Sociology explores both individual human behavior and collective human behavior, including the effect and impact of the way people and societies co-exist. Sociology creates the foundations that allow us to understand social issues and social problems as well as find ways to cope with these problems. The JKU's Bachelor's degree program in Sociology is not only a broad, interdisciplinary, and solid curriculum providing strong theoretical foundations, students also learn how to effectively apply empirical social research methods. Students can customize the program and pursue areas of personal interest (such as migration, politics, health, and work). Graduates have numerous career options and career prospects in a variety of professions.

Your Benefits

  • Multi-disciplinary academic program

  • Hone social skills

  • Individually select courses and set your program

  • Active involvement in hands-on, real-world research projects

  • Theory-based design of social processes

Bachelor's Degree in


Bachelor of Science (BSc)


6 Semesters


180 Credits


German (Level C1)

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Program Objectives, Job Opportunities, Career Prospects


The Bachelor's degree in Sociology focuses on conveying the following skills and abilities:

  • Analyze complex social contexts
  • Plan empirical projects and correctly implementing the methodology
  • Create research reports, preparing and presenting findings
  • Derivation of action and design proposals based on academic and scientific research findings
  • Generate scientifically sound information and data based on quantitative and qualitative methods and theoretical reflection

Moreover, the program aims to continually develop core competence skills:

  • The ability to express one's self professionally in speech and in writing
  • Independently examine scientific and academic literature as well as process and create academic texts
  • Recognize differences and similarities when examining academic and scientific arguments and their structuring
  • Willingness to explore statistical and qualitative methods and their applications
  • Social skills and team skills


Graduates of the Bachelor's degree program in Sociology are qualified to meet many professional profile requirements, particularly:

  • at service facilities and companies in the areas of education and consulting, social services, healthcare, culture, politics, tourism and recreation
  • at companies, particularly in organizational and human resource departments
  • in market and opinion research
  • at national and international organizations (particularly at NGOs)
  • at media offices and in communications
  • in interest groups and associations
  • at social and economics research institutions
  • pursue independent, entrepreneurial endeavors


Recommended Study Plan

The Bachelor's degree program requires completing courses totaling 180 ECTS credits in the following subject areas:

SEMESTER S 1 S 2 S 3 S 4* S 5 S 6
Fundamental Subject Areas in Sociology x x        
Main Subject Areas in Sociology   x x x x x
Supplementary Subjects x x x      
Special Subject Areas in Sociology     x x x x
Supplementary Electives     x   x  
Autonomous Coursework     x x    
Bachelor's Thesis           x

* Students are encouraged to study abroad during this semester.

Additional Information

Students can opt to complete an internship as an elective (optional)

Admission Requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualifications (such as an Austrian “Matura” diploma)

Contact the Admissions Office for additional information about the admission requirements.

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