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The American University in Cairo's Middle East Studies Center draws upon various methods and disciplines of study. The interdisciplinary nature of the Area Studies program provides students with exposure to a variety of curricula offered by the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Students are given the unique opportunity to study the Middle East through an array of historical, sociological, political and economic frameworks.

Our location in Cairo, one of the richest historical and contemporary centers in the Middle East and only a short flight away from its capital cities, allows us to bridge the gap between the lecture hall and the social world. This location offers a rich intellectual and cultural landscape of scholars, artists and activists from the Middle East and beyond.

The mission of the Middle East Studies Center is a vivid expression of the horizons of a liberal arts education. The center provides students with academic credentials and firsthand knowledge to pursue careers in academia, diplomacy and the nonprofit sector, as well as business, finance, public relations, journalism and cultural affairs.

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