Bachelor's Sociology

Sociologists look beyond the issues of the day. Every day, you read about social tension and change, and the Bachelor's degree programme in Sociology will help you understand and explain these issues. By skilfully asking the right questions, sociology graduates conduct innovative analyses of social issues and devise solutions. Society certainly has plenty of demand for sociology expertise.



Does sociology appeal to you?

The Bachelor's in Sociology allows you to develop expertise in subjects such as migration, inequality, healthcare, art & culture, labour markets, education, sexuality and social movements. In the past year, our students have investigated issues such as:

  • Why do women earn less on average than men?
  • How do social media affect the creation and survival of protest movements?
  • In today's society, to what extent does your appearance affect your job prospects?
  • How does the government deal with sustainability initiatives devised by citizens?

Closely examining our complex and multifaceted society

We will send you out into the city to conduct investigations using a wide variety of research methods. Every research question requires the correct mix of methods, making the conduct of sociological research a true craft: a craft that we will teach you. As a student of sociology, you will immerse yourself in surveys, statistics, in-depth interviews, text analysis, big data and everyday observations.

Classic issues

How does inequality arise? What does the success of capitalism say about Western European morals? Why is suicide a social issue rather than an individual one? Although these may seem like modern-day issues, the very founders of sociology have been poring over these matters since the 19th century. In Amsterdam, we take classical sociologists such as Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim as our point of departure for a journey that will introduce you to many other influential thinkers and fully develop your sociological knowledge. 

Internationally renowned academics

You will receive small-scale education at a highly renowned institute from a committed team of enthusiastic lecturers, many of whom are leading researchers. These academics are at the very epicentre of the social debate and their insight is frequently sought to discuss issues of the day. 

Compatibility with secondary school subjects

Anyone who enjoyed subjects like history and social studies will feel right at home as a student of sociology. 

Why study sociology at the UvA?

As a sociologist, the whole city is your laboratory

Amsterdam is the ideal place to study sociology. Everything you learn is reflected in this multifaceted city with a global reputation as a centre of art and culture. The 179 different nationalities represented in the city provide unprecedented diversity of people and ideas.

Convivial education environment

You will study in the heart of Amsterdam within a programme that greatly facilitates contact with lecturers and fellow students. 

Studying abroad

In your third year, you will have the option of going abroad for a semester to study or undertake a work placement. With regard to semesters abroad, the UvA has partnerships with universities across the world. 

Master’s programme

Upon completion of the Bachelor's in Sociology, you will be eligible for admittance to a range of Master's programmes compatible with your specialisation and field of interest.


Degree programme
BSc Sociology
Mode
Full-time
Credits
180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction
Dutch, English
Starts in
September
CROHO code
56601

Published by  Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences