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Bachelor's Program in Sociology

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For several reasons, studying the bachelor's program in Sociology at the University of Mannheim was the perfect choice for me. First of all, the combination of both Sociology and Psychology is very exciting and has opened up many interesting new perspectives for me. In addition, the University of Mannheim provides students with many opportunities to think outside the box: For example, I spent my semester abroad in Ireland and got involved in one of the more than 50 student organizations. I also gained first practical experience as a student assistant. Besides my studies, I particularly enjoyed the wide range of activities offered by university sports. My bachelor's degree now allows me to pursue a variety of specialized master's programs – from Data Science to Criminology. I have opted for the master’s program in Sociology: Social and Economic Psychology (M.Sc.).

Verena Weihberg, graduate of the bachelor’s program in Sociology / Credit: Verena Weihberg
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During my bachelor's degree in Sociology, I had the opportunity to explore the various aspects of people's social coexistence from a research perspective. What particularly interested me was the interdisciplinary exchange within the subject area of Social Psychology. I also particularly enjoyed the structural comparison of different countries and cultures. Studying in Mannheim has taught me a lot that I can also benefit from during my master's degree in Liberal Arts in the USA. In addition to receiving an excellent academic education, I was also able to pursue a dual career as an active athlete and student thanks to the Spitzensport-Stipendium Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar.

Leia Braunagel, student of the bachelor’s program in Sociology and scholarship holder of the Spitzensport-Stipendium Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar / Credit: Katharina Schanz
Die Bachelorabsolventin Jule Schabernack trägt kinnlanges blondes Haar, eine dezente, runde Brille und einen karierten Blazer über einem weißen Rollkragenpullover.

The well-structured bachelor's degree in Sociology introduced me to the broad range of the subject regarding fascinating and relevant current topics such as migration, family, and educational and gender inequality. The university’s interdisciplinary approach was a benefit to my minor in Political Science as well. I fondly remember the respectful interaction and the close cooperation between teachers and students at the University of Mannheim. My training in empiricism and methods is a great basis for the academic research activities of my master's program in Gender & Queer Studies. After graduating, I would like to work as an equal opportunities commissioner for a company or public authority. My bachelor's degree in Mannheim paved the way for this. Without it, this field of work might never have occurred to me.

Jule Schabernack, graduate of the bachelor’s program in Sociology / Credit: Martin Rasche
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Standard period of study: 6 semesters (=3 years)

    ECTS credits: at least 180

    Language of instruction: German, English

    Language requirements: A good level of English proficiency is recommended; no proof of language proficiency is required.
    If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Social Sciences

    Semester fee: EUR 204.30 (more information)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: EUR 1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: EUR 650

  • Program overview

    What causes social inequality in Germany? What are the differences between societies across Europe? Students of the bachelor’s program in Sociology learn to address and analyze current social issues and questions using scientific methods.

    The program consists of a core subject and the supplementary modules. Sociology as a core subject gives students a solid foundation in the field. It is divided into introductory modules and advanced modules which focus on four areas: general and specific types of Sociology, a comparison of European societies, social psychology, and methods of empirical social research.

    The supplementary modules constitute a career development module (including an internship), a social skills module, and a minor subject. For the social skills module, you can choose to focus on media, informatics, presentation and communication skills, or a foreign language.

    You can select one of the following subjects as a minor:

    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Media and Communication Studies
    • Business Administration
    • Public Law
    • Economics
    • Applied Informatics
    • Mathematics
    • a bachelor’s degree subject from the School of Humanities
  • Why study Sociology at the University of Mannheim?

    The program has an interdisciplinary approach: your minor, the career development module, and the social skills courses ensure that you are ideally prepared for the world of work. That’s why the program has repeatedly done well in national and international rankings. In particular, the high quality of the research and the first-class study environment were recognized.

    Our students value the personal support given by the academic advisors, the ability to work in small groups, the good computer equipment, and the library’s long opening hours.

  • Career opportunities

    A bachelor’s degree in Sociology gives you different career options. Our graduates work in market and opinion research, the public service, human resources, and at international organizations and associations. There are also opportunities within public relations and media. If you decide to get a master’s degree, you can pursue a career in academia.

    Read more about your career prospects

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of Sociology should

    • be capable of analytical and critical thinking,
    • enjoy working with complex texts, theories, and methods,
    • have a good level of English proficiency,
    • find sociological questions interesting
    • like debating and be able to argue well,
    • enjoy working with statistics.
  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    The module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.

    Studying abroad
    Asia, Australia, North and South America – the School of Social Sciences is part of a global network and maintains partnerships with renowned universities. The International Office and the School’s exchange coordinators can help you plan a semester of study abroad. We recommend that students go abroad during the fourth or fifth subject-specific semester, but it is possible to make individual arrangements. Studying abroad is optional, and is encouraged by the School. Credits that you obtain abroad are normally recognized by the University of Mannheim, which means that you do not have to extend the duration of your studies.

    Students learn about the career options available to sociologists through the career development module. They gain some initial work experience through an internship during a semester break. Their experiences are then discussed during an exercise course in the following semester.

    Sample course schedule
    This is how your course schedule for the first semester could look like.

  • Continuing Education

    Certificate programs
    Strengthen your potential, deepen your knowledge, find solutions for challenges we will face tomorrow – there are many good reasons to think outside the box, get to know and try out new things even during your studies.

    At the University of Mannheim, you can do this in the “Studium Oecologicum” which focuses on sustainability. In our certificate program, you will acquire interdisciplinary expert knowledge which can help you to act ethically and to make holistic decisions.

    Continuing education services in academics

    Language courses
    Making language learning easier: No matter if you want to learn Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish or Norwegian, take the Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE), The European Language Certificates (telc) or the TOEFL test – each semester, the University of Mannheim offers language courses and language certificates in more than 16 languages for students and non-university members, online and on campus!

    Language courses at the University of Mannheim

    Studium Generale
    Are you interested in IT or communication trainings or theater, music, or drawing courses? Studium Generale has a vast range of courses available to all.

    Current Studium Generale program

  • Further study

    The following degree programs are partly or fully available in English:

    Master’s program in Sociology (M.A.) 

    Master’s program in Political Science (M.A.) 

    Mannheim Master of Data Science (M.Sc.)

  • Application and selection

    At the University of Mannheim, a traditional numerus clausus (within the meaning of a minimum grade required for admission) does not exist. In our selection process, we take numerous criteria into account. For more details, please check the selection statutes (see below). Be bold!

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

    In our selection process for the Bachelor's Program in Sociology, we take the following criteria into account:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • the grades achieved in Mathematics and English,
    • other achievements relevant to your application (such as experience in a federal, state or local public administration, public relations work for a political party, journalism, employment at a trade union, social organization, or church association),
    • if you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.

    Selection statutes
    Under “Application and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.

    If the program of study is currently not selective, you will receive a study place if you fulfill all admission requirements and apply in due time and form.


    • The application deadline for our bachelor's programs for the fall semesters starts on 1 June and ends on 15 July.



Insights into university life

Sociology at the University of Mannheim: Anina shows her day-to-day life as a student and explains what she likes about her program. (with English subtitles)


Stefanie Thye, M.A.

Stefanie Thye, M.A. (she/her)

Program Manager Sociology
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
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Building A – Room A 417
68159 Mannheim
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Please note: Only online consultations are offered currently. Please make an appointment at https://www.sowi.uni-mannheim.de/en/online-consultation/stefanie-thye/
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