During the bachelor’s program, I focused on social research and sociological theories, and improved my analytical skills. I was able to personalize my degree program by spending a semester at a university abroad, studying a minor, and deciding which advanced modules to take. While studying, I worked as a student assistant, which enabled me to gain practical experience that I could link to the content learned on the program. The program of study opened up interesting and varied career options, but I decided to develop the skills I had learned through the bachelor's program, and pursue a master’s degree in Sociology.
Program Facts and Information
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard Period of Study: 6 semesters (3 years)
ECTS Credits: 180
Language of Instruction: German, some courses are taught in English
Foreign Language Requirements: A good level of English proficiency is recommended; no proof of language proficiency is required
Program Start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Social Sciences
Semester Fee: €160.40 (more)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
Brochure on the bachelor’s program in Sociology (only available in German)
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 a supplementary component. 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 component consists of a practical 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:
- Applied Informatics
- Business Administration
- Public Law
- Political Science
- 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 practical module, and the social skills courses ensure 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 excellent study environment were praised. According to the 2017 QS Rankings, the University of Mannheim is the best German university in the Social Sciences and Management category.
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.
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 latest graduate survey can give you a more concrete idea of the career options available.
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 (for example: which social behavior patterns are seen on social networking sites?)
- like debating and be able to argue well,
- enjoy working with statistics.
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 practical module. They gain some initial work experience through a six-week 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.
Application and Selection
- 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).
You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.
Applicants are required to take an aptitude test, such as What shall I study? or the SIT orientation test, which are both only available in German. They must then submit proof that they have completed the test with their application.
Katharina Heck, M.A.Program Manager Sociology
During the semester: Tue 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
In the lecture-free period: Wed 10 a.m.-11 a.m.