Religious Studies (phased out)

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Bachelor programme

Degree profile

Begin of study
winter semester
6 semester
Academic degree
Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
full time and part time
Faculty of Philosophy
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Dual-subject Bachelor
major and minor subject
Teaching language
School subject
Teacher relevance
Primary schools, Secondary schools, Special schools, Vocational schools

The degree programme "Religious Studies" is being phased out. Students who apply now will be enrolled in the new degree programme "Religious Studies 2021".

Course Details

In the major and minor in Religious Studies you will examine a special type of cultural interpretation and symbol systems, namely religions. The conditions of emergence and change as well as typical patterns of such systems, their sponsorship, organization, ideology, social consequences and orientation performance for individuals are taken into account.

At the University of Erfurt you will find the following areas of religious studies:

  • Latin Christianity
  • Orthodox Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism

Religious Studies in Detail

Structure of the study programme

The bachelor's degree course at the University of Erfurt comprises a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor's degree) as well as the fundamental course of study. It aims to impart specialist content and occupational field orientation as well as interdisciplinary skills. The standard period of study is six semesters.

Orientation Phase (First Year)

  • Systematic religious studies
  • European religious studies (2 out of 5):
    • Introduction to Islamic Studies
    • Introduction to Jewish Studies
    • Introduction to the cultural history of Latin Christianity
    • Introduction to the cultural history of orthodox Christianity
    • Introduction to European polytheisms

Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)

  • Theory and methodology of religious studies
  •  4 of 7 modules:
    • Philosophy/Ethics
    • Language course
    • European polytheisms
    • Cultural history of orthodox Christianity
    • Cultural History of Latin Christianity
    • Jewish Studies
    • Islamic Studies


The major and minor subjects differ in terms of the content and scope of the course. In the major subject a Bachelor thesis is written.

Examinations regulations major Religious Studies

Examinations regulations minor Religious Studies

Master Programmes


It is no longer possible to apply for this degree programme. However, you can apply for the new Bachelor's programme:

Enrol now for Religious Studies

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