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Soziologie / Sociology (major subject in a combined bachelor’s degree)

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Program: Soziologie / Sociology
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Program option: major subject in a combined bachelor's degree
Study model: combined bachelor's degree
Program length: 6/8 semesters / 3/4 years (180/ 210 ECTS points) (depending on the combination)
Start: Winter Semester 


How does social interaction work? Why do some societies sink into chaos while others do well? How is it that some countries become rich and others remain poor? And why do women still earn less than men? Using the tools of sociology, you will learn to answer these questions.

The Sociology major is oriented towards applied and practical studies which trains students in the methods and techniques of social science work and provides them with access to contemporary and innovative fields of sociological practice (e.g. inequality research, violence/security research and critical ecology) by linking theoretically ambitious sociology with applied methodological training. After completing the Sociology major, students will be able to give a general overview of the causes and consequences of social developments and to classify them within the framework of different theoretical perspectives and reflect on their own perspective.

An integral part of the combined Bachelor's degree is the MarSkills programme, in which you will acquire valuable, future-oriented skills.


Depending on personal interests, combination of subjects and practical experience, the major will qualify you for a variety of occupational fields, such as

  • Empirical social, market and opinion research, 
  • Human resource planning as well as human resource and organisational development,
  • Media and public relations and journalism, 
  • Planning and consulting in the public and private sectors,
  • Working in associations representing political, social and cultural interests, 
  • Development policy and cooperation,
  • Support for scientific research and teaching

The choice of your major subject will decisively shape your professional qualifications profile. In conjunction with one or two minor subjects, your relevant work experience (e.g. internships, part-time jobs, voluntary work) and your personal skills, it will enable you to refine your profile and carve out your own individual array of career options.

Advanced scientific qualification
Graduates of the Sociology major are offered a wide range of opportunities for further qualification in various Master's programmes at Marburg. The Master's degree programme  Sociology: Societies and Social Orders in Transition offers a comprehensive academic education in sociology and access to doctoral studies.