Sociology – Bachelor of Arts

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Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment.

Sociology, which is also in the same department as anthropology in Konstanz, is concerned with the structures of human beings living together in a society. It examines the principles and processes that shape a society, provide cohesion or drive it apart. Sociology is equally interested in migrants and brokers, the labour market and consumer behaviour, the media and educational institutions. So how do societies and their social units function, which role does culture play and how is knowledge communicated and acquired? When you study sociology you learn how to answer such questions with a variety of theories and methods. You learn how to describe, understand and explain societies.

Overview

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study6 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.7.
Admission restrictionsyes
ECTS (incl. minor subject)180
Obligatory minor subjectyes
Number of places:91

Why study Sociology at Konstanz?

  • Course contents are based on the interdisciplinary subject combination of sociology and anthropology
  • Individual focal points include gender, migration, social culture, labour market, cultural sociology, cultural anthropology, university research
  • Research-orientation at an early stage of your studies
  • Practice-oriented project seminars with the possibility of personal research proposals
  • Integrated semester for study abroad or internship: choice between study abroad (International Track) and practical semester at home or abroad (Internship Track)
  • Internship Office

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Content

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Sociology BA graduates have many career opportunities in numerous fields. Typical work areas include:

  • companies (e.g. human resources, PR, quality management, project management, marketing)
  • market and public opinion research
  • associations, organisations and agencies
  • journalism
  • political parties, state institutions (e.g. the Bundestag)
  • ministries, federal institutions, NGO and NPO, international organisations
  • public administration (e.g. universities and city council)
  • cultural, media and educational insitutitions

For a career in Academia or in the field of research, you can directly continue your studies with a Master's Programme and a Doctoral Studies Programme. 

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

To qualify further the University of Konstanz offers the Master’s Programme in Sociology as well as the Master's Programme in Anthropology and Sociology.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table (in German).


Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Minor subject

In the Sociology Bachelor's programme, you choose one of the following minor subjects:

  • British and American Studies (BAST)British and American Studies (BAST) is available as a minor subject within the Department of Literature. At the heart of the programme is the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in English.

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  • German LiteratureIf you opt for German Literature as your minor subject you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will learn how to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority.

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  • French LiteratureFrench Literature is available as a minor subject within the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in French.

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  • Gender StudiesYou will analyse the current relationship between the genders in different areas of society and study how it developed historically and how it is changing. This programme is available as a minor subject.

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  • HistoryStudying history means that you will learn about everything from antiquity to the Middle Ages and through to modern and contemporary history while pursuing your own special interests. This programme is available as a minor subject.

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  • Computer ScienceChoosing Computer Science as your minor subject will provide you with a solid foundation in this subject. Computer Science is involved in most areas of our life – from computer games to automatic traffic control to secure online banking. Logical thinking is at the heart of this discipline.

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  • Italian LiteratureItalian Literature is available as a minor subject within the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Italian.

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  • Classics and the Ancient Near EastDuring your studies you will acquire a solid understanding of the cultures of classical antiquity and their reception. This programme is available as a minor subject.

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  • MathematicsThe Mathematics minor encompasses the study of abstract structures and their inherent relationships on the one hand, and seeks to find solutions for problems posed by applied sciences such as engineering, medicine, economics as well as the natural and social sciences on the other.

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  • PhilosophyPursuing a minor in philosophy, you will study the theories and positions of classical and contemporary philosophers. Furthermore, you will discuss philosophical questions regarding such topics as the justification of moral norms and the relationship between language and reality.

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  • Political ScienceYou will focus on political systems, analyse particular fields in politics and address issues surrounding international relations. This programme is available as a minor subject.

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  • LawPursuing a minor in law will equip you with a solid working knowledge of law. You will learn how to understand and interpret current law systematically and conceptually, and how to apply it to everyday situations.

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  • Slavic LiteraturesChoosing Slavic Literatures as your minor subject will teach you methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of the literatures and languages of the peoples of eastern and south-eastern Europe.

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  • Spanish and Ibero-American StudiesThe Spanish and Ibero-American Studies bachelor's minor is available within the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Spanish.

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  • LinguisticsLinguistics, the scientific study of language, is available as a minor subject. Linguistics aims to understand what might be called our “feel for the language”, i.e. our unconscious knowledge of language, and render it conscious. Over the course of the programme, you will learn about the differences and similarities of languages as well as the evolution of language.

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  • StatisticsStatistics minor is offered by the Department of Economics. Statistics is used primarily in planning, executing and evaluating comprehensive examinations and experiments. Statistical methods are generally used in medicine, biology and other natural sciences as well as in economics, engineering, psychology and sociology.

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  • EconomicsIn the Economics minor programme, you will analyse the economic activities of consumers, enterprises and public institutions.

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Internship and study abroad

Internships

If you opt for the Internship Track you will do a compulsory 6-month internship during the 4th semester. The Departmental Internship Office or our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

If you opt for the International Track you will spend one semester abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe or overseas during the 5th semester. The credits you gain abroad can be recognised. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • You need to be open-minded, interested and curious
  • You should be interested in society as well as in other cultural circles
  • Structured working methods
  • Good English skills

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. Preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams are not offered at the University of Konstanz. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The language usually used in class and during examinations is German. Some courses are taught in English. Course work can also be completed in English.

Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Orientation procedures
If you intend to study at a university in Baden-Württemberg, you will need to submit proof of having completed an orientation procedure along with your university application. You must enclose proof of participation in the orientation procedure with your application documents. Here you will find a list of the orientation procedures recognised by the University of Konstanz.

For details, please see the admission regulations.

Fees

Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.7. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the <a href="https://www.uni-konstanz.de/en/study/before-you-study/application-and-enrolment/">university website</a>.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.

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