The subject Sociology, BA at Heinrich Heine University is designed as part of a multiple degree course. In multiple study programs, a core subject must always be taken with a supplementary subject. All core and supplementary subjects can be combined with one another.

A core subject course comprises a total of 180 credit points (CP = Credit Points). Credit points are credit points with which the workload is "measured". In the course of study according to the core case model, 54 CP are usually allocated to the supplementary subject, 108 CP to the core subject and 18 CP to the interdisciplinary elective area.

In the 2011 CHE university ranking, the "Sociology / Social Science" field of study at HHU was placed in the top group twice.

The BA course in Sociology (supplementary subject) is part of a 6-semester BA course in which any core subject from the Faculty of Philosophy is combined with a supplementary subject. Studying the sociology supplementary subject, together with the respective core subject, leads to a first professional qualification.

The bachelor's degree in Sociology (EF) provides the basics and essential research results in the subject of sociology. The students learn classical and modern sociological theories and acquire knowledge of basic demographic terms and structures of social inequality. The subject also conveys relevant findings from microsociology (e.g. values, norms, social order). macro-sociology (e.g. social structure, institutions, social change) and special sociologies such as political sociology, family sociology or cultural sociology. The students are enabled to independently acquire and critically assess sociological theories and methods. In this context, the central methods of empirical social sciences are taught.


The bachelor's degree in Sociology (EF) has a volume of 30 hours per week (SWS). The course content is arranged according to modules (basic, method and topic modules), which include different events (e.g. lecture, exercise, advanced seminar, advanced seminar. Of the 30 SWS, 12 SWS are compulsory courses in the basic and method modules, which are in the first year of study should be attended, and 18 hours per week on the thematic modules in the second and third year of study


The entry requirement for the Bachelor's degree in Sociology (EF) is general or relevant subject-specific university entrance qualification.
Internationalization of the Social
Science Study Program The Institute for Social Sciences maintains exchange programs with 20 European universities (in Great Britain, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland and Hungary). They enable a supervised and fee-free semester abroad. In addition, the social science internationalization office supports self-organized stays abroad.


In addition to their core subject, the sociology supplementary subject provides students with qualifications for professional fields such as public relations, event management, advertising, marketing and adult education.

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