Anthropology is the comparative study of people, societies and cultures in all their variations across time and space. Anthropology spans the social and natural sciences as well as the humanities, offering interpretations of all aspects of human life. It consists of four sub-disciplines – socio-cultural, linguistics, archaeology and physical Anthropology. Anthropology at AUC focuses on cultural and social anthropology. The Unit is committed to basic and applied research as a crucial underpinning for offering critical, reflexive and empirically informed interpretations of global and historical cultural diversity. Our emphasis on research is complemented by a critical engagement with classic and more recent theoretical orientations in the field of anthropology. The research and teaching interests of the Department range from the anthropology of development, economic anthropology, gender and feminism, kinship studies, the anthropology of religion and symbolic systems, psychological anthropology, medical anthropology, to colonialism, power, identity and globalization.
Bachelor of Arts
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. In doing so, it seeks to foster understanding of the transformation of society and culture in Egypt and the region. The program also engages with other parts of the world, such as Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Our aim is prepare students for graduate studies and for living and working in an increasingly complex and changing world. Upon graduation our students are well-positioned to pursue careers in teaching, research and applied anthropology, such as in international development agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector, social service, media, and heritage preservation.
The minor in anthropology provides students with a basic knowledge of anthropological method and theory from a cross-cultural perspective on selected aspects of the world’s cultures and societies.