Sociology (Bachelor of Arts)
|Degree: Bachelor of Arts|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
|Internship: Mandatory Internship (12 CP). The internship should be carried in the semester break. Duration: min. four weeks (normally 40 hours a week, max. 320 work hours). See also under Praktikumsbörse (internship exchange).|
|Requirements for Admission: General university entrance degree, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: Restrictions on Admission; procedure results (n.c. figures)|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
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Sociology addresses the social order of human life and the institutions created thereby: cities, businesses, organisations, universities, marriages, familial relations and friendships. All of these social phenomena are the subject of sociological research in regard to their social relativity, their structure, function and meaning as well as their potential for change and development.
Sociology as a discipline offers a variety of instruments and methods for this. It also has branched out into a multitude of different schools of thought that allow for various perspectives on the matter. Students learn scientific methods and and how to critically analyse social contexts and interrelations. The study of sociology teaches competencies for analysing, presenting and influencing social processes.
Advice for Prospective B.A Students
The object of the Bachelor of Arts programme Sociology is the examination of societal structures. As a systematic science, Sociology is related to, for example, Political Science. In contrast to Political Science with its focus on the state or political systems, Sociology, however, examines all societal phenomena. It looks at macro (e.g. emergence and development of overall societal structures) and micro-sociological questions (e.g. action patterns in small groups) as well as the interaction on all levels.
As systems and structures are usually complex, Sociology has to be interdisciplinary in principle and involve neighbouring sciences such as history, law, business, political science, philosophy, etc. in its questions and research.
The programme is thus especially suitable for those who are who want to understand how society works and what forces influence us – politics, economics, or ideas. The willingness to familiarise oneself with the different interdisciplinary components of Sociology with their subject-specific methods and approaches is absolutely essential. An interest in societal events and in politics or culture in general is an important but not a sufficient prerequisite for the study programme.
Knowledge of recent and contemporary history is beneficial as societal structures can only be comprehended based on their historical development.
As societal research, particularly quantitative social research, relies on statistics and empirical social research, mathematical skills are beneficial.
Furthermore, an excellent command of the German written and spoken language is a central requirement for a successful course of study of Sociology. Students must be able to express themselves well for the differentiated description of complex societal phenomena. Furthermore, a large workload of reading is required by the programme.
Good English language skills are furthermore required. Reading scientific literature in English is a vital part of the programme.
Related Degree Programmes
General iInformation: With the Bachelor of Arts, the students will acquire their first professional qualification. However, the Master of arts is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For this reason, it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. If you have any questions, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Sociology (M.A.) (Soziologie, M.A.)|
The field of activity of sociologists is generally broad and varied. Graduates from the Institute for Sociology at the TU Darmstadt can primarily find employment in human resources departments of companies, in business consulting, at market and opinion research institutes and in public administaiton. Other career opportunities can be found in schoolbook and textbook editing, in publishing houses (e.g. in editing), in radio, TV and newspaper editorial teams, in PR and advertisement agencies and in other contexts, in libraries and archives, in international organisations as well as in the cultural sector.
Working in research and teaching at universities are more obvious fields of activity for sociologists. Furthermore, they can work for statistics, market and opinion research institutes but also for parties, associations, international organisations or in public administration.
For this reason it is important to start gaining practical work experience in relevant organisations early in the degree programme. This way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
With this in mind, the mandatory internship within the Bachelor of Arts programme Sociology supports the students in exploring a career suitable for them.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites: