Social Sciences B.A.

 

Key Info

Basic Information

Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.

Language:
German

Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. Exam regulations.

Admission to First Semester

restricted
NC for WS 2019

Admission to Higher Semesters

restricted
NC for the 2nd Core Semester
open
from Core Semester 3

Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---

    SelfAssessment

    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

Language Requirements

  • See Course of Study Description

Dates and Deadlines

 

How do multicultural communities work? How do new technologies influence social development? What encourages violent attempts and conflict resolution and what supports peaceful ones? Those who wish to deal with the social challenges of the future must collect facts, observe causes, and understand complex relationships to then create solutions for problems. Social scientists are occupied with this focus on observation, comprehension, and explanation.

Social scientists not only work with a number of theoretical approaches and investigation and analysis methods typical to social science. Ideally they also include different perspectives in order to simultaneously understand as many facets of social phenomena as possible.

RWTH offers a unique opportunity in Germany to study a special combination of four social science and humanities disciplines in its curriculum:

  • Political science focuses on the organization of a free and just social order. Students at RWTH work with theories and approaches to politico-security considerations, international relations, and political and democratic theory reflections on the political problems and shape of modern societies.
  • Sociology explains social phenomena as the result of interactions between different players. Aspects such as the association of technology, gender, and society, family, and terrorism are particularly understood as consequences of these mutual actions, described with theories, and analyzed with empirical methods.
  • History contributes to the analysis of different political, economic, societal, social, and cultural systems. It opens door to mentalities and environments and significantly contributes to our understanding of the past. Students at RWTH acquire a breadth of knowledge on all historical epochs and methods.
  • Catholic theology reflects on and interprets religious value systems, their symbolic forms of expression, and conflicts over values and symbols within social processes. RWTH students learn to understand and evaluate the relevance of religiously motivated phenomena, players, and institutions in social contexts.
 

Degree Content

The multiperspectivity of the curriculum is an optimal prerequisite for acquiring different key academic skills such as reading, learning, and working techniques, the ability to search for literature, and communication strategies. Students receive a comprehensive education in scientific investigation and analysis methods such as quantitative statistics and the interpretation and critique of texts and sources. Students are able to focus on one of the four disiplines. This prepares students for a subject-specific Master's program.

Curriculum

1st to 2nd Semester 3rd to 6th Semester
Foundation Concentration Supplementary Section
  • Propädeuticum
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to History
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Theories and Ideas
  • Texts and Text Comprehension
  • Social Science Data Analysis
  • Individual and Society
  • Organization and Systems
  • Global Processes and Cultures
  • Institutions, Standards, and Values
  • Technology and Society
  • Application Fields and Research Questions
  • Rhetoric, Communication, and Presentation
  • Foreign Language
  • Internship

Information about the content of the individual foundational sciences can be found on the page specific contributions of the subjects. You can find a module plan and a sample course of study layout on the Faculty’s page about the curriculum. The course of study webpage offers additional detailed information about the program.

In the seminars particular value is placed on small groups, in which students actively work together and are supervised. The connection to professional practice is ensured through internships, the acquisition of professionally-relevant soft skills, and partially through experimental games. An six-week mandatory internship opens up professional prospects during studies. To support and accompany students during the internship as well as with career orientation, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities provides a special Career and Practice Service.

Programs Abroad

International experience is extremely important for social scientists in order to assess global developments and specific national situations. The course of study offers opportunities to include a stay abroad starting in the fourth semester. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers study abroad programs and internship opportunities worldwide. During their studies, research, or internship abroad students can improve their language skills in the native everyday environment and simultaneously acquire other technical qualifications.

Students profit not only from the Faculty's own study abroad programs but also from the University's strategic partnerships with international universities. For example, while completing their final project or paper they can complete a brief stay at one of the IDEA League universities. The UROP Abroad program, the only one of its kind in Germany, offers the possibility to participate in research projects at international universities as a Bachelor student. These stays abroad are partially funded by RWTH financial aid. All of RWTH's cooperative programs are presented on the webpages about study abroad.

 

Prerequisites

Personal Prerequisites

Students in the social sciences should ideally have great interest in socially relevant structures and questions and be enthusiastic about their scope and relevance in an increasingly technologically dominated environment.

Language Skills

Latin skills are not necessary for the history Bachelor's modules but are recommended for a Master's in history. You can acquire these skills in a bridge course or during your studies at RWTH Aachen.

Enrollment Prerequisite

Proof of the Subject Specific Self Assessment RWTH Subject Self Social Sciences

 

Decision Aids

The course of study in Social Sciences at RWTH Aachen is characterized by its interdisciplinary approach. It combines multiple social science subjects from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with each other and creates points of contact to numerous other faculties at RWTH Aachen, for example business administration, economics, economic and social history, medicine, or geography. Furthermore the gap to the engineering sciences - with their RWTH Aachen specific interdisciplinary orientation towards social future problems and their mastery - is also bridged. Students do not end their studies as sociologists, historians, theologians, or political scientists, but as interdisciplinarily shaped social scientists. A specialization in one of the named subject areas is possible in a limited manner started in the second year of studies. However it can be first intensified through the framework of a Master's program. If you wish to solely concentration on one of these subjects in your Bachelor's studies, you should take a look at the courses of study at other universities and make your decision based on your primary interests.

 

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Career Prospects

The social sciences course of study qualifies graduates for a wide array of work requiring research, analysis, and evaluation skills and the comprehensive illustration of social and general themes. The acquired methods and ability to flexibly think are crucial.

Social scientists can develop, critically evaluate, and communicate founded approaches to solutions for current and future social problems. They often find work in public administration and political and religious institutions. Here they are usually responsible for the conceptual contribution to a project or topic area. However, they can also work in communication, for example as editors in media and publishing. As professionals in cause and effect relationships they also work in strategic company planning and corporate communication.

Graduates of RWTH profit from the course of study's interdisciplinary orientation. The ability to master different perspectives and methods of investigation is a critical advantage when dealing with complex relationships.

 

Master's Degree Prospects

After they have acquired an international perspective on social contexts during their Bachelor's studies at RWTH Aachen, graduates can specialize and expand and advance their knowledge in a specific disicpline. They can choose from four subject-specific Master's programs, Political Science, Sociology, Historical Studies – History as Culture of Knowledge as well as Theology and Global Development.

 

Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.

 

Faculty

The course of study is offered by the Department of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.