Law and Society (BA)

Offered by the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology, School of Public Affairs.

Admission to the Program

New freshman and transfer students are admitted through the Office of Admissions. Current students who wish to transfer into the department or develop a double major should have a grade point average of 2.50 or higher and the approval of the undergraduate academic advisor.

  • 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

  • 36 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 credit hours at or above the 300-level

Course Requirements

Required (18 credit hours)

Electives (18 credit hours)

Complete 18 credit hours, with a minimum of 15 credit hours at or above the 300-level from the following:

Combined Law and Society (BA) and Justice, Law and Criminology (MS)

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.