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Fall Online Courses Offerings

HUSS is offering a number of diversified online courses that would be available in Fall 2020. The courses will be taught by a number of prominent HUSS faculty and will cover a wide array of interests: Arabic and Islamic Civilizations, English and Comparative Literature Political Science, Philosophy, and others. For admissions, click here.



Department of Applied Linguistics

APLN  5331- 01, Sociolinguistics

The effect of social phenomena on linguistic form. Languages, dialects, and speech communities. Multilingual societies, diglossia, code choice. 

TAFL 510/APLN 5203, Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language

Survey of learning theories, individual learning styles and strategies as they relate to the teaching and learning processes. Examination and critical analysis of major approaches and methods of teaching foreign languages.

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Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations

ARIC 1099-01, Selected Topic for Core Curriculum: "Reading Naguib Mahfouz"

A selected topic in Arab and Islamic Civilizations for the core curriculum.

ARIC 2097, Selected Topics for Core Curriculum: Religion and Politics in Islam

Course addressing broad intellectual concerns and accessible to all students, irrespective of major.

ARIC 2270-01 From Andalusia to Indonesia: Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture

Important works in architecture and decorative arts from the seventh century AD to the Ottoman period; artistic achievements of Muslim Spain, North Africa, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia. 

ARIC 3104-01, Arabic Literature & Gender

Investigates the construction of gender, both masculine and feminine, through readings in a variety of Arabic discourses.

ARIC 3197-01, Selected Themes & Topics in Arabic Literature in Translation: "Arab Women Autobiographies and Film"

Focuses on one theme or topic in the classical and/or modern period such as political poetry, village and city, literature of place, Arab women writing.

ARIC 3324-01, Non-Muslim Communities in the Muslim World

Examination of the history of non-Muslim communities in the Muslim world, with special focus on Egypt. 

ARIC 5117-01, Translation: Theory and Practice

This course focuses on the developments in the field of Translation Studies since the 1970s when translation became increasingly conceptualized as cultural transfer rather than a linguistic operation.

ARIC 5133-01, Islamic Institutions

Examination of the principal social, legal, and political institutions in medieval Islam, especially those subsumed under shari’a.

ARIC 5135-01, Selected Topics in Middle Eastern History, 600-1800 AD: "Protest and Dissent in Middle East History"

This course discusses theories of protest and dissent; historiography of protest; rebellion in Islamic political thought; and studies historical examples of revolt, protest, and political dissent in Middle Eastern history from early Islamic times until the early modern period.

ARIC 5137-01, International Trade 1000-1700: Egypt and the Mediterranean-Red Sea Trade

This course will examine the development of trade between East and West from the 11th to the 18th century, with special focus on trade routes as well as the commodities exchanged between the world of Islam and the main centers of commerce.

ARIC 5141-01 Studies in the Qur'an

The greatest work in Arabic and its influence on Arabic literature and Islamic institutions, with emphasis on methods of interpretation and their development.

ARIC 5142-01, Islamic Law

This course discusses major issues related to the history of Islamic law, classical legal theory and contemporary challenges and debates in this field. 

ARIC 5222-01, Special Studies in Islamic Art&Arch: Islamic Arch in East & Southeast Asia: Coastal India, China & Indonesia

Reading and papers on selected topics by graduate students who also attend a course of undergraduate lectures.

ARIC 5222-02, Special Studies in Islamic Art and Architecture: Qur'an Manuscripts: A Survey

The Word of God – the Qur’an – is the cornerstone of Islam. Giving this Word a visual form, and decorating it, is ostensibly the most noble of Islamic arts. This course will trace the sacred art of Arabic calligraphy and illumination in Qur’an manuscripts from its nascency in Arabia, to its spread to the eastern and western boundaries of the Muslim world.

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Department of Arts

DSGN 5115 , History of Graphic Design in the Arab world

Exploring a relatively new field in the region, this course explores the history of graphic design in the Arab world by looking at publication design, political posters, children’s books and commercial design that have been instrumental in the development of social and political ideas in the region.

DSGN 3118, History of Arabic Calligraphy

 It will discuss the aesthetics of the calligraphic Arabic word and different stages of development of the script on paper and different media.

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Department of English and Comparative Literature

ECLT 3030, Literature and Cinema: Practices of Cinematic Adaptation

The course investigates the relationship between literature and cinema and how they complement each other in representing textually and visually a broad theme, a historical period, or a national concern.

ECLT 3032, World Literature: Language, Nation, Globe

The course covers seminal literary works in both Western and non-Western canons, assigned in editions of excellent English translations.

ECLT 3045, Literature and Gender: Perspectives and Representations

The course investigates gender roles in literary texts and the image of women in different historical periods and cultural settings.

ECLT 3053 - 01, ModernDrama: Spectacles of the Double

A study of mainly European drama in the period from Ibsen to the present, including plays by Shaw, Chekhov, Strindberg, Pirandello, Brecht, Sartre, Beckett, Pinter, and others, and dealing with related developments in theatre, cultures and society.

ECLT 5106, Greek Classics in Translation: Plague

Major works of Greek literature since 700 B.C., chosen on the basis of merit and influence and studied in the most artistic translations.

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Department of Philosophy

PHIL 2112, Philosophy of Religion Good and Evil, Miracles and Divine Providence

This course examines and clarifies some themes that arise from the rational investigation of the intellectual component of religion.

PHIL 5123, Kant and Idealism

This course will focus upon the transformation of philosophy during the late enlightenment period that was enacted by Immanuel Kant and which gave rise to what is now known as ‘Continental Philosophy.’ 

PHIL 5121, Philosophical Logic

This course offers an introduction to syllogistic and symbolic logic with a focus on the argumentative exigencies of the discipline.

PHIL 3017, Philosophy of Science and Technology

This course will explore these new powers and attendant obligations upon humanity, other cultures and the environment.

Philosophy of Language

This course aims at a both historically and systematically informed exploration of these dimensions of language in its philosophical reflection.

PHIL 5101

This course will deal with issues in Ancient Greek and Medieval Philosophy that are relevant for an appreciation of Egypt’s philosophical tradition, as well as for an understanding of the philosophical debates that contributed to the development of Islamic Philosophy. 

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Department of Political Science

POLS 3408, Comparative Politics of the Middle East

Comparative study of government and ideologies, social stratification, and institutions in the Middle East. Also includes a study of the problems of modernization and political development.

POLS 3454, Political and Social Thought in the Modern Arab World

Development of political and social ideologies in the Arab world since the beginning of the twentieth century. Topics will include the impact of liberal thought on Arab elites, the rise of nationalism, and the emergence of theories of political and social transformation.

POLS 4375, Introduction to Egyptian and Islamic Law

The Egyptian legal system will be considered according to its present structure and historical development including institutions, processes, laws, and the courts.

POLS 4420, Issues in Middle East Politics

Selected Topics in Middle East Politics investigated under the guidance of a faculty member. May be offered as a seminar.

POLS 5258, Middle East Politics

This course considers polity, economy, and society as interconnected areas for research in comparative politics; the impasse debate about theory in Middle East politics is explored in relation to comparative work on other areas and analysis of representative studies.

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Department of Psychology

PSYC 2099 Selected Topics: Psychology of Pandemics

Selected topics of interest for the core curriculum. Topics will vary depending on contemporary trends in the field of psychology and may reflect interdisciplinary content.

PSYC 3003, Community Based Learning

This course will introduce students to theory and practice in community psychology. 

PSYC 4011, Cultural Psychology

This course will explore the nature of different psychological systems (or “ethnopsychologies”) that exist throughout the world and the complex relation of these to western psychology.

PSYC 4099, Selected Topics in Psychology: Human Emotion

Topics of interest that reflect current trends or specialized content areas in psychology. Topics may relate to faculty research or practice interests, as well as intra-disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas of inquiry.

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Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology


SOC 303/3303, Social Movements

Basic processes by which societies initiate, consolidate, transform, and change their basic institutions and social structures. Anatomy of reform and revolutionary social movements, especially those affecting Arab and Third World societies.

SOC 307/3304, Social Class and Inequality

The basic theory and methods of the sociology of inequality. The nature and variety of stratification systems, major theories of stratification, empirical studies and social correlates of class phenomena, social mobility, and class conflict. Emphasis on Middle Eastern material.  

SOC 431/4035, Political Sociology

Social bases of various political systems such as Western-type democracy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism. Topics include: determinants of political behavior, power, elite formation, bureaucracy, and the political role of the military and intellectuals in Third World societies.

SOC 4099, Selected Topic in Sociology: Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Topics to be chosen according to specific interests, such as sociology of medicine, sex roles, symbolic interaction, applied sociology.


EGPT 301/3010 , Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs

The class examines Egypt’s history and geography and devotes special attention to the effect of geography and natural resources upon the development of Ancient Egyptian history, art, and civilization.

EGPT 361/3201 - Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt I

The course covers the period between the Predynastic and the Middle Kingdom and includes: reliefs, statuary, architecture, and minor arts, illustrated with images.

EGPT 343/3211, History of Ancient Egypt I: Pre-Dynastic Through Middle Kingdom Egypt

This course covers the history of Egypt from the Predynastic period to the Middle Kingdom. The course focuses on the ‘official’ history of Egypt rather than the cultural/social history which is covered in a separate course.

EGPT 459/5170, Selected Topics in Cultural Resource Management and Museology

The course deals with different types of cultural heritage present in Egypt and their physical and cultural environment, and with the various methods of managing them in order to ensure their proper preservation while making them accessible to tourists and scholars.

EGPT 5199 , Selected Topics in Ancient Egyptian Art and Culture: Disease in Ancient Egypt


The topic of this course changes regularly and can be taken more than once. The subject matter chosen for the course can be any aspect of ancient Egyptian art, architecture, archaeology and culture.


EGPT 5199 , Selected Topics Egypt: Continuity & Change: Nagib Mahfuz, Shady Abdel Salam, Gamal Hemdan & Ancient Egypt


The topic of this course changes regularly and can be taken more than once. The subject matter chosen for the course can be any aspect of ancient Egyptian art, architecture, archaeology and culture.




ANTH 2099-01, Selected Topics for Core Curriculum: Political Anthropology

Course addressing broad intellectual concerns and accessible to all students, irrespective of major.

ANTH 2099-03, Selected Topics for Core Curriculum: Psychological Anthropology

Course addressing broad intellectual concerns and accessible to all students, irrespective of major.

ANTH 360/3080, Gender, Sexuality and Social Change

An introduction to the study of gender ideologies, including a cross-cultural comparison of how genders are constructed to create different norms of masculine, feminine, and other categories linked to various forms of sexuality.

ANTH 370/3085, Environmental Issues in Egypt

The technical aspects of environmental issues in Egypt are examined taking into account the cultural, social, and political dimensions upsetting the balance of the environment.  Major issues such as water scarcity, global warming, desertification, urban pollution, tourism, and demographic pressures are presented and analyzed. 

ANTH 312/3301, Anthropologies of Middle East and North Africa

Analysis of contemporary debates in anthropological engagements with and in the Middle East and North Africa. The course explores the histories of ethnographic research in the Middle East and North Africa, colonialism and post-independence experiences, power and representation, performance and the arts, religious sensibilities, gender and kinship networks.

ANTH 4099-02, Selected Topics in Anthropology: Anthropology and Literature

Topics to be chosen according to specific interests, such as: agrarian transformation, desert development, sex roles, cognitive anthropology, anthropology and education; nationalism, colonialism and postcolonialism; tourism in social science; and anthropology of the city.

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