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).

Bachelor of Arts, 25 %: the numerus clausus is suspended since the winter semester 09/10.

Prospective international students:

Special rules apply for applicants who do not have German citizenship. The International Relations Office of the University of Heidelberg is responsible for the admission of international applicants.

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