Welcome to the Department of International Studies at American University of Sharjah. Located in Sharjah, a cultural capital of the Arab world, the Department of International Studies provides an ideal vantage point for students to engage in multidisciplinary approaches to understand the complex political, economic, social and cultural conditions in the region and beyond. Our mission is to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing world and to become responsible, active global citizens.
Our department is home to five disciplines—anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology, and two programs—the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and the Master of Arts in International Studies. Our highly qualified teacher-scholars hold degrees from some of the world’s top universities and are active researchers. The growth of our department reflects the increasing popularity of the international studies field in the region and the success of our alumni. |-BREAK-|
Our department is well known for being a vibrant academic community that encourages interaction between students and faculty. Students can take part in a wide range of extracurricular activities organized by student organizations, such as the International Studies Student Association (INSA). A student journal, INSpire, publishes the best student work each year. The AUS Model United Nations (AUSMUN) is the department’s most well-known activity and has made a huge impact on the student organizers and attendees since it was founded in 2007. Our faculty has also supported student participation in the Jessup Moot Court competitions both regionally and globally.
Being part of a leading university in the Arab world, our department prepares students for different and exciting career paths, including graduate studies, positions in government and non-government organizations, the media industry and innovative businesses. We continue to strengthen our globally oriented programs and create an inclusive learning environment.
We invite you to explore our website and get in touch with us to learn more about our programs.
Yuting Wang, PhD
Professor of Sociology and Head of Department
The International Studies program at AUS is known across the campus for its vibrant and close-knit student community. Playing a large part in achieving this strong sense of community are the student organizations.
The Department of International Studies (INS) proudly sponsors the AUS Model United Nations (MUN). Run under the supervision of INS faculty members, the event attracts delegates from local and regional high schools as well as teams and individual participants from India, Pakistan and even the United Kingdom. United Nations delegates discuss issues ranging from nuclear proliferation to global food policies. Founded in 2007, the annual gathering has grown from 180 delegates in 2014 to 1,200 in the Spring 2023.
For more information on AUS MUN, please contact [email protected]
Every semester, INSA hosts a variety of interesting and engaging events that offer students insight on a range of topics, from current events to scholarly matters. Through INSA-hosted talks, students get to hear from expert speakers such as government officials, leading academics, motivational speakers and more. On a broader scale, INSA organizes annual conferences that tackle timely topics such as climate change and migration, drawing student attendees from around the world.
Recognizing the value of hands-on experience, INSA hosts engaging trips that help students learn about various organizations, fields or causes and can even spark their professional interests. One example is the INSA visit to the UAE warehouse of the World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.
Rounding out each semester is the INSA gala dinner, which celebrates that semester’s graduating class. Attended by faculty and students, INSA’s galas mark this important milestone in students’ lives and reflect the spirit of the tight-knit community that international studies students and faculty members embody.
All international studies majors are automatically members of INSA and can vote for the association’s officers. As the student-led representative arm of the international studies program, INSA elects new board members at the conclusion of every academic year to serve for two-semester terms. INSA is advised by a faculty member from the Department of International Studies.
INSpire's mission is to publish exceptional undergraduate research papers written by our students and to provide an easily accessible platform for students. INSpire offers students who wish to pursue a career in academia a unique learning experience in the process of publishing peer-reviewed research. The journal also reflects the interdisciplinarity of the Department of International Studies and the diversity of AUS. All papers that are eligible for publication with INSpire go through a multi-stage peer-review process by our Editorial Board, which is under the supervision of our faculty advisors. At INSpire, faculty advisors ensure that student editors abide by a formal editorial process and only publish papers that meet high-quality standards.
Launched in September 2021, INScription is a monthly department newsletter that provides an informal channel for students and faculty to stay connected with our growing INS community. Each newsletter publishes interviews with selected faculty members and students, features faculty and students’ academic achievements or extracurricular activities, and announces future events.
To submit materials to the newsletter editorial team, please contact Ghazal Hijazi at [email protected].
Given the multidisciplinary nature of the Department of International Studies, our distinct faculty are engaged in a wide range of research projects. Students get the opportunity to participate in research, or assist professors with organization of research information. They also get the chance to contribute independent ideas, co-author papers with professors, and present their work at professional conferences.
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- Smiling During the Pandemic: The Case of Algeria’s ‘Revolution of Smiles (Sammy Badran)
- Transforming Societies: Generation, Geography, and Belonging in a Diverse State (Bethany Shockley)
The Department of International Studies is housed in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSB). The department has a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Tables arranged along the mezzanine make inviting places to study, relax or socialize with friends, and the professors’ offices are always open for students who need assistance or just want to talk. Classrooms are equipped with media projectors and whiteboards and some are active learning spaces that combine studio-style seating with interactive technology.
The international studies program (INS) is writing intensive and requires mastery of a large amount of source material, so the second most important building on campus for INS majors is the library.
As one of the region's premier archival centers, the AUS Library is an outstanding facility that provides collections, services and programs to support the curricular and research needs of the entire university community. The majority of our library's rapidly growing physical collection is in English; however, there are also materials available in Arabic.
Our students have access to an online catalog system that can be used to search for library materials from any location on or off campus. They can also access e-books, online databases, full-text journals and other digital resources. Books and articles not available in either hard or electronic copies can be obtained through the excellent interlibrary loan department.
The International Studies program at AUS entails exploring the relations between states and other economic and political elements in the international system. It challenges and encourages students to study and examine international and global concerns from multiple perspectives, and fosters a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the international community. Through this program, students gain insight into the political, economic, historical, cultural, and geographical changes occurring worldwide. Additionally, they are also encouraged to design, implement, and assess international public policy.
With an emphasis on critical thinking and creative problem solving, a degree in international studies can lead to many diverse and rewarding career paths.
SEE WHERE OUR ALUMNI ARE HAVING AN IMPACT.
Bin Haider Advocates & Legal Consultants
Deloitte & Touche
Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency)
The Emirates Center For Strategic Studies & Research
For more information about our department or programs, please contact us:
Department of International Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
American University of Sharjah
P.O. Box 26666
Dr. Yuting Wang
Tel +971 6 515 2522
Fax +971 6 515 5067
Ghazal Mahmoud Hijazi
Tel +971 6 515 2823
Fax +971 6 515 5067
For admission information, please visit https://infodesk.aus.edu, sign up and post your query.