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Welcome to the Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology (SEA)

The department aims to provide quality education to students from Egypt and the world and to engage in scholarly research and publication relevant to the department’s disciplines and to Egypt, the wider Arab World, and beyond. It also strives to provide appropriate community service, participation in development programs and activities, and efforts toward the preservation of cultural heritage.

Grounded in the traditions of the liberal arts and sciences, the department’s programs contribute to the development of critical thinking, reflect the changing conditions of the world, foster a global perspective and respect for human diversity, enhance a holistic understanding of peoples and their societies and cultures, and assist in the development of socially-aware and culturally-sensitive citizens.

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 Dr. Ian Morrison

Message From the Chair

Greetings from the Department of Sociology, Egyptology, and Anthropology (SEA).We are proud of our strong liberal arts tradition as part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS) at AUC. Our department makes significant contributions to AUC’s Core Curriculum program and has introduced the importance of a liberal arts education to AUC students across the university regardless of major.

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The Study of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology

Programs Offered

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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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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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Sociology Classroom

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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Egyptology-Coptology: MA

AUC’s Egyptology-Coptology program provides students with a unique opportunity to visit sites and museums and interact directly with Egypt’s ancient heritage. Students also gain insight and experience from leading international experts in Cairo on a wide range of topics, from language and religion to art, architecture, the social structure of the ancient Egyptians, and heritage issues
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Development Studies minor

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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Community Development

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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Sociology - Anthropology: MA and Graduate Diploma

Located at the heart of the Middle East, the faculty and students engage critically with the region and the representation of its people, cultures, and politics. The program seeks to provide a thorough foundation in the principles of Sociology and Anthropology while also developing critical skills for a wide range of real-world professional situations. It offers a unique opportunity for students to conduct original research amidst an intellectually stimulating environment.
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Kingship, Power, and Legitimacy in Ancient Egypt

Kingship, Power, and Legitimacy in Ancient Egypt

Lisa Sabbahy. assistant professor of Egyptology, recently released her new book, Kingship, Power, and Legitimacy in Ancient Egypt. 

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Academic Support

Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology is available to support you and answer questions Sunday through Thursday 9 am- 3 pm.

For Student Inquiries and arranging zoom one to one meetings

Shorouk El Sayed