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Bachelor‘s degree (1 subject)

Sociology ­(accreditation in progress*)


Degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard program duration 6 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Start of study Winter term
Language German
Further information Department of Social Scienes

Short profile

In addition to providing general sociological skills in the ­areas of sociological thinking, theories­, and social structure, we offer a focus on six key fields of ­social ­change (­students choose two of them): Social inequalities and cultural ­differences, Life course and biography, Health and well-being, ­Work, organization and ­technology, Knowledge and ­education­, and Environment and ­innovation.

­Competencies in both qualitative-interpretative and quantitative research methods are taught; research workshops enable research-based ­learning on concrete practical examples in both method strands for each ­student­.

­Courses on professional fields and key qualifications, writing workshops, language courses and the option to take up tutoring activities provide additional qualifications for professional practice.

­English-language ­courses­ are ­offered during the course of ­study. An ­anchored semester abroad is intended to ­provide ­the ­opportunity to ­get to know­ other study and life contexts­; in addition, foreign 'incomings' ­enrich the ­studies with ­their ­perspectives.

Knowledge and skills

No previous knowledge is necessary. Applicants should bring curiosity and ask themselves whether and why things that are "just the way they are", actually are the way they are.

One should ­bring an ­interest in ­questions about ­social ­contexts and about individuals. Even in everyday life, we constantly find explanations for the actions of others as well as their causes. Sociology ­as a ­science is characterized by the fact that it is not satisfied with short-cut everyday explanations - in the ­interest of ­avoiding prejudices ­and generalizations. Therefore, the willingness to engage in new things is as ­important as a high motivational ability.
Knowledge of English is very useful, but ­no certificates are ­required for ­the admission to the degree program.

Occupation and ­fields of activity

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology prepares students for ­jobs in a ­variety of career fields and industries that are not clearly defined in advance. Some possible ­fields of activity ­are:

  • ­Public ­administration (­especially in the ­fields of health, ­education, culture, urban planning and social services),
  • Political parties and other interest groups, associations or organizations (­for example, party-affiliated organizations, ­scientific services in the Bundestag and state parliaments, business and professional associations, foundations, NGOs),
  • Market and opinion research, institutions of official statistics,
  • Universities­, universities of applied sciences, vocational and technical academies, non-university research institutes,
  • Media (e.g., radio and television stations, online media, ­etc.),
  • Publishers (e.g., technical editorial offices, proofreaders),
  • Information economy (e.g., libraries and archives),
  • Education and culture/sports (e.g., ­adult education­, public relations),
  • Corporate and public relations consulting,
  • Healthcare (e.g. ­quality management or occupational health management­),
  • Administration of private ­companies, such as industry and commerce

Further information

A semester abroad is part of the ­degree program (usually obligatory). Contact persons in the department and ­an extensive offer of events and counseling services of the ­International­ Office ­will ­jointly ensure that ­students ­are­ comprehensively informed and accompanied right from the start.

In the complementary field, ­students can ­choose from Applied ­Literary and ­Cultural Studies, Applied ­Linguistics­, ­Education in International Perspective, ­Journalism ­and ­Science Communication, Cultural Anthropology of Textiles, Music, Political Science, ­Psychology, Rehabilitation Education, Physical Education, Urban and Regional Sociology, and Statistics.

*) Please note: The degree program is ­currently still in the accreditation process. Any conditions imposed by the accreditation agencies ­may result in the modification or cancellation of the program.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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