Sociology is a social science that studies the lives of people, social groups and societies, as well as gathers and generalizes all the knowledge about human development – including history, psychology and economics. This science examines our behaviour as social beings, from the temporary contacts of anonymous individuals in the crowd on the street to global social processes.

The bachelor's study programme “Sociology” enables the students to acquire knowledge, skills and competences required in the research of social processes, collection and analysis of social information. The programme offers to become proficient in theories of sociology and the methods of sociological research. The students gain the ability to identify social problems, and, moreover, to suggest possible solutions.

 

Director of the Study Programme

The 1st year encompasses introductory courses in sociological theories and other social sciences; study courses exploring social issues in Latvia. Students acquire the knowledge necessary to identify them and seek solutions. At this stage, the theory and research methods of sociology are also mastered.

In the 2nd year, the acquisition of sociological theories and research methods continues. In addition to Part A courses, the students select Part B courses that enable specialisation in the chosen field of study. Each student develops his or her own independent research work (course paper).

In the 3rd year, a bachelor's thesis is written (part A). The major part of studies consists of courses which belong to B and C parts: these are the courses in specialisation modules and elective courses. In the autumn semester, students can benefit from studies abroad under the ERASMUS exchange programme.

HOW ARE THE STUDIES LINKED WITH PRACTICE?

In the spring semester of the 1st year, the students complete internships at sociological research companies.

In the 2nd year, the sociological research internship requires students to carry out research under the supervision of a professor;

The 2nd–3rd-year students have an opportunity to participate in professor-led research at the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute.

The international student exchange programme ERASMUS agreements enable sociology students to enter exchange studies abroad at 9 different universities in Germany, Belgium, Finland, Estonia, Portugal, Turkey and Lithuania.

After completing sociology studies, the graduates can choose one of the three main career directions: work in public administration, sociological research companies or build an academic career. Graduates of our study programme work in ministries and municipalities, as well as in the largest sociological research companies as project managers, or become researchers and lecturers in academic institutions – research institutes and universities.

“I am convinced that in sociology offers a chance to fulfil his or her interests to everyone who harbours interest in what is happening around us, in how and why these processes take place, and, most importantly, how all this can be analysed and explained. Environment, youth, education, tourism, music, marketing, politics, work, life stories, national issues, social issues – these are just a few of the areas that can be explored and analysed in sociology.”

Anete Alksne, graduate of the bachelor’s study programme “Sociology”

Full-time regular studies – 3 years or 6 semesters. The studies take place on working days, mainly from 8:30 to 18:00, depending on the timetable of each particular day.
Tuition fee per year: full-time regular studies – EUR 2300
For admission in the 1st year of full-time regular studies, the autumn semester of 2022/2023 – 23 budget-funded places. If a budget-funded place is not available immediately, it can still be obtained in the 2nd year of studies, because UL FSS practices rotation system – the students with good results can be awarded a budget-funded place on the basis of their performance.
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Sociology
 

General conditions

Completed secondary education

Competition criteria for persons who have acquired secondary education from 2004:

CE in Latvian language

CE in English or CE in French, or CE in German

CE in mathematics*

* For persons who have completed secondary education before 2008, the centralized examination (CE) in mathematics may be replaced by the annual grade in mathematics indicated in the secondary education document (or the average grade in algebra and geometry)

Competition criteria for persons who have completed secondary education up to 2004 (excluding), as well as for those who have acquired secondary education abroad, or persons with special needs:

annual average grade in Latvian language and literature

annual grade in English or French or German language 

annual average grade in particular subjects

Additional points: The winners of the 1st–3rd level of the Latvian Secondary School Student Scientific Research Conference, field of sociology in 2021 and 2022, and the winners of the 1st–3rd place of the University of Latvia School of Young Information Specialists in 2021 and 2022 are awarded additional points: the winners of the 1st level/place will receive 100 points, the winners of the 2nd level/place – 75 points, the winners of the 3rd level/place – 50 points.

Metodologist Inga Poļaka, room 220., T. 67140022, e-mail: inga.polaka@lu.lv