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Bachelor program

Degree Profile

Begin of study
winter semester
Duration
6 semester
Academic degree
Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
Structure
full time and part time
Faculty
Faculty of Philosophy
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Dual-subject Bachelor
major and minor subject
Teaching language
German
School subject
Ethics
Teacher relevance
Primary schools, Secondary schools, Vocational schools
ECTS
180

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
  • European polytheisms

Not only are the European manifestations of the traditions taken into account, but also their historical references are examined. In the course of your studies you will acquire basic knowledge of religious traditions and their interactions in specific cultural contexts.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are active in these professional fields:

  • teaching ethics in primary or regular schools (provided that a Master's degree related to teaching profession has been completed),
  • in the media sector,
  • in public relations,
  • in publishing,
  • in cultural management,
  • in development cooperation,
  • in adult education,
  • in tourism,
  • in commercial enterprises.

Studying Religion: Why a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies? (in German)

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Religious Studies in Detail

Structure of the study program

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

Two-Subject-Bachelor

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

Possible combinations

At the University of Erfurt, you will study a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor) in the bachelor's program. You may have to observe combination rules.

Combination rule:

  • Religious Studies can be combined with all fields of study.
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Study abroad

Study abroad

A semester abroad in an English speaking country is strongly recommended. The International Office will be happy to assist you in organizing your stay abroad.

Study abroad

Internships

Internships during studies

  • Interdisciplinary Internship for Vocational Field
  • optional: Internship for Vocational Field

Further internships for students with the professional goal of becoming teachers:

  • two school type-related school internships in the Bachelor's program

Study teaching profession

Information about study teaching profession

Teacher training takes place in the Bachelor-Master study system. The degree is equivalent to the 1st state examination. Following the Master's program, you will complete the preparatory service, which concludes with the 2nd state examination.
study teaching at the University of Erfurt

Relevance for teacher training

If you follow a master's degree course in teaching, you will acquire the teaching qualification for the subject Ethics at the following schools:

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Vocational schools

Studying to become a primary school teacher

  • Combination of the major subject Primary and Elementary Education with the minor subject Religious Studies.

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Studying to become a primary school teacher

Studying to become a secondary school teacher

  • Combination of Religious Studies with minor subject (relevant to the teaching profession)

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Studying to become a secondary school teacher

Studying to become a teacher for vocational schools

  • Religious Studies as a general subject

Studying to become a teacher for vocational schools

Admissions qualification

Studying with Abitur

  • general qualification for university entrance or the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or a comparable previous education

General information on the admission requirements (study without Abitur):
www.uni-erfurt.de/studium/zugangsvoraussetzungen

Language requirements

Language requirements during studies

Until the end of the studies (major field of study):

  • Knowledge at level B1 reading comprehension of a foreign language relevant to the chosen major field of study:
    • Islamic Studies: Arabic, Turkish, Urdu or Persian
    • Jewish Studies: Judaistic Hebrew (Ivrit, Biblical Hebrew)
    • Cultural History European Polytheisms: Latin or Ancient Greek
    • Cultural History of Latin Christianity: Latin
    • Cultural history of Orthodox Christianity: Ancient Greek, Modern Greek or Russian

This knowledge is only recommended for the minor.

Language Centre

The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.
www.uni-erfurt.de/sprachenzentrum

International applicants

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH)
Language requirements for access / DSH

No admission limitation (without nc)

Without admission limitation (without NC)

At present, no admission limitation (without numerus clausus) is expected.

Master Programs

Open Day & Discovery Days

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Open Day

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Discovery Days

The discovery days at the University of Erfurt mean experiencing "studying up close". Within a week (on as many days as you like) you can attend selected courses (lectures or seminars) and get a taste of campus life. Information and program: Discovery Days

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Presentation of the subject Religious Studies (University Information Day) (in German)

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Application

[Translate to English:] Bewerbungszeit: Studentin mit Uhr
[Translate to English:] Jetzt bewerben!

The major and minor subject in Religious Studies is admission-free (without NC).

Application for the two-subject Bachelor's degree:

When combining Religious Studies with an admission-free program (without NC), you can enroll directly from June 1 to September 30.

Enrol now for Religious Studies!

When combining Religious Studies with an admission-restricted program (with NC), please apply from July 1 to August 20 via the following link.

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For international students

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