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