English and Comparative Literature: BA

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Program Overview 

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. Some of our most popular courses also deal with creative writing, popular culture, and cinematic and artistic production. Geographically, courses are centered on Anglophone and European as well as Arabic writing and supplemented by wide-ranging coverage of global literature.

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

Literature from different cultures 

Writing in different genres 

Comparative literature 

Critical thinking 

Many opportunities are available for students to work, study, or intern, including at AUC Press, literary magazines, and Al-Ahram Weekly. Students gain practical experience through guest lectures, creative writing workshops, and masterclasses with guest writers, literary salons, and conferences.  

Graduates of the program have gone on to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Creative writing
  • Academia
  • Cultural organizations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Cultural journalism
  • Publishing
  • Theatre and film
  • Translation
  • Communication and marketing
  • Finance

Associate professor and chair, Tahia Abdel Nasser '96, '99, gives a short brief about AUC’s English and Comparative Literature undergraduate program

The program’s many alumni include Nadia Wassif ’94, ’96 and Hind Wassif ’92, ’95​, who are the founders and CEOs of Diwan Bookstores, and Haifaa Al Mansour ’97, who is the first female Saudi Arabian film director.

Our alumni have worked for the top publications and organizations in the field, including:

  • The American University in Cairo
  • AUC Press
  • The United Nations
  • Al-Ahram Weekly
  • Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics
  • Egypt Today 
  • The British Museum
  • Cairo Opera House
  • Kerning Cultures Network

 

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Minor in English and Comparative Literature

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