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Humanities and Social Sciences

Study Social Sciences in Germany

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When you study social sciences, you learn about human coexistence. What are the foundations of this coexistence? What structures and forms exist? Which developments shape human coexistence? And how are they mutually dependent? Social science methods play a major role in these courses of study, as they are needed to answer such questions scientifically. The topics of social science overlap with many other disciplines and are therefore very interdisciplinary.


151 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master

German, English, French

2-12 Semesters

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Human coexistence takes place on many levels: From the smallest forms, like families, to far larger examples such as companies and multinational systems, e.g., the United Nations. All these entities are of interest to the social sciences; both their effects on society and their interdependencies with society are analysed. For research in this field, you need to master the qualitative and quantitative methods of the social sciences, including statistics and empiricism. These account for a significant part of your studies.
There are various fields of study in the social sciences:

  • Gender studies
  • Sustainability sciences (social, not natural)
  • Social economics
  • Sociology

All the degree programmes in this area are very theoretical and are therefore offered mainly by universities.
A degree in the social sciences does not prepare you exclusively for a specific profession. Graduates work, for example, in academia, in the private sector, in politics, or in the media. You can also become a teacher. However, this requires an additional teaching degree in social sciences.

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