Bachelor's Degree in Social Economics.

Are you interested in social issues, politics, and business? If you believe that everyone can make a difference, then the Bachelor's degree in Social Economics is the right degree for you!

Just how are the "correct" and appropriate measures decided during a pandemic? How radical does climate policy have to be in order to sit up and take notice? Just how much willingness to compromise is there? When it comes to the strain and pressure brought about by inflation and the energy crisis, what is 'fair distribution' and just who determines what is fair?

The JKU's Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics is a unique combination of political science, social policy, economics, sociology, and law, providing you with answers to these questions and more!

In addition to a subject-specific and expert understanding in the field, you will also acquire a strong social social skill set, along with the ability to address and solve cultural and interdisciplinary issues during your studies, discovering new paths to support government, the business community, and society.


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Bachelor of Science (BSc)


6 Semesters


180 Credits


German (Level C1)




Full-Time (Part-Time is an option)

The Bachelor's Degree Program in Social Economics:
Why This Degree is Particularly Attractive

  • The JKU Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics is unique in Austria as our program is the only one that offers a combination of political science, sociology, business, and law. Graduates have many options when pursuing a professional career after graduation. Graduates are highly sought-after for positions in management at non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profit organizations (NPOs) as well as at large socio-political service providers.
  • This program is international and includes a comparative, worldwide perspective, providing students with information about political and social systems.
  • The program supports a 'learning by doing' philosophy! Working on projects as part of a team gives you hands-on project management experience and hones your social skills.
  • You have your freedom! During your studies, we encourage you to pursue your preferred areas of study. We give you space to choose the classes you want in areas you are interested in. Studies in Social Economics starts with what you want to do!

Social Economics: The Program Structure

The Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics is comprised of the following subject areas:


Social Economics Bachelor Program Structure Pie Chart

Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (StEOP)

New students will be required to complete the StEOP requirements at the beginning of the Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics. The required StEOP courses are outlined in the curriculum. You must pass the required StEOP courses or you will be limited when trying to register for additional courses.

The Bachelor's Degree Program in Social Economics:
Areas of Specialization

The Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics consists of a combination of the following areas:

  • Societal and social policy: This central subject area in the social economics program provides you with expertise and skills, particularly when sociologically analyzing government and politics. Drawing on an international comparative perspective, you will identify the global challenges facing societies, explore policy concepts, and look at ddifferent ways of addressing these challenges.

  • Economics: The program focuses on microeconomic (business administration) and macroeconomic (economics) principles related to the efficient and sustainable use of scarce resources, the complexities involved in implementing these principles, and the information systems designed to provide insight into utilizing and distributing resources.
  • Legalities and the Law: As part of the required courses in public law, private law, labor law, and social law, students acquire a strong foundation in the area of legal theory, argumentation, and interpretation.
  • Sociology: Students learn to observe and categorize human action and the resulting social structures and processes. In doing so, sociological theories, as well as using empirical social research methods to analyze organizations and social structures, are helpful.

Social Economics at the JKU:
What You Will Learn in the Program

How does our world tick and what can we do better? The Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics gives you an opportunity to find answers in areas such as political science, social policy research, business, and sociology. As a student, you will build on the following skills and capabilities:

  • You will better understand complex social, political and business contexts by learning how to analyze and apply these contexts efficiently to address real-world issues.
  • You will acquire solid expertise pertaining to institutions and policy fields, particularly the social security system, enabling you to better understand socio-political structures.
  • You will learn how to work effectively as part of a team and expand on your project management skills, which will serve as a strong foundation before you embark on a future professional career.
  • Learn how to work academically and scientifically from the start.

Interesting Fact

Would €150 a month be enough to live on in Austria? Just how does Linz' public transportation network grow? Exciting experiments and real-world, socio-political research projects await you during your studies!

Career Prospects

When majoring in Social Economics, you do not have to commit to a certain subject area from the start. Let your personal interests inspire and shape your career the way you want it to be once you graduate. You have numerous options!

  • Management and assistant management positions: Graduates are qualified to pursue a variety of (management) responsibilities at institutions and companies in Austria or abroad, as well as at social economic companies (NPOs or NGOs, such as child and youth welfare, senior homes, city administration)
  • Administrative positions: Human resource management and organizational management, controlling and accounting, data collection
  • Project assistance/management: Responsibilities in cross-system project management
  • Training: Design, organize, and implement educational, informational and communication activities, such as at adult education centers (independently or, for example, at BFI, WIFI, etc.)
  • Provide advising and consulting services in sociological fields for those seeking help or help those in need, such as at associations or institutions, including the Employment Service (AMS), the Chamber of Labour, the Chamber of Commerce, Caritas, promente, Volkshilfe, etc.
  • Research: Conduct application-oriented, networked research in areas such as social affairs, business, environmental topics, politics, education, or cultural areas.

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Admission Requirements

In order to enroll in the Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics, you must fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • Hold general higher education entrance qualifications (such as an Austrian “Matura” diploma)
  • If the program language does not correspond to your first language, you will be required to provide level C1 proof of language proficiency in German

Please note:

  • You can transfer academic credit for certain subjects taken at school (such as accounting and/or cost accounting, for example). Click here to learn more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Social economics is an interdisciplinary program, meaning the curriculum includes a combination of political sciences with sociological, business, and legal approaches. You acquire an ability to look at social problems from different scientific perspectives, as well as play a key role in developing solutions at the crossroads of politics, society, and business.

The Sociology degree program focuses in-depth and from a sociological perspective on the theoretical and empirical analysis of social problems.

The program addresses business decision-making in microeconomic or macroeconomic settings for a variety of subject areas, such as the environment and sustainability, emissions trading, trade wars, the healthcare systems, aging societies, etc. You learn about "the big picture" in business and interact daily with people and companies.

In general, yes. However, courses and seminars requiring on-site attendance take place throughout the day so your schedule must be fairly flexible. In addition, please be aware that it takes longer to complete the program on a part-time basis compared to full-time studies.

A few individual courses are offered online via MuSSS, opens an external URL in a new window (the Multi-Media Studies Services SOWI program), such as cost management. However, the majority of required courses take place on campus.

The introductory courses provide an overview of various subject areas (political science, social policy, sociology, economics, business) that have been designed to give you an overview of the curriculum. If possible, we recommend taking all of the required StEOP courses during the first semester as you must successfully pass these courses in order to continue on with your studies.

There are no formal requirements for proficiency in English however, you must be able to understand English-language articles and textbooks as course materials (textbooks, readers, etc.) are often in English and you will be required to complete some courses in English (such as the English-language course "Comparative Social Policy"). Two courses offered at the start of your studies, "English for Social Economists", can help with your proficiency in English.

Social economics consists of studies in the areas of societal and social policy, sociology, business, economics, and, to a lesser extent, law. During the course of your studies, you will have to set priorities in all of these areas.The in-depth study of social and socio-political sciences involves selecting the courses that interest you among a defined range of courses. When studying sociology, you choose what interests you from a wide range of special topics in sociology. When studying law, you choose between public and private law, and later on between labor and social law. When studyng business and economics, you choose either business administration or economics, and then choose from a wide variety of subject areas as outlined your area of specialization.

No. You fulfill all of the requirements for the Bachelor's degree in Social Economics once you have successfully completed all of the mandatory and elective modules, the Bachelor's thesis, and the autonomous coursework. You will compose your Bachelor's degree thesis as part of a course. Aside from key qualifications, there are courses in all of the subject areas that you have studied available for this purpose.
At the Gespol Institute, you will write your Bachelor's thesis as part of a course either from the subject area "Political Ideas and Systems" (i.e. "Political Institutions in Europe"), or from the subject area "Social and Societal Politics: Selected Topics and Fields of Application" (i.e. "Comparative Political Science").
We recommend that your Bachelor's thesis be approximately 40 pages (all inclusive). See: academic papers, opens an external URL in a new window on Gespol's Moodle page to learn more.

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