Sociology – Bachelor minor subject


Elective minor in a first degree programme (bachelor). A minor subject may only be chosen in combination with a major subject.

Sociology, which is also in the same department as anthropology in Konstanz, is concerned with the structures of human beings living together in a society. It examines the principles and processes that shape a society, provide cohesion or drive it apart. Sociology is equally interested in migrants and brokers, the labour market and consumer behaviour, the media and educational institutions. So how do societies and their social units function, which role does culture play and how is knowledge communicated and acquired? When you study sociology you learn how to answer such questions with a variety of theories and methods. Focusing on anthropology, you will also learn how societies outside of Europe function. You learn how to describe, understand and explain societies.


Programme start Winter semester
Application period 07.05. - 15.09.
Admission restrictions no


Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

When studying sociology as a minor you will gain a basic knowledge of sociology. You will attend introductory classes (basic concepts in sociological theory, cultural sociology), a lecture and a tutorial in quantitative or qualitative methods. Depending on your interests you can then deepen and broaden your acquired knowledge in three seminars on different topics (e.g. migration sociology, higher education research, labour market sociology, political anthropology).

A Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities typically consists of a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). You are also required to attend the "Überfachliche berufsorientierte Qualifikationen" (Interdisciplinary career preparation) module (20 credits) and complete an internship. Please click here to find out more about studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities.

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table (in German).

Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.

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What interests and skills should I have?

  • You should be interested in society as well as in other cultural circles
  • Structured working methods
  • Good English skills

Language skills

You do not have to proof any foreign language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The language usually used in class and during examinations is German.

Some courses are taught in English. Course work can also be completed in English.

Admission requirements

The same general entry requirements apply for the major and minor:

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has admission restrictions.

Application documents

During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods etc.) and upload various PDF documents. Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:

  • your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
  • documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ etc.)
  • any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
  • any other required documents (medical certificate etc.)

An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).