Globalization has torn down walls, dissolved old hierarchies, and brought cultures closer together; however, this newfound cultural proximity has also created burning issues of integration and migration facing Denmark and Europe today.

Program Highlights

  • Through workshops with diverse guest speakers, take part in debates that handle the most current issues of our society
  • During Core Course Week and on field studies in Copenhagen, explore the transition of previously homogeneous Denmark and neighboring countries brought about by immigration from non-Western countries
  • Travel on a faculty-led study tour to hear personal stories and explore current issues surrounding cultural divisions and political tensions

Student Profile

This program is right for you if you study sociology, anthropology, political science, or international relations. You should have an interest in examining issues of immigration, integration, and social capital from a European perspective.

The Danish context and cultural response to the Syrian refugee crisis that we discuss in my core course has strengthened my understanding in my other classes, as well as in my travels. Hearing perspectives of locals, organizations, and policymakers helps me better understand the different cultural reactions to the crisis based on traditions of multiculturalism and inclusivity.

-Sam Lubliner, Elon University

Why Study Sociology in Copenhagen?

Denmark is facing an increasing number of migrants from non-Western societies. Traditionally a homogeneous welfare state, Denmark is struggling to deal with the new minorities and the challenge of successful integration.

Issues of cultural conflicts and their effects on the social cohesion of Danish society are inevitable, and Copenhagen is the classroom in which you will observe and challenge your own opinions on the social, political, and cultural implications of these conflicts.

Core Courses