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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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Message From The Chair

Welcome to the Department of Political Science at AUC. Harold Lasswell, in 1936, defined political science as the study of ‘who gets what, when, and how'. If economics is concerned with increasing national wealth and incomes, politics is about the distribution of that wealth based on some preconceived understanding of what is fair and just.

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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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Amr Adly

Amr Adly Awarded for Innovative Book Exploring Egypt’s Fraught Market-Making Efforts

Amr Adly, assistant professor in AUC’s Department of Political Science, uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine the interrelationship between politics, society and economic development in Egypt and th

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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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Graduate Programs



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Political Science with specializations in Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Development Studies: 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): MA

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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Undergraduate Programs

Major and Minor



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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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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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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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Our Journal

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The Spring 2021 Edition of the Journal builds on our previous publications and speaks to our students’ interests in international politics and state-society relations. Having lived through a decade filled with dichotomies ranging from uprisings to civil wars in the region, a re-evaluation of Western colonial legacies in the South, and a rise of new international networks promoting gender equality and women empowerment worldwide, our students and in particular the authors of this issue, have engaged in these international debates with interesting insights either through articles, book reviews or film reviews. 

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Latest Publications

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Cleft Capitalism

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Egypt in the Modern Era

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Origins and Consequences of Economic Globalization

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Varieties of Authoritarianism


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)

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