Graduation Requirements - Undergraduate

A Bachelor's degree usually requires four academic years of study and a minimum of 128 credit hours, which are accumulated by taking a series of courses. Each completed course counts as one to four credits toward a degree.

Students graduate with one of two degrees depending on the academic discipline studied: the Bachelor of Arts (BA) for a major in the humanities, social sciences, communications, and business, or the Bachelor of Science (BSc) for a major in Computer Science, International Finance, Mathematics and Computer Science, or Quantitative Environmental Science. BA and BSc Degrees are awarded to candidates who meet the following criteria: 

  • Completion of a minimum of 128 credits, distributed among:
  • A minimum GPA of 2.00 with no grade below “C-” in courses specified as requirements for the major and/or for the minor. 
  • At least 64 credits, including the last 16, earned in residence at AUP. 
  • Completion of at least half the upper-level courses required for the degree at The American University of Paris. 
  • Clearance of all financial obligations to the University. 
  • Any additional restrictions imposed by specific departments. 

Students are awarded the BA or BSc degree based on requirements in effect at the time of matriculation. However, the student may choose to follow any new requirements implemented during his/her time at AUP. 

The University confers BA, BSc and MA Degrees in January, May, and July. A graduation ceremony is held in May for students (both graduate and undergraduate) who have completed all the necessary graduation requirements. 



Course Number Course Name Prerequisites
EN 2020 CCE (minimum grade of "C") Writing & Criticism EN1010 (minimum grade of "C")
FR 1200 CCF (or above) (minimum grade of "C") Elementary French & Culture II  FR1100 (minimum grade of "C")
CCI 1 Four Integrative Inquiry Courses (course type CCI)
(May not overlap with major, at least one must be at AUP. All courses must be outside the major's disciplinary base.)

Freshmen satisfy CCI courses as follows: FirstBridge (two courses) and two additional CCI courses outside the major discipline. FirstBridge courses may not replace major requirements.

Transfer students satisfy CCI courses as follows: four CCI courses outside the major discipline; at least one CCI must be taken at AUP.
CCI 2  
CCI 3  
CCI 4  
Math course coded CCM Quantitative Reasoning  
Lab science course coded CCS Experimental Reasoning  


These grade requirements are effective for all students completing degree requirements from the catalog year of 2022-23 or later, regardless of their semester of matriculation.