The BA-program Society, Media, and Politics (S.M.P.) integrates the social sciences necessary to tackle the key challenges of our globalized world in a digitized context. Sociology, media studies, and political sciences are learned from a problem-solving and research-oriented, student-centered perspective.
Students are empowered to address pressing social problems in their environment by applying their knowledge and skills in research and direct practice. They learn to campaign for their initiatives with the skillful use of digital media at Jacobs University S.M.P. Media Center. Learning to use podcasts, websites, animations or other forms, gives students a broad variety of chances to actualize their creative potential and learn the skills of the trade that are so vital for modern labor markets.
Our students are young people who want to make a difference. S.M.P. provides an excellent basis both for graduate studies and the European and international job market for the leaders of tomorrow. Our graduates are known to build successful careers in start-ups and NGOs as well as in large companies or have moved on to the most renowned academic institutions of the world because. With their high skills in creative problem solving, the ability to judge from a broader perspective, and to think out of the box they are best prepared for global positions of leadership.
S.M.P. (formerly Integrated Social Sciences) is rated as one of the best study programs in the field of social and political sciences in Germany by the renowned C.H.E. (Center for Higher Education Development) University Ranking.
Today’s professional world requires more than mere disciplinary knowledge from graduates. Students face the prospect of not only technological and societal advancement and amazing individual opportunities, but also a growing field of contradictions, conflicts, and crises that our societies are confronted with. In this context, the value of young professionals who understand the relevance of a rationally informed and scientifically trained, creative, and critical approach cannot be overestimated.
Studying S.M.P. typically opens careers in the media, in non-governmental organizations, public administration, community development, international aid agencies, international business, the cultural sector, international youth, and social work, fundraising, and many other pursuits.
Our graduates are known to build successful careers in start-ups and NGOs as well as in large companies; they have moved on to the most renowned academic institutions in the world, some of them developing impressive careers in academia, others starting their own company. This is because creative problem solving, the ability to judge from a broader perspective, and to think out of the box are faculties that are in very high demand in all positions of leadership. Our students move on to positions that cannot be substituted by machines.
What companies and NGOs also see in our graduates is the power to connect local and specific problems to societal trends and issues in a global and digital context. They are in high demand because they are trained to think problems through from varying disciplinary perspectives. These qualities are of huge advantage for the undertaking of entrepreneurial initiatives, for example in the context of social entrepreneurship.
Career-related services at Jacobs University provide information, counseling and training, networks, and events. The Career Services Center (CSC) as well as the Jacobs Alumni Office help students in their career development. The CSC provides students with high-quality training and coaching in CV creation, cover letter formulation, interview preparation, effective presenting, project management, business communication, and etiquette and employer research as well as in many other aspects, thus helping students identify and follow up rewarding careers after their time at Jacobs University. Digital job and internship portfolios help students to prepare for their careers.
S.M.P. (formerly Integrated Social Sciences) has the largest alumni community at Jacobs University. And our alumni are known to be especially closely connected – they are united by the common spirit of the study program and support each other in realizing their visions because they value the importance of the contribution we make. The Alumni Office will help students establish a long-lasting and worldwide network which comes in handy when exploring job options in academia, industry, and elsewhere.
Program Start Date 2021: last week of August (orientation week), the first week of September (classes)
Tuition: € 20,000 per academic year + € 8,000 living expenses
Scholarships: All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.
Application Deadlines 2021: June 1 (global) and July 25 (for applicants who do not need a visa)
Duration: 3 years full-time
Financing Options: Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.
5 reasons why you should study Society, Media, and Politics at Jacobs University:
Gain in-depth knowledge and skills in 3 social science disciplines: Sociology, Media Studies, and Political Sciences;
Be empowered to address pressing social problems and learn to make an impact by applying your skills in practice;
Benefit from a student-centered and research-oriented program;
Focus on in-depth and advanced social sciences methods and train your media skills in our media center;
Step into the footsteps of our graduates who have gone on to prestigious graduate schools such as Oxford, Harvard, Stanford Graduate School, University of Edinburgh, etc. or started their careers in start-ups, NGOs, or large global companies.
T.H.E. Young University Ranking 2019 Jacobs University has been top-ranked # 26 of 351 universities worldwide younger than 50 years, #11 in “Teaching” among the young universities worldwide as well as #1 in “International Outlook” and “Teaching” in Germany
C.H.E. Ranking 2019 Jacobs University achieved top results in numerous other areas of the C.H.E. ranking 2019. The most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region not only takes into account facts on the range of courses but also questions students themselves.