What are considered social sciences

Study social sciences

Degree programs in social sciences deal with the structures, conditions and forms of the human coexistence. Social science is also an umbrella term for various other degree programs such as sociology, political science, and education. Due to the points of contact with different scientific disciplines, the social sciences courses are very special interdisciplinary oriented and are regarded as a meta-science in the social field. If you want to understand how people and society are influenced by culture, politics and the economy, then studying social sciences is right for you.

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Society, Media and Politics (B.A.)

Are you interested in how our society works? Would you like to scientifically explore topics such as globalization or international conflicts? Then Jacobs University recommends its English-language Bachelor's degree in Society, Media and Politics (B.A.).

In 6 semesters you will study the three social science sub-areas political science, sociology and communication science. In addition to core modules such as Crisis, Conflict and Media and International Resource Politics, you will also take your own elective courses. In the media center you create articles for vlogs or podcasts.

You study with young talents from over 120 countries and live directly on campus. In this way you get to know different cultures and become part of the international community. You can also do a semester abroad in North America, South America, Europe or Asia. Of course, there is also the possibility of integrating internships into your studies in order to gain experience.


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Organization and Communication (M.A.)

In order for the cooperation in companies to run smoothly, good internal communication is the be-all and end-all. You are responsible for organizational communication in your company and would you like to receive more intensive training in this area? Are you looking for a degree that offers you the flexibility you need alongside your job? Then the master's degree in Organization and Communication (M.A.) at DISC at the TU Kaiserslautern is a good match for you.

Within 4 semesters you will first deal with the theories of social science before you get to know methods of empirical social research. You will also deal with strategic communication and the subject of public relations. In this context, you are particularly looking at the new media. You can find numerous learning materials on the online campus, which you can access from anywhere.


Which conditions do I have to fullfill?

To study social sciences, you usually need a general university entrance qualification. The numerus clausus (NC) is currently between an Abitur grade of 1.6 and 2.9, depending on the university and the waiting semester. But there are also courses for which no NC has been specified. Additional qualifications such as pre-study internships are usually not necessary in order to enroll in the bachelor's degree.

Admission to the master’s degree in social sciences is sometimes very demanding. Most universities do not set a minimum average for your bachelor's degree. But at popular institutes, your chances of getting a place with a good bachelor's degree increase. In addition, some universities require that you provide evidence of additional qualifications in your application, such as certain methodological and theoretical knowledge.

Does the social sciences degree suit me?

For prospective students who do not want to commit to a job at the beginning of their studies, a broadly diversified degree program such as social sciences is well suited. The different fields of study keep many paths open to you.

For a successful degree you should Interest in politics and bring human coexistence with you. It is also an advantage if you enjoy reading a lot, as you often deal with different background theories and different perspectives on social relationships. The social sciences are a globally oriented course and many seminars are held in English. A good feeling for language is therefore very helpful. A solid basic understanding of mathematics is also useful to make the statistical basics easier to acquire. If you meet some of these requirements, you should consider applying for a study place.

Worth knowing about studying

The social sciences course, also called SoWi by students, ends with a Bachelor, Master of Arts or Science, depending on the institute. This peculiarity is related to the fact that the social sciences study both scientific as well as humanities Methods teaches. Prospective students should therefore find out about the type of academic title at their chosen university before starting their studies.

The combination of humanities and natural sciences imparts a wide range of scientific competencies, so that the Bachelor in Social Sciences also qualifies for a Master in other subjects. For example, you can study politically, economically or psychologically oriented master’s courses. Conversely, if you study psychology, pedagogy or political science, you may have the chance to study for a master’s degree in social sciences. The student advisory service at the social science institute can tell you whether you are qualified for a master’s degree at the respective university. She is also the right contact if you are looking for information about the specific courses offered in the subject.

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