Program Description: Learn all about ancient Egypt's history and culture, from the time of the Pharaohs to the Arab conquest — a time span of some 4,600 years. AUC’s Bachelor of Arts in Egyptology covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization, from language and religion to art, architecture, social structure, and heritage management. The program also provides a first-hand experience of ancient monuments and sites.
The program’s course offerings include History of Ancient Egypt, Hieroglyphics, Culture, and Society of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egyptian Religion and Ethics, along with fieldwork courses. Learn more about the course offerings by visiting http://catalog.aucegypt.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=29&poid=5139.
What You’ll Learn
Acquire knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of ancient Egypt’s cultural heritage and its legacy in the world
Master the research tools upon which a career in Egyptology or heritage management depends, including ancient Egyptian language and scripts and skill in excavation and site analysis
Prepare to assume the responsibility of properly caring for, maintaining, and preserving ancient Egypt’s unique cultural heritage
Research, writing, critical thinking, and presentation skills
Where It Can Take You
The program equips students for careers in Egyptology and the preservation and management of Egypt’s material heritage.
AUC New Cairo
A student in good standing with the University who wishes to declare a major in Egyptology should have passed an Egyptology course (e.g., EGPT 2020) with a grade of B- or higher. Additionally, a writing sample should be submitted to the Egyptology faculty, who will then arrange for a personal interview with the student prior to declaration. The writing sample should demonstrate linguistic ability commensurate with the demands of Egyptology.
Salima Ikram (YAB ’86) (Ph.D., University of Cambridge)
Salima Ikram is a distinguished University professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo and has worked as an archaeologist in Turkey, Sudan, Greece, and the United States. She previously directed the Animal Mummy Project, the North Kharga Darb Ain Amur Survey, Valley of the Kings KV10/KV63 Mission and co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey. She has also participated in several other archaeological missions throughout Egypt. She has lectured on her work internationally and publishes in both scholarly and popular journals. She also has an active media presence.