Egyptology: BA

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Program Overview

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. A bachelor of arts in Egyptology program aims at preparing students for careers in Egyptology and the preservation and management of Egypt’s material heritage. The degree also prepares students to work in industries that require critical and lateral thinking, clear writing and oral presentation skills, and the ability to create innovative solutions to challenges.

  • Acquire knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of ancient Egypt’s cultural heritage and its legacy in the world.
  • Master the research tools upon which a career in Egyptology or heritage management must depend, including ancient Egyptian language and scripts, and skill in excavation and site analysis.
  • Prepare properly to assume the responsibility of caring for, maintaining, and preserving ancient Egypt’s unique cultural heritage.

This program is suitable for students who are interested in the following: 

  • Exploring the past
  • Learning about art 
  • Learning different languages
  • Understanding long-term change 
  • Identifying historic cycles
  • Learning about pharaonic Egypt

Many opportunities are available for students to gain hands-on experience, including participating in excavations, volunteering in museums and on projects for professors or other Egyptologists, visiting archaeological sites, and learning from other Egyptologists.

Graduates of the program can pursue careers in the following fields: 

  • Egyptology
  • Museology
  • Tourism
  • Education
  • Heritage consultancy
  • Journalism
  • TV research 

Distinguished university professor, Salima Ikram (YAB '86), gives a short brief about AUC’s egyptology undergraduate program

The program’s many alumni include Monica Hanna ’04, ’07, who is acting dean of the College of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Aswan and an outspoken defender of Egyptian heritage, and Nikolaos Lazaridis ’00, who is an assistant professor of ancient Mediterranean history at California State University at Sacramento and a well-known scholar of ancient Egyptian graffiti.

Our alumni have worked at the top organizations in the field, including:

  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities 
  • The American Research Center in Egypt
  • The Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale
  • DAI

     

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