WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$19,241 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Cairo Campus
Application Deadline: March 2021
Programme Overview

Political science is the systematic study of structures and processes involved in government, policymaking and political life. Political scientists seek to understand relations between and among nations, to study the institutions that organize these relations, and to explore relationships between politics, economics and society. AUC’s program emphasizes the study of the Middle East, Africa and the developing world. Students may major or minor in political science, with specializations as listed below.
Political Science at AUC is taught as a humanistic discipline with the overall objectives of fostering understanding of the contemporary world and developing knowledge about, and an appreciation of, the complex mechanisms, authoritative structures, and the allocation of values, which characterize contemporary human communities. Political Science at AUC requires students to develop abilities of comprehension and analysis, and skills for oral and written presentations. The graduate of Political Science is thus well equipped for life in the modern world, and to follow those professions and lines of work that require independence of thought, initiative, creativity in solving problems, and continuing self development. AUC graduates of Political Science are presently found in business, journalism, research, analytic writing, and public contact work. They occupy positions in public, private, development agencies, the diplomatic service, governmental ministries and agencies, and university teaching. A significant number of past graduates have subsequently completed M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.
For students to declare a major in Political Science, they should have a minimum of 2.5 GPA, and must take either POLS 1001 or POLS 2003. POLS 1001 fulfills the Social Science requirement at the primary level of the Core Curriculum and is not counted as part of the 45-48 credits required for the Political Science major. If POLS 1001 is not taken in the Freshman year,POLS 2003 must be taken after the Freshman Year by those wishing to major in Political Science. Students wishing to transfer from another major after their sophomore year will be considered on a case by case basis. Junior-year (3000-level) courses are required in four subfields and are prerequisites to the more advanced courses and seminars (4000-level). Each semester, a selection of 3000 and 4000 level courses and seminars is offered from which students may choose courses to complete the requirements of the major.


A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in Political Science:

**Core Curriculum (40 credits)
**Political Science Requirements (45 – 48 credits) to be taken as follows:
1. if POLS 1001 has already been taken in the Freshman Year:
30 credits (10 courses) in the concentration plus 18 credits (6 courses) as electives.
2. if POLS 1001 has not been taken in the Freshman Year:
**33 credits (11 courses) in the concentration plus 12-15 credits (4-5 courses) as electives.

**Collateral requirements: (6 credits)
**General Electives: (26-29 credits)

All Political Science major and minor students must abide by the following regulations:
– ENGL 0210  is a prerequisite to POLS 1001 and POLS 2003
– RHET 1010  is a prerequisite to POLS 2104  and all 3000 level POLS courses
– RHET 1020 is a prerequisite to all 4000 level POLS courses

For all Political Science students:
**Political Science concentration requirements (30-33 credits)
– Introduction to Political Science II (3 cr.)
– Introduction to Political Science II (3 cr.)
– This course must be taken if, and only if,POLS 1001 was not taken during the Freshman year.
– Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science (3 cr.)
– History and International Politics (3 cr.)
– History of Political Theory l (3 cr.)
– History of Political Theory II (3 cr.)
– Comparative Politics of the Middle East (3 cr.)
– Introduction to Development (3 cr.)
– ECON 3053  can substitute for POLS 3510 for students double majoring in Political Science and Economics. ECON 3053 will fulfill the requirement in both majors
– Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 cr.)
– Introduction to International Relations Theories (3 cr.)
– Introduction to Political Economy (3 cr.)
– Introduction to Public International Law (3 cr.)

**Collateral Requirements (6 Credits)
– One Modern History course (not to be taken as an independent study) in addition to:
– ECON 201/2021 – Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 cr.)

**General Electives (29 Credits)

Admission Requirements

The university and the Egyptian Ministry of Education require that all students joining AUC undergraduate program complete a minimum of twelve years of primary and secondary education prior to enrollment in university courses. Applicants must provide proof, that they have completed at least twelve years of education.

All undergraduate degree-seeking admission applicants are required to submit official secondary school academic transcripts, and certificates. Applicants who have attempted post-secondary studies must also submit official academic transcripts, and/ certificates from each post-secondary school attended regardless of whether they have earned credit or seek transfer credit. All academic records not in English or Arabic must be accompanied by certified English translations.

All undergraduate degree applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting valid Academic IELTS, or International TOEFL or completed college-level English coursework.

Non-Egyptian Applicants and/or their sponsors must provide official evidence indicating that a minimum of $36,000 is available to cover the tuition, fees, travel, and living expenses for the first year of study at the University’

Application Process
Application Fees for Egyptian Students: $84
Application Fees for International Students: $84

How to Apply
1- Submit the online application form. (Application is available online only). The application can be renewed from the fall to the spring semester of the same academic year only. A new application should be submitted for a new academic year.
2- Fulfill the requirements of your secondary school certificate. The most common secondary school certificates accepted by AUC are listed below. The minimum cut-off scores for each certificate may change from one semester to another according to University requirements. Having the minimum academic requirements does not grant you an offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process.
– Thanawiya Amma
– German Abitur
– IGCSE/GCSE/GCE British Certificate
– International Baccalaureate
– French Baccalaureate
– American High School Diploma
– Canadian Certificates
– Other Certificates

1. Late submission of admission credentials decreases your chances of declaring science and engineering majors because places in these programs are limited.
2. Check that you have fulfilled all the University’s language requirements, as demonstrated by your TOEFL/IELTS scores.
– Results of the TOEFL/IELTS exams may be sent directly to the admissions office. AUC’s code number is 0903
– Both tests should be completed no more than two years prior to the first day of the term for which you are applying for admission
– English placement depends on your TOEFL/IELTS test scores
– Students who believe their placement in the ELI is not appropriate for their level of English proficiency are encouraged to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS. AUC does not offer “exemption” exams of any kind
– The deadline to submit improved English placement test scores is the last working day before the first day of classes each semester

3. Check that you have submitted all required documents by the set deadlines. Your application and a final admission decision will be pending the submission of all these documents. Applications submitted after the set deadlines will be considered according to space availability.
4. Provisional Admission: AUC considers the most academically qualified applicants for provisional admission if they earned excellent grades or submitted the necessary documents prior to the set deadlines.
5. Final acceptance will be given after submitting your final transcript and proof of graduation by or before the assigned deadlines.

About the Application Deadlines:
**Spring Semester (American system) which begins in January and ends in early May, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline October 1, 2020.
**Fall Semester (American system) which starts in late August and ends in late December, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline March 1, 2021.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for Bachelor of Arts in Political Science include:
– Policy Analyst
– Legislative Assistant
– Public Relations Specialist
– Social Media Manager
– Marketing Research Analyst
Political Consultant
– Attorney
– Intelligence Analyst

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Tuition Fees for Egyptian Students: $19,241
Tuition Fees for International Students: $21,858

**Tuition Fee per year for Egyptian Students: 305,827EGP ($19,410)
**Tuition Fee per year for International Students: 347,424EGP ($22,050)
– The tuition rate is based on a flat rate of $647 for Egyptian students per credit hour and $735 for international students per credit hour.
– Tuition fees for Egyptian students may be paid in Egyptian pounds according to CIB (Commercial International Bank) exchange rate on the day of payment. Tuition fees for international students must be paid in US dollars.
– Tuition fees are collected each semester. No student with an outstanding bill (including charges for breakage or library fines) will be admitted to any examination, given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Rabab El Mahdi
Chair, Department of Political Science
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries