Sociology – Bachelor of Arts


Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment.

Sociology, which is also in the same department as anthropology in Konstanz, is concerned with the structures of human beings living together in a society. It examines the principles and processes that shape a society, provide cohesion or drive it apart. Sociology is equally interested in migrants and brokers, the labour market and consumer behaviour, the media and educational institutions. So how do societies and their social units function, which role does culture play and how is knowledge communicated and acquired? When you study sociology you learn how to answer such questions with a variety of theories and methods. You learn how to describe, understand and explain societies.


DegreeBachelor of Arts
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study6 semesters
Application period14.5. - 15.7.
Admission restrictionsyes
Obligatory minor subjectno
Number of places:91

Why study Sociology at Konstanz?

  • Course contents are based on the interdisciplinary subject combination of sociology and anthropology
  • Individual focal points include gender, migration, social culture, labour market, cultural sociology, cultural anthropology, university research
  • Research-orientation at an early stage of your studies
  • Practice-oriented project seminars with the possibility of personal research proposals
  • Integrated semester for study abroad or internship: choice between study abroad (International Track) and practical semester at home or abroad (Internship Track)
  • Internship Office



Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Sociology BA graduates have many career opportunities in numerous fields. Typical work areas include:

  • companies (e.g. human resources, PR, quality management, project management, marketing)
  • market and public opinion research
  • associations, organisations and agencies
  • journalism
  • political parties, state institutions (e.g. the Bundestag)
  • ministries, federal institutions, NGO and NPO, international organisations
  • public administration (e.g. universities and city council)
  • cultural, media and educational insitutitions

For a career in Academia or in the field of research, you can directly continue your studies with a Master's Programme and a Doctoral Studies Programme. 

Graduate studies

To qualify further the University of Konstanz offers the Master’s Programme in Sociology as well as the Master's Programme in Anthropology and Sociology.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities typically consists of a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). You are also required to attend the "Überfachliche berufsorientierte Qualifikationen" (Interdisciplinary career preparation) module (20 credits) and complete an internship. Please click here to find out more about studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities.

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table (in German).

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad


If you opt for the Internship Track you will do a compulsory 6-month internship during the 4th semester. The Departmental Internship Office or our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

If you opt for the International Track you will spend one semester abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe or overseas during the 5th semester. The credits you gain abroad can be recognised. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • You need to be open-minded, interested and curious
  • You should be interested in society as well as in other cultural circles
  • Structured working methods
  • Good English skills

Obligatory online self-assessment (OSA) Sociology
When applying for the bachelor’s programme in Sociology at the University of Konstanz you first have to complete the online self-assessment sociology. At the end of the test you will receive a participation certificate which you then have to submit together with your application papers. Here you will find some general information about OSAS at the University of Konstanz.

Language skills

You do not have to proof any foreign language skills.

German language skills: International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. Preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams are not offered at the University of Konstanz. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The language usually used in class and during examinations is German. Some courses are taught in English. Course work can also be completed in English.

Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

Obligatory online self-assessment (OSA) sociology
If you wish to apply for the bachelor's programme in Sociology, you will have to complete the online self-assessment sociology first. At the end of the test you will receive a participation certificate which you then have to submit together with your application papers.

For details, please see the admission regulations.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 14.5. - 15.7. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.