Culture, Individual and Society, Bachelor 2 subject

  • What is the relationship between individual and society?
  • What are intercultural communication and competence?
  • How does social, cultural and political change progress?
  • How does socio-scientific research work?
  • Which specific perspectives and explanations do sociology and political science, social psychology and social anthropology provide?
Sebastian Strauß

You will gain a differentiated view of societal processes and changes by analysing not only the macro and meso levels, but also the individual.

– Sebastian Strauß, Bachelor's degree


Bachelor of Arts
Winter- and summer semester
6 semesters
Classroom language

2-Subject Bachelor Programme

This degree programme requires a second subject for which advanced knowledge of German language is mandatory.
Information on enrollment/application for German applicants

Information on enrollment/application for German applicants

Application information for international applicants

Application information for international applicants

What's it all about?
This degree programme is unique, because ...
students are given the opportunity to study and apply sociology, political science, cultural psychology and social anthropology in a joint perspective and in combination with a second subject. In addition, it is possible to combine this RUB subject with the B.A. "Musikwissenschaft" at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen across locations.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields ...
  • Social and cultural psychology
  • Migration and cultural change
  • Social and cultural anthropology
  • Urban and regional development
Who is suited?
Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,
has: good English-language skills and adequate understanding of mathematics
enjoys: analysing social, political and cultural coexistence and the personal identity of individuals
struggles through: different perspectives and controversial statements
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in educational and cultural institutions
  • in the field of consultancy, training and coaching
  • in the political field and public sector
  • in intercultural projects
And else?
An internship ...

is recommended. It is done during the degree course.
Duration: 6 weeks

Studying abroad ... is recommended.
Duration: 1 semester
Where do I find help?
Academic advisory office

Till Stefes
Building, Room: GD 1/620
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-22782
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Sozialwissenschaft
Building, Room: GD 03/137
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-25418
Website Fachschaft

Sebastian Strauß
Sebastian Strauß is a third-year student of Culture, Individual and Society. He is pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree, 2-subject programme. Sebastian's other discipline is Educational Science.

What made you choose this degree programme?

I have worked a lot with people in various fields and wanted to choose an appropriate discipline. In the course of my application process, I applied at various universities for Bachelor’s degree programmes Pedagogics/Educational Science or Sociology (Major degrees). In Bochum, I was given the opportunity to study both disciplines at the same time.

In which respect have or haven’t your expectations been fulfilled?

I didn't have any precise expectations regarding my degree programme. I am sure I’ve made the right choice and would not wish to change anything.

Which aspect of your degree programme do you enjoy most?

You will gain a differentiated view of societal processes and changes by analysing not only the macro and meso levels, but also the individual. Each discipline contributes its unique perspective.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

Some thought processes are difficult to get into – it takes time to fully understand them. But once you get rid of the mental block, you'll see the world with different eyes.

What would you like to become after completing your degree?

Social Science paves the way into many different fields. I would like to work in corporate consultancy, but I also find the idea of working as a consultant to schools, parents or public authorities quite appealing.

Which advice would you like to give to students who consider enrolling in this degree programme?

The introductory lectures require reading huge text volumes. People lazy in the reading department are forced to leave their comfort zone. Moreover, you must be prepared to deal with with scientific concepts and research methods – statistics and methods of empiric social research are part of the curriculum!