General Program Information

The Bachelor’s degree program in Socioeconomics is aimed at students who are interested in issues that affect economics and society. Students are able to combine courses in economics and the social sciences in a flexible way.

A key characteristic is the empirical focus of all of the subjects taught in the degree program, which places great emphasis on teaching students survey techniques and other methods of data collection and statistical analysis. After the general introductory phase students may choose between the International specialization and the specialization in Behavioral Science, which focuses on empirical social research.

The program starts in the winter semester and usually lasts six semesters, during which students must acquire 180 ECTS credits.

This degree program is taught in German. Therefore, a good knowledge of German is an essential prerequisite to successfully completing the degree program. Proof of German language proficiency at DSH 2 level or equivalent is required for admission.

For further information, please visit the German WiSo website.

Course content

Socioeconomics is an interdisciplinary degree program in which students acquire knowledge of economics, business, social sciences (sociology and social psychology), law, empirical social research and statistical methods, and international studies, as well as foreign language skills.

Students must complete compulsory courses during the first three semesters. From the fourth semester they may choose between the International specialization and the specialization in Behavioral Science.

At the end of the degree program students complete a Bachelor’s thesis.


During the degree program students develop a profile of transferable skills that includes:

  • the ability to use an economics-based approach
  • the ability to conduct social analysis
  • methodological skills in data collection and evaluation
  • team skills
  • foreign language skills

Career opportunities

Due to range of subjects and focuses that students may combine during their studies, they are suitable for a wide range of careers. Graduates usually work in the following areas:

  • market and economic research (market research institutes or companies)
  • social research (in social research institutes or research facilities of associations and organizations)
  • marketing departments
  • human resources
  • public relations
  • business consultancy
  • research and teaching

Study advisors

Dr. rer. pol. Bianca Distler

Duales Studium / Verbundstudium
Schloßplatz 3, Ecke Halbmondstr. 6
91054 Erlangen

Susanne Heinrich, Dipl.-Sozw.

Study Advisor
Schloßplatz 3, Ecke Halbmondstr. 6
91054 Erlangen

Subject advisors

Jan Gniza

School of Business, Economics and Society
Chair of Sociology