Social Sciences (B.A.)
This Bachelor's degree programme offers you a broad education in Social Sciences: During the first semester, you will receive a theoretical, methodical and scientific overview of social issues. Only in the second semester will you opt for two subjects in the Social Sciences. Additionally, you will focus your personal profile by specialising in Law and/or Economics, advanced studies in Social Anthropology or Pedagogy or a further subject in the Social Sciences.
- Social Sciences
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
- Teaching language:
- Standard period of studies:
- 6 semesters
- Start of studies:
- Winter semester only
- restricted admission (Application to the University)
- Orientation events:
- Orientation events are offered
Social sciences examine the phenomena of communal life in society with theoretical or empirical methods. Social interaction is analysed, for example individuals and their roles, groups and societies, but also social networks and structures, how they develop, how they function and how they disintegrate.
The interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree programme in Social Sciences combines broad, subject-related scientific instruction with innovative ideas from the Bologna discussion. During the first semester, students receive basic instruction in the theories and methods of social sciences. Subsequently, their knowledge is expanded in two disciplines of social science, combined with an option for specialisation. Unique in Germany is the large diversity of choices with nine subject areas.
Students of Social Sciences acquire professional competencies for a variety of occupational fields. These include market and opinion research, organisational and human resources development, employment in political parties and associations, development cooperation, cultural and educational politics, foreign affairs and international development, public relations, marketing, promotion of women and gender mainstreaming, public administration, business enterprises, town planning and regional planning, the media and cultural institutions, museums, non-governmental organisations, political education and adult education. The integrated internship provides a first opportunity for orientation towards various professions and occupational fields.
The degree programme in Social Sciences prepares students for the acquisition of more advanced scientific qualification, for example through Master’s degree programmes.
Related and consecutive/graduate programmes
- depending on specialisation:
- Labour in Society (M.A.)
- Educational Science (M.A.)
- Social and Cultural Anthropology (M.A)
- Gender Studies (M.A.)
- Global Politics: Structures and Frontiers (M.A.)
- Modern Indian Studies (M.A.)
- Diversity Studies in the Social Sciences (M.A.)
- Sociology (M.A.)
- Sport Science with emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and psycho-social health (M.A.)
- Winter and summer semester
- 1st subject semester:
- restricted admission (application to the University)
- 2nd to 6th subject semester:
- open admission (enrolment without previous application)
Study Social Sciences in Göttingen
Nothing solid? Not at all. With a Bachelor's in Social Sciences you have many opportunities to try out your skills and find a career later - in political parties, international organisations, in the cultural and museum sector or in journalism. Unique in Germany is the large diversity of choices with nine subject areas. How does a society function? What roles do individuals and groups play? How do they influence each other? You get to know theories and methods, but also many like-minded people. And: There is still enough time to experience Göttingen alongside your studies.
Our Mentoring Team
A team of students in higher semesters counsel students who have just started their BA in Social Sciences. The mentors help and support students with questions concerning their studies, certain modules and events, and the choice of subject areas and specialisations. They are involved in timetable preparation and also advise on the upcoming choice at the end of the first semester. They organise events such as tutorials on the theory exam, but also table football tournaments and barbecues.
The knowledge you acquire in the course of your studies will be brought together in the last phase of your studies by conducting interdisciplinary teaching research projects. The programme offers a special module for this purpose. Beyond the boundaries of subject areas, these projects are oriented towards socially relevant issues. Each semester a main topic from the research foci of the faculty is taken up. As equal partners in the learning process you will get to know both the diversity of our research and our teachers.