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How does the social world in which we live function? How are societies different from one another? What exactly are social actions? If you are interested in these questions, you have come to the right place!
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Key facts
Bachelor of Arts
Supplement to degree
minor in a multi-subject bachelor’s programme
6 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 265,60
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Application & Deadlines

Content of the study programme

‘Everything was better in the old days!’ is a saying that is used so often... But what does ‘everything’ actually mean? And was everything really ‘better’? The world and its societies are constantly changing; with them, the rules of the game, i.e. values and norms, sometimes change silently and insidiously. Sociology wants to explore the reasons and causes and asks precisely how and why.

Where one generation still held certain values, the next generation usually stands for completely different things. Example: Through ‘Fridays for Future’, pupils quickly brought the climate crisis back to the centre of social discussion all over Europe. Sociology does not only examine such phenomena that also include racism and migration, but also studies the formation of classes and strata or complex group processes.

In the first semesters, you will learn the essential theories and approaches of sociology. In addition, the focus is also on the following central questions of the subject:

  • Why is work becoming more and more important?
  • What changes are currently taking place in family structures?
  • Why do we want to appear young, fit and agile even in old age?
  • And how much involvement of the state does society actually need?

You can find answers to such questions if you enjoy the written word, have a good dose of curiosity and, of course, use suitable methods. Sociology uses empirical social research—especially statistical, qualitative (e.g. individual interviews) and quantitative methods (e.g. questionnaires).

Sociology students show their city, their university and give an insight into their studies in Jena.


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The bachelor's degree is the first professional qualification. The standard period of study is six semesters, during which various forms of courses (e.g. lectures, exercises or internships) are offered for the individual modules.

A multi-subject bachelor’s programme consists of a major subject with 120 credit points (CP for short; 1 CP = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations) and a minor subject with 60 CP. You can combine the minor subject ‘Sociology’ with all major subjects offered at the University of Jena.

The study programme consists of six compulsory and three required elective modules. The latter include Sociological Theory I, Methods of Empirical Social Research II and Specific Sociologies III.

How might your study programme shape up?

The following table shows the possible structure of your course with ‘Sociology’ as your minor subject:

1st semester 2nd semester 3rd semester 4th semester 5th semester 6th semester
Introduction to Sociology
(10 CP)
Specific Sociologies
(5 CP)
Specific Sociologies I
(10 CP)
Sociological Theory II
(5 CP)
Specific Sociologies III
(5 CP)
  Sociological Theory I
(10 CP)
Methods of Empirical Social Research II
(5 CP)
Methods of Empirical Social Research
(5 CP)
Methods of Empirical Social Research II
(5 CP)

Abbreviations: CP = credit points

More detailed information can be found in the module catalogue for the study programme [in German]External link.

Why study in Jena?

  • Thinking outside the box: Jena sociology stands for a critical, theoretically and empirically sound analysis of society. In addition, the courses offered are very closely linked to the individual research projects.
  • Excellent supervision: In Jena, lecturers are available at (almost) any time for one-on-one discussions as well as questions.
  • Setting your own focus: In the modules on Specific Sociology, you have the opportunity to specialize in the various main research topics. These include economic sociology, the sociology of work and organizations, analysis of social policy and inequality research.
  • Possibilities without borders: Experience internationality! The University attracts students and scientists from all over the world with its appealing conditions and shapes Jena's character as a future-oriented and cosmopolitan city — ideal conditions for international prospective studentsmp4, 55 mb.
  • Adventures abroad: If you dream of spending a semester abroad, you can easily make it come true. Our University has a worldwide network of partner universities.

What can you do after your studies?

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Areas of employment for graduates

  • advisory roles in business, politics, health and social services
  • lecturing and consultancy
  • social, market and opinion research
  • project management
  • public relations, culture and media work
  • advertising, marketing
  • adult education

Postgraduate master’s programmes at our University

What are the personal requirements?

  • taking delight in reading (scientific texts) and discussing
  • interest in societal processes, problems and movements
  • self-organization, time management and own initiative
  • curiosity and desire for intellectual exploration

Admission requirements

University entrance qualification

A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

Language requirements

English at level B1; proof to be submitted by the time the bachelor thesis is registered.

Admission and language requirements for applicants of foreign nationality and without German Abitur:


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