Sociology (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Sociology begins with an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP). The Introductory and Orientation Periods (STEOP) of the degree programmes in Political Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology and Sociology consist of a uniform module focusing on social sciences, and a subject-specific module. Following the STEOP, students have to complete compulsory modules on the basics of the discipline, theories, methods, applications, law and economics and communicative and social skills, as well as an elective module. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write a bachelor’s thesis.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 505

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 30 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

Entrance exam procedure

Curriculum (Version 2024, 1st amendment)

Facts & Figures

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Data updated on: 20.07.2023

Information about presentation & calculation

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

Students acquire qualifications in three main areas:

  • Sociological expertise (important notions, concepts and theories, knowledge about the structure and dynamics of society, exemplary knowledge of chosen areas of research and application)
  • Methodological competences (basic methods and processes of qualitative/interpretative and quantitative social research, competences on application of data collection and data analysis techniques, skills for assessing the methodological quality of research work)
    • Interdisciplinary skills (scientific work, critical analysis of texts, communicative skills, self-organized and project-specific work in teams, knowledge transfer and knowledge transfer in different fields of practice)

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Contemporary society
  • Power and authority
  • Norms, values, deviations
  • Quality of life
  • Empirical methods and statistics

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

The bachelor’s programme in Sociology prepares students for future employment in a variety of occupational fields, such as:

  • (non-)university research and (continuing) education
  • public administration
  • media-, culture- and NGO-sector
  • business enterprises
  • institutions of the welfare state
  • regional, national, international and transnational organizations.
  • interest groups

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.1 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.2 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 276 graduates.

*You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the bachelor’s programme in Sociology graduation survey (in German).

Graduates ...

  • find employment within 2 months after graduation on average.

*You can find further information on career entry and career paths in the tracking of graduates "BA Sociology".