Skills of sociologists and anthropologists are increasingly valued in a world in which there is a need for people who understand complex organizational systems and cross cultural partnerships. Graduates can enter a variety of fields such as education, health care, museum curation, social work, international development, government planning, organizational psychology, non-profit management, marketing and publishing.
The Department of SOAM strives to be a vibrant community of research and learning organized around a triple set of scholarly commitments: • Critical social theory • Rigorous methodologies of field inquiry for social research • Communication of knowledge and information that matters on a range of social and political issues During the three years, students take a wide range of courses covering the fundamentals of sociological and anthropological theory. Students are trained in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Students are encouraged to diversify their elective courses from a range of topics and issues, such: as politics, religion, health or art. Many courses also include a fieldwork component where students are expected to design and conduct research projects that take them outside the AUB campus.
Students completing 12 years of schooling and doing one of the following programs: High School Program, SAT program, AP program, IGCSE (O Levels), IB Certificate or any other school leaving certificate (other than Lebanese Baccalaureate) can apply to the freshman program at AUB.
The freshman program is a majorless year (2 regular semesters) whereby the student can take different courses and follow either a scientific track or a track in humanities. Once the student completes the freshman year, he/she gets to enroll in a specific major at the sophomore level based on his/her average or GPA.
To apply for regular admissions, the student needs to submit an undergraduate application along with the following documents:
a. SAT1 results
b. High school records during grades 10 and 11
c. Counselor/Teacher recommendation(s)/Extracurricular Activities/Other Achievements
Once the student is admitted, he/she will be required to present evidence of having successfully completed Grade 12 and show a level of proficiency in the English language by obtaining a minimum score of 573 on the paper based TOEFL OR 230 on the Computer Based TOEFL (OR 88 on Internet Based TOEFL), OR 500 on the University English Entrance Examination (EEE) OR 380 and above on the writing section of the OLD SATI (Jan 2016 or Earlier) OR 5.5 on IELTS (for IELTS we also requires an additional English Placement test to be done at AUB).
AUB’s Office of Financial Aid has devised several types of need-based assistance programs. These include grants based on the financial status of the student’s family, student loans at low interest rates and favorable repayment options, academic merit scholarships, work study programs that allow students to finance their education while acquiring professional skills at various offices in the University, and assistantships for graduate students.
The AUB scholarship program ensures that students who meet the University's academic standards will have the opportunity to receive an AUB education.
AUB has always been committed to educating students from different nationalities, religions, races, and political persuasions. We are working hard to make sure that economic background is not a factor in the admission process. The University's liberal arts curricular and educational philosophy rests on the principles of intellectual freedom, scientific reasoning, and exposure to a wide range of ideas. AUB encourages concentration in a field of study and seeks to cultivate morally conscious citizens.