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Sociology (B.A.)


Does education help children out of poverty? Why do people migrate from the countryside to the city or to another country? What motivates people to join an association or a citizens' initiative? What role does religion play in global conflicts?

As an empirical science, sociology uses its research methods and techniques to produce explanations for these social phenomena. Observations, interviews or social statistics are used to analyse human relationships between couples, families, groups and entire societies and link them to theories. The aim is to discover and explain general patterns of behaviour and interpretation, rules and structures.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Full-time studies or Part-time studies
Standard period of study:
6 semesters
Only the winter semester
Language of the programme:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)
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The Bachelor's Programme in Sociology conveys basic subject knowledge that is necessary for continuing on with a Master's programme and for changing over to the working world. Students acquire the skills they need to grasp the main correlations of the subject and to apply the fundamental scientific methods and findings.

Students will learn skills in formulating sociological questions, in analysing social problems and phenomena and in applying the more important sociological methods. These qualifcations enable their entry into different occupational fields (press, mass media, public relations, work in associations, continuing education and non-school related youth education and youth assistance, in the field of public administration on a federal level, state and community level, as well as in human resources of business and organisations). They also prepare themselves for continuing on to acquire an additional scientific degree.

Aside from sufficient fundamental knowledge in the subject Sociology, students will acquire in-depth knowledge in special sociological areas through elective compulsory modules. In addition, students have the possibility to build a concentration in the area of social policy.

The Bachelor's programme not only conveys subject-specific knowledge but also key competencies required for successful entry into the working world or for admission to a Master's programme.

a) An application-oriented profile enables students to acquire general and subject-specific occupational skills. .

b) A scientific-oriented profile aims to convey the foundation to continue on with a consecutive occupational-qualifying degree in the form of a Master's programme.

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In the first semesters, you will acquire basic knowledge of academic work and the subject of sociology by studying classical and modern theories in lectures and seminars. In addition, you will receive sound methodological training in quantitative, statistical and qualitative research methods through lectures and exercises. The compulsory elective modules allow students to specialise in the sociology of work and economics, political sociology and the sociology of the welfare state or cultural sociology. Exemplary studies as well as the respective field of research are taught in lectures with in-depth seminar discussions.

At the beginning of your degree programme, you will receive an information booklet for first-semester students. This booklet contains all the important information for your degree programme (modules to be taken, specialisations, contact persons, etc.) and will accompany you throughout your studies.

Non-sociological area of expertise (Further information)
In addition to the sociology degree programme, a second subject must be studied as a non-sociological area of competence, for example economics and law, gender studies, political science. You can find a complete overview here.

Professionalisation area
The professionalisation area consists of the optional area and the key competences.

Optional area
In addition to subject-specific knowledge, the Bachelor's degree programme imparts skills for a successful career start (application-oriented profile) or for admission to a Master's degree programme (science-oriented profile).

Key competence area (Further information)
The key competency training of the Faculty of Social Sciences qualifies you for the labour market and further study programmes. This means that you will be taught interdisciplinary skills. You can hone your individual profile during the key competency training programme. Due to the breadth of the programme, you can choose free and future-oriented combinations. Specific interests and career aspirations can thus be catered for.

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Winter semester only
1st subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)
2nd to 6th subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)

Citizen from an EU country (including Germany and EEA) or holding a German university entrance qualification

Non-German citizens without a German educational qualification

Citizen from a non-EU country (or stateless person)


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