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A New Political Science for an Entirely New World.

The Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo was founded in 1962. Today it has grown to become one of the largest programs at AUC and the largest among its School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The department faculty spans the range of specializations in the discipline, with training form some of the finest programs worldwide. Over the years our graduates have come out properly equipped to join leading positions in international organizations, the private sector, public service, and to pursue academic careers in leading universities. Our students benefit from robust academic training in the classroom as well as a host of events and activities that gives them the skills and exposure needed to pursue diverse career options.

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Professor Rabab ElMahdi

Message From The Chair

It is an exciting time to study politics. Over the past few years Egypt, the Middle East and the world have been changing substantially. The study of political science during this time equips you with the best tools and skills to understand the world and contribute to its change. Whether you are looking for a career in academia, journalism, international organizations, think tanks, diplomacy, or non-governmental organizations, studying political science gives you an excellent vantage point.

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AUC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and is currently in the process of reaffirming its accreditation by the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE). As for institutional ranking, AUC is ranked 395th globally in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

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Dalia Abbas '13 receives the Harvard Intellectual Contribution Award

Alumna Wins Harvard Intellectual Contribution Award

Dalia Abbas '13, political science graduate, earned her Master's in Education (EdM) — Technology, Innovation, and Education — from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received the Harvard Intellectual Contribution Award, which honors students "whose dedication to scholarship enhanced the academic life of the community and positively impacted their fellow students" at Harvard.

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Political Science Summer School for Training Junior Faculty

AUC Trains Junior Political Science Faculty from Universities Across Egypt

AUC's Department of Political Science held its first summer school for the training of junior faculty from universities across Egypt. The candidates were mentored by some of the most accomplished scholars in the field including AUC Trustees Nathan Brown (CASA '84), professor of political science and international affairs at The George Washington University, and Tarek Masoud, professor of public policy and the Sultan Oman Pr

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Student Serage Amatory Selected as Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Serage Amatory, political science and multimedia journalism double major and recipient of the Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarship at AUC, was chosen to receive a fully funded scholarship to pursue his graduate studies at Stanford University as a member of the 2019 Knight-Hennessy Scholars program. AUC is the only University in the Middle East that has representatives in this year's cohort of the program.

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Programs Offered

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Political Science

Political science is the systematic study of structures and processes involved in government, policymaking and political life. Political scientists seek to understand relations between and among nations, to study the institutions that organize these relations, and to explore relationships between politics, economics and society. AUC's program emphasizes the study of the Middle East, Africa and the developing world.
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Political Science - MA

The graduate program in Political Science Department offers advanced study in the discipline of Political Science, with particular emphasis and specializations in three areas; Comparative Politics; International Relations, and; Development Studies. 
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Political Science, Joint Program with University of Tubingen (Comparative and Middle East Politics and Society)

The Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo and the Institute of Political Science at the University of Tubingen conduct a joint MA program in Comparative Middle East Politics and Society.
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Political Science - Graduate Diploma

The Diploma in Political Science is designed as a one-year (two semesters) program for students who wish to enhance their professional qualifications or pursue an academic interest in the field of politics.
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Our Journal

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The selected papers in this Fall 2019 issue address a range of interrelated and timely topics in the present period, including border policing, political exclusion, the mobilization of space and nature as part of state formation, the politics of media and communication, and collective struggle in policed spaces. The papers in this issue begin a discussion around the relationship between state policies, political resistance movements, and our scholarly work and responsibilities as members of academic institutions.

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Contact Us

AUC New Cairo, AUC Avenue, P.O.BOX 74, New Cairo 11835, Egypt

Department of Political Science
Room 2004, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall (HUSS)

tel 20.2.2615.1967