT is also a strong advocate of academic integrity on campus and contributes to its enhancement by administering the plagiarism detection software Turnitin.com as well as conducting dedicated workshops for both faculty and students.
Center for Learning and Teaching is available online at:
Classroom Technologies and Media Services
Director: M. S. Allen
Deputy Director: S. Washi
Classroom Technologies and Media Services provides media and instructional technology support to all academic departments of the University. The department provides necessary equipment and maintains a collection of non-print materials, including films, DVDs and videocassettes. CTMS supports fifty-six smart classrooms and lecture halls, twenty-two of which are specialized for videoconferencing, student computers or language instruction. Technical assistance and training in the use of media is available to all faculty and students.
AUC Classroom Technologies & Media Services is available online at:
The Writing Center: The Write Place
Our mission is to help graduate and undergraduate students improve their communication abilities by providing services for writing, presenting, and critical thinking in all disciplines. Our student services include individual conferences, the Online Writing Lab (OWL), online writing, reserach, and interdisciplinary resources, weekly writing workshops, special graduate hours, and research and writing open lab. We also assist faculty from all disciplines in the effective use of writing in their courses through the Writing Specialist program.
Location: 5 Youssef el Guindy, 2nd level (above the AUC Clinic), #13
Website is available: www.aucegypt.edu/academic/writingcenter/index.html
Associate Vice President for Computing: M.S.Akabawi
The central computing organization is headed by the associate vice president for computing and reports to the Provost. Under his direct jurisdiction are two technical offices: the Network Security Office and the Planning and Control Office. The Network Security Officer is responsible for developing campus-wide policies and overseeing their implementation in addition to developing, on a periodic basis, campus-wide risk assessment and business continuity plans/Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP). The office also administers the university firewall and the Virtual Private (VPN) facility for selected users. The Planning and Control officer is responsible for the development and update of the strategic ICT plan for university network services, administrative computing services and telecommunication.
The central computing organization is composed of three units, each headed by a Director or Acting Director.
Administrative Computing Services
Director: Alaa 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. A host of front-end web enabled interfaces interacts with these legacy systems to provide on-line e-service facility to the community (students, faculty, staff and administration).
A Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructure has been installed to serve applications and to act as a centralized storage repository for any application’s data storage eg. e-mail.
University Network Services
Acting Director: M.S.Akabawi
Associate Director: Khaled Hilal
The University Network Services (UNS) unit is responsible for the planning, design, development, operation and management of the campus-wide data communications network. The campus network is based on a gegabit backbone with 4,700 switched 10/100 mbps access ports distributed in all campus buildings and satellite locations ( Maadi, Zamalek, Heliopolis and Cairo Center building). The network infrastructure is built to accommodate up to 7,000 ports. UNS actively monitors and manages the network through management and monitoring tools to proactively detect problems and attend to them. UNS also provides e-mail services for up to 10,000 mailboxes. E-mail accounts are granted to all staff, faculty, students and alumni. Alumni, tenured faculty and staff are given life-long accounts.
UNS 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 of 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.
Assistant Director: Ali Reda
The telecommunication area is responsible for planning, designing, developing and operating the university-wide telephone system and all the PBXs in AUC buildings. The activities include designing of voice infrastructure network, management of telephone operators, and supervision of installed radio base station (RBS).
IP telephony is currently replacing the aging PBXs in a phased manner, enabling faster and less expensive communication with AUC New York office and AUC satellite buildings in Zamalek, Maadi and Heliopolis.
The American University in Cairo Press
Director: Mark Linz
Established in 1960 and reorganized 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, and bookselling services.
AUC’s publishing house is rapidly expanding its programs of high quality scholarly, literary, and general interest publications on Egypt and the Middle East, publishing up to 80 new books each year and maintaining a backlist of some 800 titles for worldwide distribution. The Press is the primary English-language publisher and the worldwide agent of Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz, and presents the annual Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature to support modern Arabic literature in translation. An Endowment fund for Scholarly Books and Translations of Arabic Literature was established in 2000.
The AUC Bookstores supply the university’s textbooks and provide Cairo’s English-language community with AUC Press books and with a wide variety of other books on Egypt and the Middle East, as well as modern fiction and general nonfiction, guides and gift books.
Career Advising and Placement Services
Director: Maha Guindi
Associate Director: Maha Fakhry
The office of Career Advising and Placement Services (CAPS) 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. 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 potential candidates for employment.
CAPS maintains equal opportunity compliance and follows affirmative action principles in conducting its services.
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 resume writing and interviewing.
- Self-Assessment: Students are encouraged to develop a better understanding of their personality types, interests, skills, and values to help them take well-informed career decisions. The self-assessment process is enhanced by the use of specialized inventories, such as The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII); both instruments are administered and interpreted by qualified professionals.
- 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 career planning, high impact resumes, job search strategies, power interviewing and your path to graduate study.
Career Exploration Preparation
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.
- Career Mart: In the spring, AUC hosts an annual Career Mart, 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.
- 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.
- Internship Program: CAPS organizes an internship program through which AUC students gain valuable work experience during the winter break or summer vacation. Students apply to the announced internships.
- Career Conference: The office organizes an annual career conference for senior students to facilitate their transition to the world of work. The conference allows the students to network with corporate professionals and equips them with the necessary tools for their career planning and job search process.
Throughout the year, the office provides an interactive communication channel between AUC graduating students/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 weekly e-jobs bulletin that communicates current employment opportunities to seniors and alumni subscribers via e-mail. Hard copies are posted weekly on CAPS bulletin boards.
- Resume Referral Service: The office maintains a resume data bank for 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.
For further information on CAPS programs and dates of career-related events, refer to CAPS website: www.caps.aucegypt.edu
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Director: Samah Selim
Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action of the AUC (EOAA) is the embodiment of the American University in Cairo’s commitment to the value of equality and an environment free of harassment and discrimination.
The EOAA helps facilitate the development of students who respect the rights of others, diversity, and multiculturalism. Through training, joint events and activities, we provide students with the life-skills that effectively help establish their future identities, and assist them in their contribution to attitude changes in Egypt. EOAA helps prepare the students for challenging careers in national and multinational organizations that operate in a dynamic, diverse and multicultural global village.
Accomplishing the above, EOAA holds regular training sessions, seminars and symposiums on a variety of topics such as: integrating the disabled or the challenged, cultural sensitivity training, managing diversity, women’s issues, saying no to harassment including sexual harassment, what discrimination does to people, the societal integration of the aged and many more. EOAA also hosts several cultural oriented events that emphasize diversity and equality. Activities furthermore aim to link students to different entities working in these fields. Over and above that, EOAA has its own publication called Linkage (which is also available online) and a multimedia library that includes books, journals, videos about gender, diversity, equality, equal opportunity laws and practice.
EOAA also has a preventive and prescriptive role, helping prevent harassment and discrimination at AUC as well as promote awareness of these issues outside the premises to the larger community.
The office advises, counsels and educates all AUCians (students, faculty and staff) about their legal rights and responsibilities. When and if harassment or discrimination takes place, EOAA mediates or investigates such incidents, and takes measures to ensure that such incidents do not recur.
EOAA is the custodian of the University Policy on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and its Policy on Sexual Harassment that are applicable to all AUCians (students, faculty and staff).
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If you have any question or concern, please contact us at (+202) 797 5544
Office of International Programs
Associate Provost for International Programs: Wm. Cyrus Reed
The Office of International Programs is responsible for the academic components of all international programs at AUC. One of International Programs key responsibilities is for outbound study abroad programs, which are composed of three areas. Direct enrollment programs enable AUC students to enroll directly at a university overseas with the intent to transfer that credit back to AUC to count toward their degree. Exchange programs for one year or one semester are also administered, with the cooperation of the Office of International Student Services, by the Office of International Programs. The third area of off-campus study for which the Office of International Programs is responsible, is short-term, faculty- led field studies that take place during either the January term or the summer. The Director of Off-Campus Study is responsible for all three of these areas.
The Office of International Programs is also responsible for the academic component of the incoming study abroad programs. The Director of International Advising handles the academic advising of these students and works with various offices on campus to insure that this advising can take place in a timely fashion in an on-line format. Moreover, International programs is responsible for working with departments to develop the international curriculum at AUC and to develop ways I which student and faculty achievements in the international arena can be recognized and celebrated.
Special Academic Programs are those in which AUC organizes programs for visiting groups. Many universities and other agencies in the US and elsewhere organize academically oriented programs of their own in Egypt, and AUC actively supports these, both during the academic year and in the summer and January terms. AUC’s role ranges from designing and implementing an entire program to providing a one time lecture. Current AUC partners include, among others, Ulsan University in Korea, St. Olaf and Carleton Universities in Minnesota, Seaton Hall University in New Jersey, and the Law Faculty of the University of Zurich.
Many of the AUC’s international activities are underpinned by formal agreements. Negotiating, reviewing, and maintaining administrative oversight of these agreements is a key responsibility of this office, as is the recruitment of degree-seeking undergraduate students from outside the Arabic speaking world.
Additional information can be obtained from:
Dr. Wm. Cyrus Reed
Office of International Programs 423
The American University in Cairo
113 Kasr el Aini Street