Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

2016 - 2017 Programme


Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and anthropology

 Daytime Programme   180 credits   3 years
 European Qualifications Framework (EQF): Level 6 
 Internship: no  Final assignment: no   Exchange Programmes: yes

Sociology and anthropology originate from modern societies’ desire to know more about themselves, know more about “other” societies and have the ability to influence their own behaviour.

Sociology and anthropology are two fields that are less defined by an object than by an approach, a view, a way of analysing social reality or societal life. The sociologist’s and anthropologist’s approach combines an analytical capacity and the consideration of concrete realities (through various survey techniques, field studies, etc.). This approach is intended to be both rigorous and creative.

The scope of study of these two fields is extremely vast: social change, power, inequalities, globalisation, multiculturalism, cities and urban mobility, beliefs, family, sexuality, gender relations, new media, social networks, ecological issues, health and well-being, etc.

From fundamental research to assistance in the decision-making process (consulting) and the service to society, these two fields address a wide range of societal issues.

In a world in constant turmoil, the knowledge and skills of the sociologist and anthropologist are more relevant than ever before.


The bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology is a first cycle programme (a so-called "transition" bachelor), which comprises 180 credits and is spread over three years. It provides a preparation for several second cycle programmes (Master’s degrees) that our students can follow at another university (for further information, see the “Access to further studies” page).

The 1st year of the degree is common to all three Political Science study courses organised by the Faculty of Economics, Social and Political Sciences and Communication: political science, information and communication and, sociology and anthropology, and therefore includes an introduction to each specific discipline. Besides the will to build the programme around a solid multidisciplinary base, which is one of the trademarks of Saint-Louis University, this shared first year facilitates reorientations early on in the programme: a student can change his orientation in the second year to one of the other two Political Science study courses without having to catch up any courses. After the second year, the difference is limited to three courses.

On this flexible base, disciplinary affiliation is designed to grow throughout the programme. Put into practice in the first years through the “Sociology and social and cultural Anthropology” course, it peaks in the third year with 18 credits of specialised courses. And can rise to 24 credits if the workshop is based on a Sociologic/Anthropologic issue, and to 43 by grouping the 15 credits of optional courses in the Sociology and Anthropology specialisation Minor (for details on the programme, refer to the "Programme" page).

The structure of the programme consists of "classic" lectures in an auditorium, an introduction to the human and social science disciplines (philosophy, law, history, economics, psychology, sociology, political science, information and communication), methodological lessons accompanied by tutorials (for example: approaches and research methods in social sciences). As for the reading seminars in one of the specialised disciplines (for example: Thinking social, Thinking political, Thinking the human being, Thinking communication) and the thematic workshop in the third year, they allow for more personalised work in smaller groups. (For more details on the originality and uniqueness of the third year multidisciplinary workshop, refer to the "Workshop" page).