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    The American University in Cairo
  Jan 22, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Sociology (B.A.)

Sociology is the systematic study of society with special attention to social interaction and the social making of humans. It investigates the forces that hold society together and that threaten to pull it apart through the analysis of interaction at every level from micro-group interaction to competition of nation states. Having as its goal a holistic understanding of human society, human beings and their lives, sociology is relevant to a wide range of other disciplines and every day life issues. As a result, sociology has a broad scope that includes culture, family, gender, crime, religion, politics, development, population, and urbanization, among others. Besides their coursework, sociology majors are given the opportunity to carry out supervised field research as a part of their undergraduate program.

Bachelor of Arts

In addition to the possibility of pursuing advanced graduate work in sociology or related fields, majors are trained for employment in international development agencies, government, non-governmental organizations or the private sector in social and community services or research and managerial positions.

In order to declare the major in sociology, students must pass SOC 2101  with at least a “B”. Continuation within the major is dependent on maintaining at least 2.5 GPA within their concentration requirements. Students must take SOC 4107  in their last full academic year. Courses at the 500-level are also open to selected advanced undergraduates.

Students need to fill out the application for declaration form. Upon review and approval of the application, students may be asked to sit for a short interview.

A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in sociology:

Core Curriculum (40 credits)

Additional Requirements

Two additional 3000 level courses in sociology
Three additional 4000 level courses in sociology

Certain courses listed with other disciplines can be substituted with the approval of the adviser and unit head to our 3000 level and 4000 level requirement.

Additional Requirements

Five additional courses from any social science or humanities discipline, or relevant substitutes, to be approved by the advisor, at least three of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Electives (14 credits)


Footnote 1: Cross listed with Anthropology