Sociology at the University of Bamberg

Bamberg Sociology programs successfully accredited

All Bamberg sociology degree courses (B.A., M.A. as well as minor subject) have been successfully accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance AQAS since September 2013 until 30 September 2018.

We warmly welcome you to the website of the Department of Sociology at the University of Bamberg.

Here you will find information related to the University’s study programs offered in sociology as well as the department’s current research programs.

Details may be found either in this section or on the web pages of our faculty members.

If you are interested in a study program in sociology at Bamberg (B.A./ M.A.), we highly recommend taking a look at the academic profile of sociology at Bamberg. In case you are already a student in the program, you will find all relevant information concerning your studies also available in this section.

The German Sociological Association (GSA) offers prospective students an information portal on all study programs that are offered at German Universities related to sociological courses: (only available in German). Facts specifically concerning the University of Bamberg’s sociology programs can be directly reached on the GSA’s website at: (only available in German).

Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz

Lehrstuhl für Soziologie 1

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kern

Lehrstuhl für Soziologie, insb. soziologische Theorie

Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel

Lehrstuhl für Soziologie, 
insb. Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Kristen

Lehrstuhl für Soziologie,
insb. Sozialstrukturanalyse

Prof. Dr. Olaf Struck

Professur für Arbeitswissenschaft

Prof. Dr. Uwe Blien

Lehrstuhl für Soziologie,
insb. Arbeitsmarkt- und Regionalforschung

Prof. Dr. Elmar Rieger

Professur für Soziologie, insb. Europa- und Globalisierungsforschung

Prof. Dr. Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler

Professur für Demografie

Prof. Dr. Mark Trappmann

Lehrstuhl für Soziologie, insbes. Survey-Methodologie

Prof. Dr. Ilona Relikowski

Juniorprofessur für Soziologie, mit dem Schwerpunkt Bildungsungleichheit im Lebenslauf

Prof. Dr. Bernadette  Kneidinger-Müller

Juniorprofessur für Soziologie, mit dem Schwerpunkt Internet

Prof. Dr. Steffen Schindler

Professur für Soziologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Bildung und Arbeit im Lebensverlauf

Prof. Dr. Corinna Kleinert

Professur für Soziologie mit dem Schwerpunkt längsschnittliche Bildungsforschung

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dr. h.c. Hans-Peter Blossfeld (On leave until 31.08.2017)

Lehrstuhl für Soziologie 1

Here you can find an overview of emeritus professors of Sociology at Bamberg.



The University of Bamberg has one of the leading sociology departments in Germany.  With 13 chairs and professorships it covers a broad range of fields in the social sciences while laying explicit focus on future-oriented research areas such as education, migration, and labor studies. Fundamental topics of social developments such as globalization and population development are further fields central to the Sociology in Bamberg. Research profile


Besides future-driven research, Sociology at Bamberg is known for its excellent study program. The “Bamberg Model” comprises a comprehensive training in sociological theory as well as in research methods. Specialization in specific fields of interests is achieved by students selecting a concentration area within their studies. Research internships serve to complement the curriculum leaving Bamberg Sociology graduates at commencement with sophisticated skills for the job market. Academic profile