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Why Study with School of Humanities and Social Sciences?

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is the most diverse of AUC's schools, offering 47 undergraduate majors and minors in 10 different departments. 

HUSS students develop as critical, independent, and creative thinkers who are ready to embrace, and make a positive impact in, the changing world. In HUSS you learn the skills that today’s employers want, setting you up for lifelong fulfilling careers.



HUSS offers 34 different undergraduate majors and minors in 10 different departments.
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Anthropology: BA

Anthropology offers interpretations of all aspects of human life. Cultural anthropology, one of the four traditional subfields of the discipline, seeks to understand human life-worlds in all their variation across time and space using people’s lived experiences, practices, ideas, and explanations as a principal source of knowledge about the world.
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Arabic Studies: BA

Arabic Studies program is to develop a broad awareness of Arab-Islamic civilization and to develop in students the ability to examine critically the different aesthetic, intellectual and cultural components of this civilization. Each student is required to fulfill Arabic language requirements and take a common core of courses from Arabic Literature, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern History, and Islamic Art and Architecture.
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Egyptology: BA

Egyptology is the scientific study of ancient Egypt's history and culture, from the earliest times to the Arab conquest, a time span of some 4,600 years. The program covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization, from language and religion to art, architecture, social structure, and heritage management, and provides the first-hand experience of ancient monuments and sites.
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English and Comparative Literature: BA

English and Comparative Literature undergraduate program offers a thorough grounding in aesthetic appreciation and critical reading of literary texts and various cultural media. Courses encapsulate the classic works of English and European literature, from ancient times until the present. Courses also provide a strong theoretical background into the history of critical appreciation and production of literary texts, from ecocriticism to postcolonialism, and from gender to postmodernism.
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Film: BA

Uniquely situated in the “film” city of Cairo, the AUC Film Program integrates formal film production training with the study of the historical, aesthetic, and theoretical foundations of the medium, providing students with an understanding of how various practical and aesthetic aspects of contemporary cinematic culture interact and eventually integrate various local, regional and international influences.
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Graphic Design: BA

Graphic Design program prepares students for a wide range of professional options. Branding, advertising, publication, web, digital, and broadcast design, exhibition, and type design are all possible career paths. The major offers both theory and studio courses that will enable design students to integrate a good command of visual language with conceptual work, theory, and technology.
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History: BA

The history program covers a range of topics and regions, and allows students the flexibility to pursue their own interests. All courses develop in students an appreciation of the richness, complexity, and diversity of past civilizations, allowing them to examine the human experience in its fullest dimensions. The program gives students historical, academic, and personal competencies, develops intellectual sophistication, and provides a solid foundation for a wide variety of careers, from law or diplomacy to journalism or business.
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Musical Arts in Performance: BMA

Musical Arts in Performance program is a professional degree built on a liberal arts core, which prepares students for a career in teaching or performance in voice or an instrument. Students learn the theory, literature, and performance of music to the highest attainable standard in both Western and Arab music.
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Music Technology: BA

Music Technology program teaches students the theory and practice of music technology to the highest attainable standard in the context of a liberal arts environment. The program prepares students for a career in sound engineering, including music recording, editing, production and broadcasting.
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Philosophy: BA

The philosophy major stresses a firm grounding in both the history and the various fields of philosophy. Because of the ways in which the study of philosophy complements other disciplines, it is always good for a student to double-major in another discipline.
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Political Science: BA

Students with a Major in Political Science also have the opportunity to enroll in a dual degree program and qualify for an MA degree in International Human Rights Law, alongside their BA in political science.
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Psychology: BA

Psychology is the multifaceted scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. The BA program at AUC emphasizes physical, cognitive, emotional, personal, and social development from conception to death.
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Sociology: BA

Sociology is the systematic study of society with particular attention to social interaction and the social making of humans. It investigates the forces that hold society together and threaten to pull it apart by analyzing interaction at every level, from micro-group interaction to competition of nation-states.
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Theatre: BA

The Theatre program offers a bachelor’s degree and a minor in theatre. The curriculum balances the substantial fundamental study of the literature, history, and theatre theory with practical theatre experience in performance, directing, design, and technical theatre. The program offers a liberal arts approach to theatre study, an approach that aims to enrich the students’ awareness of theatre arts' role within society.
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Visual Arts: BA

The Visual Arts program allows students to develop their independent vision and creative practice as artists in an educational environment emphasizing conceptual research and expression across media. The curriculum balances studio-based coursework with historical and theoretical.
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Honors Program in Political Science

Political Science's honors program is a crucial part of the department's academic life, and a capstone experience allowing students to conclude their time at AUC by working one-on-one with a department member. Honors students will take small, closed-enrollment classes together in the Fall semester of their senior year.
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Anthropology Minor

The minor in anthropology provides students with a basic knowledge of anthropological methods and theory from a cross-cultural perspective on selected aspects of the world’s cultures and societies. 
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Arab and Islamic Civilizations Minor

This minor allows students to choose the courses that interest them from the ARIC department's different specializations. They can choose any combination of undergraduate courses in Arabic Literature, Middle East History, Islamic Studies, and Islamic Art and Architecture.
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Arabic Literature Minor

This minor allows students to delve deeper into classical and modern Arabic literary production and read texts in various genres, including poetry, prose, novels, short stories, drama well as film and media adaptations.
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Behavioral Neuroscience Minor

The behavioral neuroscience minor is an interdisciplinary program co-administered by the biology and psychology departments. The minor combines the study of the relationship between the structure and function of the nervous system, emphasizing the biological and psychological elements that affect emotions, behavior, learning and memory.
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Community Based Learning Courses

Community Development and Organizing Minor

The minor in Community Development provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge that enhances their understanding and vision of a strong civil society, one that is engaged and participatory.
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Comparative Religion Minor

The minor in Comparative Religion is designed to allow students with an interest in religious studies to pursue their research by choosing from a selection of courses on various aspects of the subject both past and present.
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Coptic Study Minor

The minor in Coptic Studies provides students with an introduction to the Coptic period as it follows on from the Pharaonic period and into the Islamic period. This interdisciplinary program, drawing primarily from the Egyptology and Arabic Studies, will cover religion, art, literature, social and political history from the early days until the present.
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Development Studies Minor

The purpose of the development studies minor is to offer students an introduction to the various social, political, economic, and cultural factors related to the process of development. The approach is interdisciplinary and comparative, with a primary emphasis on development-related issues.
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Educational Studies Minor

AUC’s minor in education studies is a great first step in exploring the field of education, understanding the issues related to education today, and developing the lifelong skills to deliver knowledge to others.
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English and Comparative Literature Minor

The minor seeks to foster a critical appreciation and love of literature as well as an understanding of its role in society and culture.
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Egyptology Minor

Egyptology is the science and study of Ancient Egypt, including the different aspects of its material and nonmaterial culture.
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Film Minor

Cinema is simply one of the most dynamic and complex cultural, economic and industrial art forms

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Game Design Minor

The Game Design minor will allow students -of different disciplines- to understand the role of a game designer by coming up with their original ideas and prototyping them collaboratively. 
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History Minor

The program as a whole gives students appropriate historical, academic, and personal competencies, develops their intellectual sophistication, and provides a solid foundation for their future lives, preparing them for a wide variety of subsequent careers, from law or diplomacy to journalism or business.
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Interactive Media Design Minor

Interactive Media Design minor introduces students to the basics of digital image making, animation and Interactive Media Design principles with a core focus on User Experience (UX) Design.
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Islamic Art and Architecture Minor

This minor gives a greater appreciation of the cultural heritage of the Arab-Islamic world to interested students. It focuses on both the built environment and artifacts that survive from different time periods and regions of the Islamic world.
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Islamic History Minor

This program allows students to study various aspects of Middle East and Islamic history, both premodern and modern, including political and social history. Courses include chronological surveys of particular time periods and regimes and thematic in-depth analysis of issues relevant to the history of the region, such as marriage and the family, religious diversity, spirituality, popular culture, gender, and class issues.
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Islamic Studies Minor

The minor is designed for students who wish to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Islam as a culture.
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Linguistics Minor

The linguistics minor is administered by the Department of Applied Linguistics. The minor offers courses that help students understand how language is used for effective communication in different fields such as politics, the media, and business. It also aims to help students understand how language relates to community and identity.
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Music Minors

The mission of the Music Program is to teach the theory, literature, and performance of music, and the theory and practice of music technology, to the highest attainable standard in the context of a liberal arts environment, with an orientation towards performance and study in both Western and Arab music.
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Political Science Minors

Students minoring in Political Science also have the opportunity to choose a specialization in areas such as International Relations, Political Economy, or Middle East Politics.
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Psychology Minor

Would you like to know more about psychology? The minor in psychology provides a general introduction to different subfields under psychology without the depth of methodological training. The minor exposes students to individual and contextual perspectives in psychology.
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Philosophy Minor

The minor in philosophy introduces students to the specific forms of philosophical questioning and philosophical methods and modes of thought. It offers students an opportunity to learn about the unique contribution philosophical traditions have made to civilization and to explore challenging philosophical questions in subjects of particular interest.
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Sociology Minor

The minor in sociology introduces students to the central concepts and methods of the field. Emphasis is on the theoretical perspectives of sociology in studying society, culture, and the individual.
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Theatre Minor

The minor in theatre provides a general introduction to theatre's art and craft through the study of dramatic literature and the exploration of performance processes through practical application.
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Type Design Minor

Students will learn about the intricacies of Type in the Type Design Minor. The skill for using and manipulating both Latin and Arabic typography is the main highlight of this minor.
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Visual Arts Minor

The minor in The minor in Visual Arts provides conceptual introduction to Visual Arts through the study of art history, theory, and the exploration of different studio practices.
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Design of Interior Spaces Minor

The Department of Architecture in collaboration with the department of Arts offers a minor in the Design of Interior Spaces. 

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