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.