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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


Sociology Electives

  • 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 BA and MA in Sociology

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 Degrees for more information.

This program enables qualified students to earn, in a continuous plan of study, both the BA and MA in Sociology.


  • Students should apply for this program in the second semester of the junior year. Students must have a minimum overall 3.00 grade point average. Admissions decisions to the combined program follow the same procedures and standards used to evaluate graduate applicants to the MA Students interested in applying to this combined program should consult with their advisor and other faculty members before formal application is begun.
  • All requirements for the BA in Sociology
    • Undergraduate students may apply up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework in sociology, including STAT-514 Statistical Methods, to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.
  • All requirements for the MA in Sociology, including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master's degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master's program.

Career Success

Sociology majors received tips for career success from panel speakers from Campaign for Better Care to Social Dynamics.

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Program Questions

For questions about the undergraduate sociology program, email Andrea Brenner.