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Study sociology at the KU


Why is society the way it is? Why do people do what they do? To what extent does society influence people’s behavior, and what are the consequences of their behavior for society? What do we mean by ‘society’, and what holds our complex society together?

Sociology is a social science. Taking a sociological approach to our own and other societies allows many familiar phenomena to be seen in a new light. Sociologists question social processes and phenomena that seem largely natural to us, such as traditions, customs, and public opinions. They also aim to find explanations of how these phenomena and processes arise. By taking an unbiased approach to the social world, it is possible to determine the purposes and functions of people’s actions and to identify them as the cause of subsequent actions.

Sociology is about analyzing social processes, social inequalities, and social change. Students of sociology learn theories of society and methods that can be used to investigate life in society in a broad range of situations. They also have the opportunity to apply sociological questions to specific areas to broaden their knowledge – through the sociology of business, the labor market, crime, the body, the city, and much more.

Sociology at the KU is:

Flexible: Sociology can be studied as a main or minor subject, or in combination with almost any of the subjects offered as part of the flexible Bachelor’s degree program. The curriculum covers both theory and methodology.

International: Students may spend one or two semesters studying abroad. Various international opportunities are also available in Eichstätt. The Sociology department offers a range of courses that are taught in English and takes part in an annual international summer school, which sociology students may participate in as part of their degree programs. A range of language courses are offered by the Language Center to help students prepare to study abroad. Credits for these courses may be recognized as part of the degree programs.

Experience-oriented: Sociology at the KU focuses on every-day phenomena and processes and is based on the principle that the first step towards knowledge is always an experience. From an academic point of view, experiences are not self-explanatory but should be used as a starting point for more in-depth reflection and further research. Accordingly, a critical approach is taken to every-day knowledge that seems self-evident. Students gain hands-on experience of research through a practical research course. In addition, in line with the concept of experience-oriented learning, they are offered the opportunity to complete an internship.

Sociology graduates may pursue careers in academic research and teaching; market and opinion research; organizational and human resources development in public administration or international organizations; public relations, marketing, and advertising; culture, publishing, and media; associations, parties, and churches; health and social care; adult education; and counselling.


More information is available on the Sociology website.