The undergraduate programme in sociology exists since winter 2006/2007. It is a consecutive, full-time course programme with a standard period of study of 6 semesters. Admission to this programme is limited to 80 places. Students majoring in sociology require 180 credit points for completion, and those taking it as an unrestricted minor subject 35.

The undergraduate programme in sociology provides a theoretically and empirically grounded education. In Heidelberg, we impart the analytical fundamentals of the discipline to our students while accounting for the ever-changing demands of the professional world. Thus, we wish to enable students to engage in scientific work and to develop a critical perspective on the societal structures they are part of. The teaching focuses the workings of the three institutional configurations that coordinate human action in significant ways, that is the “state,” the “market,” and “civil society”. The undergraduate programme leads to a first degree and provides full professional qualification.

Information on Application and Admission


Bachelor of Arts, 100 %: university restricted admission (numerus clausus). The numerus clausus was suspended in winter semester 22/23.

Bachelor of Arts, 25 %: university restricted admission (numerus clausus).

Prospective international students:

The application takes place online. Instructions for registration, application and enrollment with the campus management system heiCO can be found here (in German language).

International Relations Office
Seminarstraße 2
69117 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 6221 54-5454