• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Sociology explores how individuals, through their collective actions, create and change patterns of social relations and how, in turn, these social relations influence people’s lives. Sociologists focus on three major levels of analysis, from whole societies as elements of wider global systems, to social institutions such as education, health care, and politics as components of society, to individuals interacting in social groups as small as two people. 


They also study varied processes of social change, from migration to movements of social justice, from urbanization to environmental policy. Finally, sociologists study a wide variety of themes, from racism and sexuality to pop culture and technology. This quest for knowledge is both an end and a pathway for informed social change.

Students of the Accelerator Program - Sociology (BA) from American University Washington DC take core courses in sociological theory and research methods, and courses in an area of emphasis. Membership in the American University chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honor society in Sociology, is open to qualifying majors. The society sponsors lectures and other activities that involve undergraduates in the professional workings of the discipline.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • U.S. Society in a Global Perspective 
  • Views from the Global South 
  • Power, Privilege, and Inequality 
  • The Rise of Critical Social Thought 
  • Introduction to Social Research 
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research

        English Language Requirements

        • Minimum required score:


          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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        • Minimum required score:


          The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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        Academic Requirements

        You need the following GPA score:

        Required score: 3

        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

        General Requirements

        • American University offers several ways for international students to enter their first year. 
        • The entry path that is best for you will depend on your academic qualifications, your English-language level, and your own personal preferences.

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          52164 USD/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 52160 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
        • Entering Fall: $52,881
        • Entering Spring: $52,160

        Living costs for Washington, D. C.

        • 1705 - 2980 USD/month
          Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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