The ISS BA Program

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Learn how the world works through a multidimensional social sciences lens.

About the Program

The Integrated Social Sciences (ISS) BA program at Jacobs University is a unique program, designed for an international student body and by a faculty strongly committed to interdisciplinary research. The program comprises of three major disciplines of the social sciences: political science, sociology and communication science. The three-year program includes the following core modules:

+ Introduction to the Social Sciences

+ Communication, Culture & Consumption

+ Crisis & Conflict Management 

+ Advanced Qualitative & Quantitative Methods

In this program, students learn how contemporary societies have developed and how they function, with a focus on the key challenges these societies are confronted with (e.g. economic globalization, the growth of megacities, ethno-cultural diversity, and the rise of the critical citizen). None of these issues can be fully grasped, let alone addressed, through the prism of a single social science. A comprehensive understanding will only come from integrating insights from all the social sciences, together with relevant facts identified by the natural sciences.

Ultimately, the aim of the ISS program is to train students in gaining an all-rounded perspective of the social sciences and on human behavior and social organization.


Why ISS?

Quick reasons why you should join the ISS (BA) program:

+ 3-year BA-program taught by experienced research faculty

+ In-depth knowledge and skills in 3 social science disciplines: Political Science, Sociology, Communication Science

+ Student-centered and research-oriented

+ Focus on in-depth and advanced social sciences methods

+ Top of the class fellow students who are highly motivated

+ Integration into ongoing research projects

+ Topical focus throughout the 3 years of study

+ Cross-Cultural Comparison

+ Global Digitization and its Impact on Politics, Society and Media

+ Advanced Statistics & Methods

+ ISS Graduates have gone on to prestigious graduate schools such as Oxford, Harvard, Stanford Graduate School, University of Edinburgh, etc.

+ ISS is one of the original majors of Jacobs University, which means we have one of the biggest Jacobs alumni groups. You’ll have a big and diverse group of ISS-Seniors to network with!