The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS) is the home to the core disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and arts at AUC. HUSS comprises nine departments: Applied Linguistics, Arab and Islamic Civilizations, Arts, English and Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology.



HUSS Graduation Class of 2020

 Please join us in celebrating the HUSS graduating class.

Professor Reem Bassiouney on Maakom Mona El Shazly

Reem Bassiouney, professor of applied linguistics and winner of the Supreme Council of Culture's Naguib Mahfouz Award for Best Egyptian Novel, shares insights from her best-selling book, Awlad Annas (Sons of the People: The Mamluk Trilogy) on Maakom Mona Elshazly with TV host Mona Elshazly '96.


Beirut Blast: What's Next?

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In Memory of John Rodenbeck, Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature

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AUC Film Senior Wins Ladima Foundation African Women in the Time of COVID-19 Short Film Competition

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Gourmet Implements Graphic Design Student Project on Sustainable Packaging

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HUSS Awards 2020: Celebrating Achievements and Excellence

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Ginsberg and Lippard have managed something rare: a riveting collection of essays with a consistently strong voice throughout. These chapters treat a diverse archive of films, filmmakers, and contexts with theoretical and historical depth and an urgency of interpretation, challenging the enormous gaps in our knowledge of Arab cinematic expression. Not only is this book indispensable for courses on Arab cinema, it will undoubtedly prompt new routes of inquiry for researchers, teachers, and viewers alike.” — Peter Limbrick, University of California-Santa Cruz, USA “ 

Cinema of the Arab world

Cinema of the Arab World

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HUSS in Motion

Noura, Off Broadway play by Heather Raffo

Noura play, in which Raffo gives an exceptional performance, brings the experience of Iraqi refugees to the stage through the compelling story of Noura and her Chaldean Catholic family who fled their home in Mosul, Iraq eight years ago to the United States. Inspired by the stories and lives of Arab-American women and loosely based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Noura investigates definitions of home and tells the story of how we try to balance our past with the present.

In the Making: AUC Melodies for the centennial celebration

Delight in music by the highly lauded Lions of Cairo and the Cairo Guitar Collective. Enjoy a unique collaboration between AUC music majors and the Cairo Festival Orchestra – the University’s professional orchestra in residence – in an uplifting Concerto-Aria concert.

Islamic Inscriptions: Reading Between the Lines

Bernard O'Kane, professor at AUC's Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, documents historic inscriptions found on centuries-old Islamic monuments. For the first time, thousands of inscriptions are recorded on a database and made accessible to scholars from different disciplines, in an effort to preserve narratives of the past.