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Sociology

Sociology (BA)

Offered by the Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires department approval.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 42 credit hours with grades of C or better; no more than 9 credit hours may be at the 100- or 200-level

Course Requirements

Required (18 credit hours)

Sociology Electives (24 credit hours)

  • Complete 24 credit hours in sociology electives, with no more than 6 credits at the 100- or 200-level, and at least 3 credits at the 400-level or above (not including SOCY-491 or SOCY-492).

Combined Sociology (BA) and Sociology (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degreesfor more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • Students must have a minimum overall 3.00 grade point average. Students interested in applying to this combined program should consult with their advisor and other faculty members before formal application is begun.
  • Undergraduate students may apply up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework in sociology, including STAT-514 Statistical Methods (3), to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.

Program Questions

For questions about the undergraduate sociology program, please contact Professor Michelle Newton-Francis: mnewtonf@american.edu.

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