Social Economics.

The Bachelor's degree program in Social Economics provides a broad-based education in social and economics sciences and aims to equip graduates with a strong skill set to solve problems and address social, cultural, and interdisciplinary issues at the crossroads of business, politics and society. The program conveys base-knowledge studies covering important theories, topics, and methods of societal and social policy, sociology, business, and economics.  Students can select a specialization according their interests.

Your Benefits

  • Broad and interdisciplinary basic education
  • Individual specialization opportunities
  • International teaching focus
  • Acquire a strong social and project management skill set
  • High degree of hands-on, real-world experience


Bachelor's Degree Program
in Social Economics


Bachelor of Science (BSc)


6 Semesters


180 Credits



Program Objectives, Professions, Career Prospects


The Bachelor’s degree program is a broad-based, undergraduate educational program focusing on areas in political science, social policy research, sociology, business and economics.  The program is comprehensive and

  • gives students a better understanding of complex social, political, and economic contexts and acquire the ability to analyze management projects
  • provides solid knowledge of institutions and policies, particularly the social protection system
  • gives students the skills necessary to work successfully as part of a team and manage projects


Students in the Social Economics program can individually determine areas of specialization, thus earning academic qualifications to pursue a career in a variety of areas:

  • Job responsibilities at a national or an international environment at a social economic institution or company (NPOs, NGOs)
  • Advising/counseling activities (such as working on behalf of the socially disadvantaged and representing their interests)
  • Job responsibilities in cross-system project management in the area of social affairs, economics, environment, politics, education, cultural concepts, organization and implementing educational, information, communication strategies
  • Application-oriented, networked research activities in social affairs, economics, environment, politics, education, or culture
  • Advancement toward a career in academia


Recommended Study Plan

Courses worth a total of 180 ECTS credits must be completed in the following subject areas as part of the Bachelor’s degree program:

SEMESTER S 1 S 2 S 3 S 4 S 5 S 6
Societal and Social Policy x       x x
Sociology x   x   x  
Business x x x      
Economics x x        
Specialization in Business       x x x
Special Sociology Courses           x
Academic Writing, Gender Studies x x        
Law   x x      
Statistics   x        
Project Studies     x x    
Empirical Social Research     x      
Political Theory       x    
English for Social Sciences       x x  
Autonomous Coursework     x x x  
Political Institutions and Systems         x  
Bachelor's Thesis           x

Admission Requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualifications (such as an Austrian “Matura” diploma)
  • After the 2019/2020 academic year, prospective students will be required to complete the admissions procedure!

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

Still Have Questions?

Do you need help registering or do you have questions about the program? Contact the JKU's Office of Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)!