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    Jun 13, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
American University Catalog 2023-2024

Sociology (BA)

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

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires department approval.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 42 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 24 credit hours at or above 300-level
    • No more than 12 credit hours may be at 100- or 200-level unless approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • Up to 9 credit hours outside the Sociology department may be approved. This includes study abroad, Honors, and Consortium courses, and courses in a related department. With the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, more than 9 credit hours can be applied from study abroad or other programs of distinction

Course Requirements

Department Emphasis (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from one of the following areas of department emphasis, or other approved courses:

Electives (15 credit hours)

  • 15 credit hours from SOCY  coursework with no more than 9 credit hours at 100- or 200-level unless approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Combined Sociology (BA) and Sociology Research and Practice (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

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

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