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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 Social Anthropology or Pedagogy or a further subject in the Social Sciences.

Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
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Standard period of studies:
6 semesters
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Winter semester only
open admission (enrolment without previous application)
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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.

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. Unique in Germany is the large diversity of choices with nine subject areas.

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.

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Winter semester
1st subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)
2nd to 6th subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)

Citizen from an EU country (including Germany and EEA) or holding a German university entrance qualification

Non-German citizens without a German educational qualification

Citizen from a non-EU country (or stateless person)


Study Social Sciences in Göttingen

Nothing solid? Not at all. With a Bachelor's in Social Sciences you have many opportunities to try out your skills and find a career later - in political parties, international organisations, in the cultural and museum sector or in journalism. Unique in Germany is the large diversity of choices with nine subject areas. How does a society function? What roles do individuals and groups play? How do they influence each other? You get to know theories and methods, but also many like-minded people. And: There is still enough time to experience Göttingen alongside your studies.

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Phone: +49 551 39 26557
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