The main aim of teaching sociology at the KU is to teach students to think independently, critically and empirically.
In the subject of Sociology, students learn the basics of social science research, theory and methods and also have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in various areas, e.g. theory, qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research and specific topics such as political, media and cultural sociology. In a two-semester research internship, students who have chosen Sociology as their major subject put their acquired knowledge into practical research.
The subject can be studied in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree program as a major or minor subject in the Aisthesis.Culture and Media variant or in the flexible variant in the amount of up to 150 ECTS credits, in combination with at least one other subject and/or the Studium Individuale.
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In the subject of Sociology, students receive a substantiated education in the methodological and theoretical foundations of sociology. It teaches skills for the critical analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary social science data and sources as well as the ability to critically examine the content, methodological orientations and controversies of sociology.
In addition, students have the possibility to deepen their knowledge in various topic areas, such as culture, media, religion, deviant behavior, education, science and technology, environment and technology, organizations, social structure and labor market.
With Sociology as a major subject, students also gain in-depth knowledge of social science research processes and in a two-semester research internship, the acquired knowledge is applied in a supervised project. This research orientation and the possibility of a one-semester stay abroad at a partner university and the related acquisition of a foreign language set the Sociology program in Eichstätt apart.
In 2020 for the second time in a row, the KU has been elected among the ten most popular universities in Germany by its students and alumni. In a ranking published by the online portal Studycheck.de, the KU took fourth place among all German universities. Among all Bavarian universities, the KU was elected the most popular university.
“We are very happy that the KU achieved such a great ranking again this year – especially because this ranking is directly based on student feedback. This result is both an accolade and additional motivation for all parties involved”, says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.
In the context of studying Sociology in the KU's Interdisciplinary Bachelor's program, students have the opportunity to spend a semester at a foreign partner university. During the preparation and organization phase as well as during the stay abroad, a permanent contact person from the Department of Sociology at the KU is at the students' disposal.
The KU maintains a partnership network with around 300 universities worldwide. The KU International Office supports students in the planning phase and provides information on different financing possibilities for stays abroad.
The universities listed above are collaborating institutions of the Sociology department. Students are free to choose from the entire range of partner universities at the KU (more information is available here)
At the University of Trento, students also have the possibility to complete a double degree. In this case, they have to submit a special application. Selected students will be given the opportunity to spend one year abroad (instead of just one semester). At the end of the program, they will be awarded a degree of both universities (KU and Trento).
The two-semester research internship is a unique characteristic of our training and distinguishes Sociology at the KU from many other Bachelor's degree programs in Germany. Here, acquired knowledge in theory and methods is translated into a research question and the acquired skills are applied in practical contexts with the support of the lecturers. In this way, students can already demonstrate academic research experience after graduation, which can be an advantage on the job market. At the same time, they will have acquired solid prior knowledge in the field of academic research for a further academic education in the context of a subsequent Master's program.
In an internship, students can apply what they have learned in practice and have the possibility to implement it in a possible future field of work.
The program prepares students for a subsequent Master's degree program and thus for a professional career in the scientific and university sector. In addition, sociologists find employment in professional fields of market and opinion research, organization and personnel development in the public and private sector, or in international organizations. With its interdisciplinary profile development component, the program also opens up professional careers in the areas of public relations, marketing, the cultural sector, at publishing houses and political parties, as well as in the health care and social sectors.
Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.
Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.
It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.
Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities.
The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.
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