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Social Sciences (B.A.)

This Bachelor's degree programme offers you a broad education in Social Sciences: During the first semester, you will receive a theoretical, methodical and scientific overview of social issues. Only in the second semester will you opt for two subjects in the Social Sciences. Additionally, you will focus your personal profile by specialising in Law and/or Economics, advanced studies in Ethnology or a further subject in the Social Sciences.

Name of degree programme: Social Sciences (B.A.)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Regular period of study: 6 semesters
Start of courses: winter semester
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the summer semester 2018:

  • 1st subject semester: start of studies in the winter semester only
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): start of studies in the winter semester only (application to International Student Office)



Social Sciences?
Social sciences examine the phenomena of communal life in society with theoretical or empirical methods. Social interaction is analysed, for example individuals and their roles, groups and societies, but also social networks and structures, how they develop, how they function and how they disintegrate.

Why study Social Sciences in Göttingen?
The interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree programme in Social Sciences combines broad, subject-related scientific instruction with innovative ideas from the Bologna discussion. During the first semester, students receive basic instruction in the theories and methods of social sciences. Subsequently, their knowledge is expanded in two disciplines of social science, combined with an option for specialisation.

Content and structure of the degree programme
With this degree programme, you engage in a course of studies with a wide range of subjects and many options for specialisation. During the first semester, you will receive basic theoretical, methodological and scientific instruction in social sciences.
Only in the second semester will you decide in which two subject areas of social science (Educational Science, Ethnology, Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Indian Studies, Political Science, Sociology or Sports) you wish to expand your knowledge. You will also develop your personal profile by selecting an area in which you specialise. Here, the following areas are available:
1.Advanced studies in Ethnology (languages and regional specialisation)
2. Economics or Law, or a combination of Economics and Law
3. another subject area of social sciences

An internship integrated in the degree programme or a period of study at one of our international partner universities will provide you with an opportunity to gather first practical experience.

Other options are available in the area of key competencies. Here, for instance, you may strengthen your social commitment, learn new languages, gather first experience in research or develop your rhetorical competence in an international business game.
The extensive portfolio of options provides you with many opportunities to develop your personal profile and to benefit from the wide range of courses offered by our Faculty and our cooperation partners.

Fields of employment
Students of Social Sciences acquire professional competencies for a variety of occupational fields. These include market and opinion research, organisational and human resources development, employment in political parties and associations, development cooperation, cultural and educational politics, foreign affairs and international development, public relations, marketing, promotion of women and gender mainstreaming, public administration, business enterprises, town planning and regional planning, the media and cultural institutions, museums, non-governmental organisations, political education and adult education. The integrated internship provides a first opportunity for orientation towards various professions and occupational fields.

The degree programme in Social Sciences prepares students for the acquisition of more advanced scientific qualification, for example through Master’s degree programmes.