General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
Enrollment period winter semester
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In the international Bachelor's degree program in Sociology, students receive comprehensive training in the theoretical and methodological basics of social sciences and can deepen their studies in the offered specializations – a specialization in fundamental empirical social science; one in process-oriented and one theory-focused specialization. In the two-semester research internship, students learn to translate the acquired way of thinking into specific research projects. During the semester abroad, they get to know further sociological perspectives at international partner universities. The main aim of teaching sociology at the KU is to teach students to think independently, critically and empirically.
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The program in detail
The international Bachelor’s program in Sociology guarantees a basic education in 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.
Depending on the student's interests, the Bachelor's degree program offers early opportunities for independent social science research orientation. In addition, methodological and professional skills and knowledge are taught in selected sociological subject areas, such as culture, media, religion, deviant behavior, education, science and technology, environment and technology, organizations, social structure and labor market. This knowledge is acquired in the context of current sociological perspectives of knowledge.
The program enables students to bundle their own thoughts and the results of their studies into independent, fact-oriented contributions to the professional discourse and enables them to present sociological topics and research results in a descriptive oral, written and visual form.
This degree program is characterized by a two-semester research internship as well as the international orientation regarding a required one- or two-semester stay at a foreign partner university and the related acquisition of a foreign language.
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.
Ideally, a semester abroad at a partner university of the KU is integrated into the fifth semester, during which students deepen their chosen sociological focus and become acquainted with the methods and theories taught at a foreign 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.
Partner universities of the Sociology department
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).
Research internship (15 ECTS credits)
The two-semester research internship is a unique characteristic of our study program 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.
Internship (10 ECTS credits)
In an internship, students can apply what they have learned in practice and implement it in a possible future field of work. For individual advice and support in finding an internship and financing possibilities, the KU Career Service and the International Internship Service are happy to help.
Career possibilities and professional fields
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.
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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