How do multicultural communities work? How do new technologies influence social development? What encourages violent attempts and conflict resolution and what supports peaceful ones? Those who wish to deal with the social challenges of the future must collect facts, observe causes, and understand complex relationships to then create solutions for problems. Social scientists are occupied with this focus on observation, comprehension, and explanation.

Social scientists not only work with a number of theoretical approaches and investigation and analysis methods typical to social science. Ideally they also include different perspectives in order to simultaneously understand as many facets of social phenomena as possible.

RWTH offers a unique opportunity in Germany to study a special combination of five social science and humanities disciplines in its curriculum:

  • Political science focuses on the organization of a free and just social order. Students at RWTH work with theories and approaches to politico-security considerations, international relations, and political and democratic theory reflections on the political problems and shape of modern societies.
  • Sociology explains social phenomena as the result of interactions between different players. Aspects such as the association of technology, gender, and society, family, and terrorism are particularly understood as consequences of these mutual actions, described with theories, and analyzed with empirical methods.
  • History contributes to the analysis of different political, economic, societal, social, and cultural systems. It opens door to mentalities and environments and significantly contributes to our understanding of the past. Students at RWTH acquire a breadth of knowledge on all historical epochs and methods.
  • Catholic theology reflects on and interprets religious value systems, their symbolic forms of expression, and conflicts over values and symbols within social processes. RWTH students learn to understand and evaluate the relevance of religiously motivated phenomena, players, and institutions in social contexts.
  • Philosophy offers modules that critically deal with the theory of science and the philosophy of technology.

In the third year of your studies, you will choose one of these subjects as your major and another as your minor.

Programme Structure

The multiperspectivity of the curriculum is an optimal prerequisite for acquiring different key academic skills such as reading, learning, and working techniques, the ability to search for literature, and communication strategies. Students receive a comprehensive education in scientific investigation and analysis methods such as quantitative statistics and the interpretation and critique of texts and sources. From the third semester on students are able to focus on one of the disiplines. This prepares students for a subject-specific Master's program.

1st to 2nd Semester


3rd to 4th Semester 5th to 6th Semester




  • Propädeuticum
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to History
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Introductuion to Practical Philosophy

Specialized Modules:

  • Conflict and Consensus
  • Science, Technology, and Society

Methodical Modules:

  • Source Studies
  • Empiral Social Research Methods
  • Data Analysis


One Major:

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Catholic Theology

One Minor:

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Catholic Theology
  • Philosophy

Module Research Questions

Bachelor's Thesis

Supplementary Section

  • Rhetoric, Communication, and Presentation
  • Foreign Language
  • Int

Entry Requirement

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects


The social sciences course of study qualifies graduates for a wide array of work requiring research, analysis, and evaluation skills and the comprehensive illustration of social and general themes. The acquired methods and ability to flexibly think are crucial.

Social scientists can develop, critically evaluate, and communicate founded approaches to solutions for current and future social problems. They often find work in public administration and political and religious institutions. Here they are usually responsible for the conceptual contribution to a project or topic area. However, they can also work in communication, for example as editors in media and publishing. As professionals in cause and effect relationships they also work in strategic company planning and corporate communication.

Graduates of RWTH profit from the course of study's interdisciplinary orientation. The ability to master different perspectives and methods of investigation is a critical advantage when dealing with complex relationships.


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