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B.A. in Sociology

The Mannheim BA in Sociology offers a unique basis for understanding all aspects of social life. Students are taught by some of the discipline's most renowned researchers and they benefit from the very good student-teacher ratio. The program has repeatedly gained recognition in prestigious international and national rankings, which testify to the high quality of our research facilities and to the excellent study environment.

Highlights of the Mannheim Bachelor of Arts in Sociology:

  • Solid foundation in Sociology
  • Courses offered by internationally renowned social scientists
  • Application of theory to practice 
  • Compulsory internship
  • Possibility of an integrated semester abroad
  • Support by a Program Manager and Internship Managers
  • Numerous scholarships and student jobs available
  • Diverse career opportunities
  • Excellent rankings

Course of Study

The program offers courses in the four areas of General and Specific Sociology, Comparative European Societies, Social Psychology and Methods of Empirical Social Research.

In addition to modules in Sociology, students attend classes in the Internship Module, the Social Skills Module and in their minor subject. By choosing a minor subject students benefit from other renowned subjects at the University of Mannheim. Well-known for its business school, the University of Mannheim offers minors in Business Administration and Economics. Students may also choose from Political Science, Psychology, and Public Law. The School of Humanities offers minors in Media and Communication Studies, History, German Studies, English/American Studies or Romance Studies.

Some courses are offered in English, but the majority of courses are taught in German.

Application of Theory to Practice and Internationality

The Bachelor´s Program in Sociology at the University of Mannheim is practice-oriented and provides the opportunity of an integrated semester abroad. In simulations and service-learning seminars, students can apply their theoretical skills, by, for example, working in non-profit projects in order to better understand and evaluate strategies to combat poverty. Furthermore, students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad at one of our renowned partner universities. Our Internship Office supports students in the process of finding a suitable ten-week internship placement, which is an obligatory part of the program. Finally, students have the opportunity to attend courses at the Centre for Social Skills ("Zentrum für Schlüsselqualifikationen") on subjects such as presentation techniques, software training and job application training. This interdisciplinary approach will leave students well-equipped for the ever-changing demands of the labor market.

Student Services

Student Advisor provides advisory services regarding study and course-related topics, such as choice of modules and  study process, as well as advising students on their semester abroad. The Internship Office supports students in finding a suitable internship, during the application process (including proofreading of application documents in German and English) as well as on career entry. 

Scholarships and student jobs

With over 144 scholarship students, the University of Mannheim has one of the largest scholarship systems of all public universities in Germany. The recipients of all scholarships are chosen based on their study performance and all scholarships require an application. They are directed at enrolled students as well as university applicants.

Since the fall semester 2011, the University of Mannheim offers the Deutschland Scholarship which chooses students based on their study performance and social commitment.
Furthermore, students can apply for one of the many student jobs (German only). Student assistants, for example, work for professorships, at the dean's office or in the library. In addition, there are numerous student positions at Mannheim's research institutes, such as MZESZEWGESIS or in the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 884) "Political Economy of Reforms".


On successful completion of the Bachelor´s program, students can choose to apply for the Department's Master's program or related Master programs at other university. Former Bachelor students have successfully continued their studies at renowned academic institutions, such as  the London School of Economics, University College London, Science Po Paris, or the College of Europe in Bruges. The career prospects of our Bachelor students are diverse. Graduates have found positions at the German Bundestag, the European Commission in Brussels, NGOs, research institutes and the media. 


The B.A. program in Sociology ranked as one of the top three in the 2012/2013 Zeit/CHE-Ranking