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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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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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Programs Offered

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Egyptology is the scientific study of the history and culture of ancient Egypt, from the earliest times to the Arab conquest, a time span covering some 4,600 years.  Egyptology covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization, from language and religion to art, architecture, and social structure.
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Sociology is the systematic study of society with special attention to social interaction and the social making of humans. It investigates the forces that hold society together and that threaten to pull it apart through the analysis of interaction at every level from micro-group interaction to competition of nation-states.
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Anthropology Class

Sociology - Anthropology

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.
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AUC’s Egyptology program provides students with a unique opportunity to gain insight and experience from leading international experts on a wide range of topics, from language and religion to art, architecture and the social structure of the ancient Egyptians. 
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The undergraduate program aims to present the main themes and trends in cultural and social anthropological thought and practice and thereby to nurture critical, intercultural, and reflexive perspectives as part of liberal education.
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Development Studies

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 and Organizing

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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Fayza Haikal Receives Special Award of Excellence from International Association of Egyptologists

The International Association of Egyptologists awarded Fayza Haikal, professor of Egyptology at AUC, an Honorary Membership — the association's highest accolade — "for a lifetime of brilliant scholarly contributions to Egyptology." Only four other people have ever been recognized with this honor since the establishment of the association in the early 1970s.

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Women in Ancient Egypt Current Research and Historical Trends

International scholars and Egyptologists from Egypt, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany and a host of other countries will be at AUC Tahrir Square from October 31 to November 2 for the Women in Ancient Egypt: Current Research and Historical Trends conference, the first-of-its-kind in Egypt and the Middle East. 

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Harvard Partners with AUC's Department of Egyptology

After years of remote study and intermittent contact, AUC successfully signed an agreement with Harvard University to establish long-term relations and increased cooperation, especially between Harvard and AUC's Department of Egyptology. As part of this new partnership, AUC will be hosting a Harvard PhD student in Spring 2019.

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