General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
Enrollment period winter semester
Place of study
Start of the program
Standard length of the program
In the undergraduate Bachelor’s degree program in Politics and Society, you will acquire comprehensive knowledge in the fields of political science and sociology. You will also learn to apply this interdisciplinary knowledge in a practical context. The Bachelor's program in Politics and Society offers great individual freedom: You can choose from three specialization profiles and design your studies either with an international (semester abroad) or research-oriented focus (research internship at the KU). The fact that the program also includes ethical aspects characterizes the Bachelor in Politics and Society just as much as small groups and personal support.
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The program in detail
The Bachelor’s program in Politics and Society has a standard length of six semesters and consists of required, required elective and elective courses.
Semesters 1 and 2
In the first two semesters, you will start by completing a large part of the required area. On the one hand, you will get to know the comparative, theoretical-philosophical, and international perspectives of political science. On the other hand, you will discover sociology from a theoretical, process-oriented, and empirical-social research perspective. As further key skills for the job market, the required area also offers basic knowledge in the areas of communication, business administration, and statistics. In addition, you will discuss science and ethics.
Semesters 3 and 4
For the third and fourth semester, you can choose your individual focus areas from three profiles: World and Europe, Politics and Communication, and Society and Social Processes. You have additional flexibility throughout your studies in the free elective area, which you can for example use for courses in other subjects or language courses.
Semesters 5 and 6
In the fifth semester, you will either study abroad or gain practical research experience in a current study project at the KU. At the end of your studies, you will write your Bachelor's thesis in semester six.
The program in awards and rankings
The Bachelor’s program in Politics and Society was accredited by ACQUIN in 2012 and re-accredited by AQAS in February 2018 until 2023.
Rankings and assessments
KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2021 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. The ranking was based on over 40,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 98 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.
"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.
For finding a suitable institution for your stay abroad, you can choose from a broad network of partner universities with approx. 300 universities worldwide. The KU International Office supports students in the planning phase and provides information on different financing possibilities for stays abroad.
An internship of at least six weeks is an integral part of the Bachelor's degree program in Politics and Society. You can complete it during a lecture-free period of your choice in both public and private institutions. Possible internship institutions include administrations, ministries, offices of political parties, interest groups and social associations, non-governmental organizations, media, companies, or representations of political foundations abroad. Furthermore, you can also decide to complete the optional research internship at the KU. Furthermore, this profile phase also offers rhetoric courses and field trips.
The interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree program in Politics and Society is not only the ideal preparation for a Master's program, but also provides students with the professional foundation for a wide range of career opportunities. Thanks to a deliberate practical orientation, the teaching of key professional skills, as well as the opportunity to choose an individual focus during the profile phase, graduates will have access to professional fields both in the public and private sector. In addition, the KU Career Service offers a wide range of personal counseling and coaching for your career entry.
What students say about the program
Antonia Müller, 2020
"The Bachelor’s degree program in Politics and Society is a great degree program for anyone who is interested in current political and social processes! I especially like the opportunity to set my individual focus areas. The vast choice offered in the profile and elective area allows you to pursue your own interests. Also the choice of seminars leaves room to design your own study program! Furthermore, the excellent supervision and support by the lecturers is a huge advantage. Due to the small student groups in seminars, you can build a good relationship with your lecturers. In addition, students receive personal support and individual advice at all times!”
Cedric Nappert, 2020
"I study Politics and Society in the 4th semester and I can only absolutely recommend this degree program. We attend excellent courses that are not overcrowded and deal with different perspectives on the subject of politics and society. The small size of the University is an absolute advantage; the staff-to-student ratio is excellent. No matter when and no matter what questions and concerns you might have, you will quickly receive feedback and support from the lecturers. The possibility of integrating a semester abroad in the study plan is also great and the KU offers a very wide range of partner universities. Everyone will definitely find something to suit their taste. Finally, I was also convinced by the possibility of additional specialization that is possible from the third semester onwards.”
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.
What sets the KU apart
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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