Sociology (BA)

What is Sociology about?

Sociology explores how we live together and interact within society. You will investigate how individual actions relate to social structures, what the motives behind such actions are and how social structures are formed. Sociological theories are essential for analysing social structures by taking a critical approach to society and offering a new perspective on familiar aspects. Empirical social research methods are also important in sociology to ensure valid and beneficial research and new findings on social contexts. You address topics such as work, migration, gender roles, communication, culture or technology.

What can I do with this degree?
  • social research and statistics
  • market and opinion research/marketing
  • journalism, public relations, corporate communication
  • human resources, personnel development, recruitment
  • cultural institutions, foundations, international organisations, parliaments, political parties, NGOs
  • education, professional development and adult education
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in people, what motivates them and observational and sociological skills.
  • a keen interest in understanding current and historical social processes and complex social contexts
  • an interest in reading, discussing and interpreting demanding abstract texts about sociological topics
  • readiness to deal with challenging theories
  • basic mathematical skills and a talent for statistics and quantitative analysis processes
  • a talent for languages, a keen interest in linguistic expression and other forms of communication (gesture, body language, image communication, symbolic action)
Good reasons for choosing this degree programme
  • Thanks to a solid foundation in sociology and the opportunity to specialise in certain subjects very early in the degree programme you can shape your own specific qualification profile.
  • Students receive very good support from our teaching staff.
  • You can specialise in methods or fields such as sociological theory and cultural sociology, work and organisation, comparative social analysis and education and biographical studies.
  • Through links to interdisciplinary research projects with national and international partners, you will gain first insights into current and relevant research.
Potential challenges
  • Sociology deals with social research, social theory and the analysis of social contexts. This programme does not cover aspects of social work, social education or cultural and social criticism.
  • Sociology is primarily concerned with analysis and theory. This programme focuses on theoretical knowledge rather than applied study.
  • You must be prepared to read large volumes of complex texts which you may have to read several times to fully understand them.
  • For lectures in methods of empirical social research you are required to have knowledge of statistics.
Combinable degree programs

Can be combined*

Archaeological Sciences (BA), Book Studies (BA), English and American Studies (BA), German Language and Literature (BA), History (BA), Hispanic Studies (BA), Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Studies (BA), Islamic-Religious Studies (BA), Italian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Cultural History of Christianity (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Education (BA), Philosophy (BA), Political Science (BA), Chinese Studies (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Theatre and Media Studies (BA)

*These courses are scheduled in such a way that the subjects can usually be combined without overlapping.

Can be combined after consulting a study advisor*

Computational Linguistics (BA), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (BA), French Studies (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Art History (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA)

As it is not guaranteed that there will be no overlap between teaching times in this combination, you will be required to submit proof of consultation with a study advisor when enrolling. Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) or the Student Service Centre of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

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Degree program start date and application deadlines

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Start date of degree program: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme, Two subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Size: (currently 50-150 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions