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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Academic Organization and Support Services

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The academic programs of the American University in Cairo are offered by departments, institutes and centers that are administratively housed in four schools. The academic area also includes research centers and support services units.

Academic Organization



School of Business

  1. Department of Accounting
    • Bachelor of Accounting (BAC)
    • Minor in Accounting
  2. 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
  3. Department of Management
    • 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
    • Professional non-degree executive training, consulting, research and advisory services

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  1. 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, Middle Eastern history and Islamic Studies
  2. 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
    • Graduate Diploma in Comparative Literary Studies
  3. Department of History
    • Bachelor of Arts in History
    • Minor in History
    • Minor in Comparative Religion
    • Graduate credit courses
  4. Department of Performing and Visual Arts
    • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with concentrations in Digital Arts and Design, and Traditional Egyptian Art
    • Bachelor of Arts in Art
    • Minor in Art
    • Minor in Digital Arts and Design
    • Minor in Film
    • Minor in Music
    • Minor in Theatre
    • Minor in Traditional Egyptian Arts
  5. Department of Philosophy
    • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
    • Minor in Philosophy
  6. Department of Political Science
    • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with specialization in International Relations, Political Economy, Public & International Law or Middle East Politics
    • Bachelor of Arts in Honors Program in Political Science
    • 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
  7. Department of Rhetoric and Composition

    • Minor in Rhetoric and Composition
    • Core Curriculum courses in Rhetoric and Composition Specialized courses in writing and communication Writing Center
  8. Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology
    • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a specialization in Community Development
    • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a specialization in Community Development
    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Community Development
    • 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
    • Master of Arts in Community Psychology
    • Master of Arts in Family and Child Counseling
    • Master of Arts in Family and Couples Counseling
    • Graduate Diploma in Community Psychology
    • Graduate Diploma in General Family Counseling
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. European Studies Program
    • Graduate Diploma in European Studies

School of Public Affairs

  1. Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
    • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
    • Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication
    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Arts
    • Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication
    • Master of Arts in Television and Digital Journalism
    • Non-degree training programs in Television Journalism
  2. Department of Law
    • LL.M. (Masters of Law) in International and Comparative Law
    • Master of Arts in International Human Rights Law
  3. Department of Public Policy and Administration
    • Masters of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)
    • Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Administration (DPPA)
  4. The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies
    • Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East/North Africa
    • Graduate Diploma in Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East and North Africa
  5. Center for Migration & Refugee Studies
    • Master of Arts in Migration and Refugee Studies
    • Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychosocial Intervention for Forced Migrants and Refugees
    • Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies
  6. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research
    • Minor in American Studies
  7. 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 Sciences
    • Premedical track courses
  2. Department of Chemistry
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with a Specialization in Clinical Chemistry & in Industrial Chemistry
    • Master of Science in Chemistry with concentration in Food Chemistry
    • Minor in Chemistry
    • Minor in Archaeological Chemistry
    • General Science Courses (SCI)
  3. 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
    • Master of Computing
    • Graduate Diploma in Computer Science
  4. 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
  5. Department of Electronics Engineering
    • Bachelor of science in Electronics Engineering
  6. Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science
    • 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
  7. Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering, with concentrations in materials and manufacturing, design, industrial, mechatronics and power
    • Master of science in Mechanical Engineering with specializations in Design, Industrial and Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Master of engineering in Product Development and Systems Management
  8. Department of Petroleum and Energy Engineering
    • Bachelor of science in Petroleum Engineering
  9. 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
  10. Biotechnology Program
    • Master of science in Biotechnology
  11. Environmental Engineering Program
    • Master of science in Environmental Engineering
    • Master of engineering in Environmental Systems Design
  12. Engineering Steering Committees
    • Undergraduate general engineering courses (ENGR)
    • Graduate general engineering courses (ENGR)
  13. Engineering and Science Services
    • Training programs for practicing engineers

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. The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies
  4. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research
  5. 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.

  1. Office of Graduate Studies and Research
  2. Office of Sponsored Programs

Academic Support Services


Libraries and Learning Technologies

Dean: S. El Sawy
Associate Dean for Library Administration: L. Tweddle
Assistant Dean: Sahar Sobeih

AUC Libraries and Learning Technologies consists of the Libraries (Main Library, and the Rare Books and Special Collections Library), the Center for Learning and Teaching, and Classroom Technologies and Media Services.

Main Library

Directors: L. Eid, J. Spencer, L. Tweddle and H. Yaghmour.
Senior Librarians: D. Blucker,  M. Chromey, A. Click, H. El Ridi, C. Grimmer, N. Hughes, M. Ismail, J. Petit, C. Rueby, and  N. Sidawy.
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, offering online access to 121 database titles, 39,600 e-books, and 44,745 full-text journals. Off-campus access is available for AUC faculty and students. The Main Library also has 403,722 print volumes (books and periodicals), nearly 1,432 current periodical subscriptions, and 2,696 media items, all with 3M RFID stock control tags.  The online catalog is Innovative Interfaces Millennium.  All stations in the entirely new Learning Commons provide a collaborative, technology-rich environment where library users have the tools and support to access, manage and produce information. It is maintained by the full support services of LLT’s four units and other campus service providers.  There are computer stations on all floors as well as over 50 wireless enabled laptops available for internal use. The Library is a member of OCLC and of the RLG SHARES Program, which along with the use of Ariel and Odyssey software, enables rapid document delivery from abroad. A required one-hour Information Literacy course instructs AUC freshmen in the essentials of how to research, locate, and critically evaluate information using library resources. Additional instruction is offered in all disciplines to students, faculty, staff and visitors in the Library Instruction Labs.

AUC Libraries are accessible online at:

Rare Books & Special Collections Library & University Archives

Director and Associate Dean for the RBSCL & Archives: P. Croom
University Archivist: S. Urgola
Senior Librarian: Terra Kridler
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:

Center for Learning and Teaching

Director and Associate Dean for Learning Technologies : 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 Institutes, a bi-weekly newsletter, instructional design consultations, formative assessment activities, classroom action research 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 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

Associate Dean: M. S. Allen
Deputy Director, Tahrir Square Campus: S. Washi
Director, New Cairo Campus: S. D. Masterson

Classroom Technologies and Media Services provides instructional technology support to all academic departments of the University.  On the New Cairo Campus, CTMS provides instructional and presentation support for 224 classrooms, labs and meeting rooms, five video conference equipped classrooms plus limited event and conference support. On the Tahrir Square Campus, 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.

Website is available:

Information Technology

The University I.T. organization is headed by the Chief Technology Officer and reports to the Vice President for Planning and Administration. The CTO office includes Network Storage Solutions, IT Security, and IT Planning and Administration. The three central computing organizations – Administrative Computing Services, University Network Services, and Telecommunications – also report to the CTO.

Administrative Computing Services

The mission of the Administrative Computing Services unit (AdCS) is to maintain AUC’s critical administrative applications. Services provided by AdCS include application development, technical resource management, and the design and implementation of computer literacy and training programs for all staff.

AdCS has installed and currently supports over sixty software products, resulting in a set of automated information resources utilized in every major administrative area. These include: the enterprise resource-management system (SAP), the student information system (SIS-PLUS), the fund-raising and alumni-relations system (FUNDAL), the document-management system (Documentum), and office-automation applications. A host of front-end web-enabled interfaces interacts with these systems to provide on-line e-service access to students, faculty, staff, and administration.

University Network Services

The University Network Services unit (UNS) is responsible for planning, designing, developing, operating and managing the campus-wide data communications network. The campus network is based on a gigabit backbone with 4,700 switched 10/100 Mbps ports distributed throughout all campus buildings and satellite locations in Maadi, Zamalek, Heliopolis, and the Cairo Center building, supplemented by pervasive wireless network coverage inside and outside campus buildings. The network infrastructure is built to accommodate up to 7,000 ports. UNS actively monitors and manages the network, provides e-mail services for about 10,000 mailboxes, and is the first point of contact for the AUC community for network access needs, queries, and problems.


The Telecommunications Office provides university faculty, students, and staff with high quality services in voice communications. Committed to guarantee a superior level of service to the university while planning for the future in a cost-effective manner, the Telecommunications Office is responsible for the procurement, installation, and maintenance of all telecommunications services and equipment at all university locations.

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.

Publishing Programs

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 over 80 new books each year and maintaining a backlist of some 900 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.

Bookselling Services

The six AUC Bookstores (located on the New Cairo Campus, on the Downtown Campus, in Zamalek, and in Heliopolis) 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

Executive Director: Maha Guindi
Director, Recruitment Services: 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.

Career Advising

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 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.
  • 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 junior and 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.

Recruitment Services

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:

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).

For more information, visit our website:

Office of International Programs

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.


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