Economics and Social Sciences
If you’re already studying Economics and Social Sciences and would like to find out more about specific details of your bachelor programme, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Bachelor in Economics and Social Sciences Programme Structure pages.
The degree programme economics with social sciences is designed as a multidisciplinary programme. It combines economics with either political science or sociology and social psychology.
Economics is part of economic sciences. It looks at socially relevant questions connected to economic sciences.
Examples for these questions are:
- How do institutions influence an economy’s performance?
- How does the form of government influence economic growth or distribution of wealth?
- How have political and economic systems developed in different cultures?
- How does EU enlargement affect our political system?
- Will EU enlargement result in growth? In unequal distribution of wealth? Unemployment?
- What role does globalisation play in growth and unequal distribution of wealth?
- What role do societal trends play in how well an economy performs?
- How do individuals make economic decisions?
Political Science looks at the order and regulation of societal cohabitation through generally binding decisions in the (sub-) national, European and international context (and its interdependencies) from a theoretical and empirical perspective. Sociology is concerned with social interdependencies within and between communities, societies and organisations. Object of investigation in social psychology is experience and behaviour of people in a social context.
The bachelor programme in economics and social sciences conveys methodical and analytical core competencies that enable graduates to manage various economic tasks in the private and public sector. Accordingly, fields of employment usually present in the public sector (e.g. government authorities, agencies, unions and chambers), in (economic) media and also in all areas of the private economy (e.g. consulting agencies, banks, strategy or public affairs departments of corporations) where analytical and multidisciplinary competencies are especially in demand.
Moreover, distinguished graduates also have the possibility to apply for the consecutive master programmes in economics, political science or sociology and social psychology. Whatever student´s ambitions are, the faculty supports these via the WiSo Career Service.
Specialization through multidisciplinarity
In the Cologne Bachelor's programme you will benefit from the exchange and the combination of different departments that are united in the course of study: Political science examines from a theoretical and empirical perspective the order and regulation of social coexistence through generally binding decisions in (sub-)national, European and international contexts (and their interactions). Sociological questions deal with social interrelationships within and between communities, societies and organizations. The subject of social psychology is the behaviour of people in a social context.
I chose the WiSo Faculty because it has a very good reputation for Economics and because you can opt for sociological subjects and not just a minor in Business Administration.
The Alumni Network as a career jump
By enrolling in the programme you are already part of a large network of current and former students, our alumni. This gives you exclusive access to the practical and business world during and after your studies. Series of events and special coaching programmes establish contact with companies and other potential employers. To give you a better idea of your individual study time at the WiSo-Faculty, our alumni from business, science and society report about their experiences during their studies as well as their professional careers and challenges: www.ukoeln.de/SGVY1 or Google "WiSo Alumni".
The standard period of study is six semesters comprising 180 ECTS credit points. In particular in the core and advanced section, students acquire the basic knowledge of statistic, mathematic and econometric methods. The strong connection to social sciences is manifested in the supplementary section where, according to interest, students have to choose either political science or sociology and social psychology. The specialisation section as well as the bachelor thesis offer further possibilities to specify knowledge obtained during the first semesters.
Due to its size and multidisciplinary orientation, the WiSo-Faculty offers a wide range of courses. This provides students with the opportunity to individually plan their studies and concentrate on certain areas according to interest and career ambitions. Furthermore, the excellent international scientific reputation of the faculty is reflected in the content of teaching.
Detailed information regarding the course structure can be found on our homepage in the area of study. programme structure.
Expectations and Prerequisites
The following professional and personal competencies will pave the way to successful studies:
- professional commitment and ability to work in a team
- studying independently as well as goal- and result-oriented
- a high motivation to deal with questions of economic science
- mathematical understanding and a good articulateness in German and English language
By taking the online math test, prospective students can compare their knowledge and skills against the requirements of most of the degree programmes at the WiSo-Faculty here (only German introduction).