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Social Economics (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

In Social Economics, you will look at a variety of social questions from a sociological and economic point of view. Social studies and economics are closely connected in this degree programme. If you are interested in both subject areas and enjoy addressing social problems from different perspectives, this is the right degree programme for you.

Typical questions addressed in an interdisciplinary way in the Bachelor of Social Economics:

  • How does social inequality arise and when is it a problem?
  • Why do some have more success on the labour market than others?
  • How does marketing influence our purchasing decisions?
  • What influence do globalisation and internationalisation have on the economy and society?
  • How does social media influence opinions and politics?
What can I do with this degree?

Thanks to the flexibility of the degree programme, you can choose your own specialisation and prepare for a career in a range of different fields. Most social economists work in the following areas:

  • market and economic research (market research institutes or companies)
  • social research (in social research institutes or research facilities of associations and organisations)
  • marketing departments
  • human resources
  • public relations
  • business consultancy
  • research and teaching
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • You should be interested in economics and social studies as both subjects are studied in detail in Social Economics.
  • You should also have an aptitude for mathematics and statistics because you need them for methodology.
  • Good English proficiency is required because you have to read subject-specific literature in English.
  • It is also important that you are able to deal with longer, complex academic texts and assess them critically.
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • Flexible specialisation according to your own interests
    You can arrange the degree programme according to your own interests by choosing the specialisation subjects you want to focus on from the fourth semester onwards. Based on the knowledge obtained during the first semesters you can decide which subjects and fields are particularly interesting for you and specialise in these areas.
  • Interdisciplinary degree programme
    Social Economics is everything but boring. You investigate topics which link several disciplines, such as economics, social studies, law, political science and international, communication and media studies. You are introduced to a wide range of interesting subjects and you learn how to explore problems from various perspectives.
  • In-depth methods training
    The degree programme offers you in-depth training in methods you can use in many different respects. This includes collecting data and analysing statistics to answer economic and social questions. With these methods you will learn how to plan your work in a well-structured manner and apply academic methods. You will obtain important planning, organisational, and analytical skills which you can apply in your working life.
  • Practice-oriented degree programme
    You can apply the knowledge you gain straight away in a course-related research project. Moreover, you always have to use your theoretical skills in case studies and specific business examples or learn about the practical relevance of the study contents in lectures by experts from industry.
  • Attractive employers in the region
    In the Nuremberg area, you can find many large corporations and employers in market and social research (Siemens, GfK, DATEV or the Federal Employment Agency and the Institute for Employment Research (IAB)), where you can find a placement or work as a student trainee to gather work experience.
  • Special Master's degree programme
    After completing your Bachelor's degree programme (BA), you can go on to the consecutive Master's degree programme (MA) in Social Economics. You can refine the knowledge you have gained and specialise in other areas. As the discipline is closely related to other economics-based degree programmes you may also choose a Master's degree programme at the School of Business and Economics.
Potential challenges
  • Social Economics has nothing to do with social education or social work. Naturally, social economists also deal with social questions but they are primarily concerned with uncovering and analysing social and economic problems strategically.
  • The first few semesters in particular focus on statistics and empirical methods. Do not underestimate the mathematical content of the degree programme.
  • The first two semesters of the Bachelor's degree programme (assessment phase) are particularly demanding. You may only resit examinations once which means you will need to prepare well.
  • As the School of Business and Economics is rather large (approximately 5,000 students) you have to comply with formal guidelines and deadlines (when registering for certain lectures, for instance). Especially in the first few semesters, student numbers in lectures are high.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: Numerus clausus
Size: (50-99 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law