Egyptology is the scientific study of the history and culture of ancient Egypt, from the earliest years of recorded human civilization 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. Studying Egyptology at AUC includes site visits as well as occasional hands-on experience on-site or at museums.
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Bachelor of Arts
The program aims at preparing students for careers in the science of Egyptology and on the preservation and management of Egypt's material heritage. Research, writing and presentation skills are also stressed. Incoming students will:
- Acquire knowledge, appreciation and understanding of ancient Egypt's cultural heritage and its legacy in the world.
- Acquire mastery of the research tools upon which a career in Egyptology must depend, including knowledge of the ancient Egyptian language and scripts, as well as skills in excavation and site analysis.
- Prepare properly for the caring, maintenance and preservation of ancient Egypt's unique cultural heritage.
Egyptology is the science and study of ancient Egypt, including the different aspects of its material and nonmaterial culture. The minor in Egyptology is designed to provide students with a substantive introduction to ancient Egyptian civilization through the study of its history, art and architecture, religion and literature.
Minor in Coptic Studies
The minor provides students with an introduction to Coptic studies through the study of both the Pharaonic and Islamic periods. This interdisciplinary program draws primarily from Egyptology and Arabic studies, and covers religion, art, literature, and social and political history from the early days until the present. Influences between different groups, as manifested culturally, will also be studied. Although the main offerings for this minor are currently based in Egyptology and Arabic studies, other offerings from political science, religion, art history as well as history, can also be included where appropriate.