Institute of Sociology

Bachelor in Sociology

The Bachelor’s program in Sociology has a regular duration of study of six semesters. Besides a major in Sociology, students are required to select a minor subject (here you can find a list of possible minor subjects). Of the 180 credit points, 120 are to be completed in the major subject and 60 in the minor subject. Applications are only possible for the winter semester. Admission to the main subject Sociology is restricted. Admission to Sociology minor is not restricted.

The Bachelor’s program in Sociology at the University of Tübingen’s Department of Sociology offers an intensive and manifold eduaction in the fields of qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research, social structure analysis and social inequality, educational and family sociology as well as gender and migration sociology.

I especially like the practical aspects in the seminars. You can do your own observations and develop your own questions.

Gene Lisai, Student Council of Sociology

Application/Enrollment and Selection Test


It is only possible to apply for the Bachelor’s program in Sociology (main subject) for the winter semester and only using the Student Administration's online application site. The online application for the BA in the winter semester can be filled out starting on 1 June. The application deadline is July 15. There are rearrangements for the winter semester 2020/21 due to the corona pandemic. Please inform yourself here about the current status.

No application is necessary for the minor subject Sociology. Enrollment in the 1st semester in the winter semester 2020/21 is possible until September 30. All important information on enrollment can be found on the online enrollment page of the Student Administration.

Selection Test/Essay (for the main subject Sociology only)

Due to the corona pandemic, there will be no on-site selection test for the winter semester 2020/21. Instead, applicants can submit an essay on a given topic and thus increase their chances of being admitted to the program. Like the participation in the selection test, the submission of the essay is not obligatory.
The written essay is submitted electronically with the application form to the University of Tübingen via the Alma application portal by the application deadline. It is possible to hand in the essay later, but only until the end of the application period. In this case, please send the essay by e-mail to bewerbung-studienplatzspam, stating the applicant number and the study program.

Topic of the essay:
"Wo sehen Sie die deutsche Gesellschaft 10 Jahre nach der Corona-Pandemie? Bitte begründen Sie Ihre Prognose."

The essay should develop an independent, comprehensible argumentation on the given question.

Formal requirements

  • Personal details in the header: Name, first name; date of birth, applicant number and e-mail address.
  • Essay length: maximum 1500 words. The number of words must be indicated at the end. (Header and Declaration of Originality are not part of the essay length)
  • Format: PDF
  • Declaration of Originality: A written declaration must be added after the essay with the following wording: "Hiermit erkläre ich, dass ich den Essay selbständig und nur mit den angegebenen Hilfsmitteln verfasst habe. Zitate sowie den Gebrauch von fremden Quellen habe ich eindeutig nach den Regeln wissenschaftlicher Dokumentation gekennzeichnet. Ein Verstoß gegen diese Grundregeln wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens gilt als Täuschungs- und Betrugsversuch und zieht entsprechende Konsequenzen nach sich. In jedem Fall wird die Leistung mit "nicht ausreichend" bewertet." This declaration must be dated and signed.

Essays that do not meet the formal requirements (personal details, length, format, declaration of originality, signature) will be graded "insufficient".

At a Glance

University degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Duration of studies: 6 semesters (regular duration of study)

Start of program: in each winter semester

Application deadline: 15 July

Applications: Online to the application

Admission requirements: General university entrance qualification or vocational qualification