BA in Middle East Studies
Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary program. Students choose from a wide variety of courses taught by scholars from various academic disciplines, including political science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, Egyptology, economics, Arab and Islamic civilization, women and gender, public policy, international law, and global affairs. Through the intensive study of the region’s history, culture, and current issues, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the modern Middle East.
Students of the Program
Students choose from a wide variety of courses taught by scholars from various academic disciplines in order to acquire a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the Middle East, including political science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, Egyptology, economics, Arab and Islamic civilization, women, and gender, public policy, international law, and global affairs.
Taking full advantage of being situated in Cairo, Middle East Studies Center combines its rich offerings of academic study with a unique opportunity for students to engage in the intellectual and cultural, and artistic life of one of the historic centers of the Middle East. The Arabic Language Institute at AUC also offers students immersion in Arabic to complement their academic study.
The program offers students ample opportunities to develop practical skills outside the classroom. Through participation in conferences, lectures, and workshops, students present impactful research in anthropology, religion, history, political science, economics, gender, law, and literature
Program director and professor of practice, Karim Haggag '92, gives a short brief about AUC’s middle east studies undergraduate program
Graduates of the Middle East Studies Center have pursued careers in a wide variety of areas relating to the Middle East, including academia, diplomacy, international civil service, nonprofit, business and finance, public relations, journalism, and more.
Alumni of the Program
Alumni of the program include Munehiro Anzawa (MA ’11), second secretary political and cultural affairs at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Hend Eltaweel ’08, ’16, assistant inter-agency coordination officer at the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR); and Timothy Kennett (MA ’16), country director for Yemen at Samaritan's Purse.
Alumni have pursued a range of interesting and varied careers working for prominent entities such as the United Nations, the United States Embassy in Cairo, and Egypt’s Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation.