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Social Sciences at American University

Every social sciences school has its own distinct culture and strengths. We've pulled together some statistics and other details to help you see how the social sciences program at American University stacks up to those at other schools.

The American University is located in Washington, District of Columbia and approximately 14,001 students attend the school each year. In the 2020-2021 academic year, 764 students received a bachelor's degree in social sciences from The American University.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Social Sciences section at the bottom of this page.

The American University Social Sciences Degrees Available

  • Basic Certificate in Social Sciences (Less Than 1 Year)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences
  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences
  • Doctorate Degree in Social Sciences

Online Classes Are Available at The American University

If you are a working student or have a busy schedule, you may want to consider taking online classes. While these classes used to be mostly populated by returning adults, more and more traditional students are turning to this option.

For those who are interested in distance learning, The American University does offer online courses in social sciences for the following degree levels:

The American University Social Sciences Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the social sciences progam at The American University compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The social sciences major at The American University is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Social Sciences. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Popular Social Sciences Master’s Degree Schools 6
Most Popular Online Social Sciences Basic Certificate Schools 21
Most Popular Social Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools 71
Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools 109
Best Value Social Sciences Schools 433

In 2021, 349 students received their master’s degree in social sciences from The American University. This makes it the #6 most popular school for social sciences master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 13 students who received their doctoral degrees in social sciences, making the school the #88 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Social Sciences Student Demographics at The American University

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the social sciences majors at American University.

The American University Social Sciences Bachelor’s Program

58% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 764 students who earned a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from The American University in 2020-2021, 42% were men and 58% were women.


About 59% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in social sciences at The American University are white. This is above average for this degree on the nationwide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from American University with a bachelor's in social sciences.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 60
Black or African American 41
Hispanic or Latino 105
White 450
International Students 50
Other Races/Ethnicities 58

The American University Social Sciences Master’s Program

60% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 349 social sciences majors earned their master's degree from The American University. Of these graduates, 40% were men and 60% were women.


The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from American University with a master's in social sciences.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 16
Black or African American 31
Hispanic or Latino 36
White 163
International Students 39
Other Races/Ethnicities 64

The American University also has a doctoral program available in social sciences. In 2021, 13 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Concentrations Within Social Sciences

Social Sciences majors may want to concentrate their studies in one of these areas. The table shows all degrees awarded in this field awarded for all degree levels at American University. A concentration may not be available for your level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
International Relations & National Security 700
Political Science & Government 242
Economics 142
Sociology 25
Anthropology 23

Careers That Social Sciences Grads May Go Into

A degree in social sciences can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for DC, the home state for American University.

Occupation Jobs in DC Average Salary in DC
Managers 19,910 $147,460
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 6,930 $79,770
Economists 6,380 $134,260
High School Teachers 3,850 $65,180
Political Scientists 3,220 $120,610


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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