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Religionswissenschaft / Religious Studies (minor subject in a combined bachelor’s degree)

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Program: Religionswissenschaft / Religious Studies
Degree: depends on the major chosen
Program option: minor subject in a combined bachelor's degree
Study model: combined bachelor's degree
Program length: 6/8 semesters / 3/4 years (180/ 210 ECTS points) (depending on the combination)
Start: Winter and Summer semesters 


How is religion changing and how does it influence politics or the economy? Explore the role of religion in society through texts, images, objects and even architecture and films. The Religious Studies minor teaches students the content-related, methodological and theoretical foundations for understanding the diversity of religious cultures within the framework of religious studies.
The content focuses on religious plurality in different regions of the world, the tangible culture of religions, the significance of religion as a social factor, the transformation of religion and the connection between gender and religion.

An integral part of the combined Bachelor's degree is the MarSkills programme, in which you will acquire valuable, future-oriented skills.


Students will acquire the following skills within the framework of the Religious Studies course:

  • Insight into theoretical, methodological and historical foundations of the subject
  • Understanding and analysing religious phenomena in the context of their socio-historical conditions and transformations
  • Critical reflection on religious, cultural, colonial and scientific stereotypes and presuppositions
  • Formulation and processing of relevant questions
  • Conducting scientific research and developing scientific research perspectives
  • Practical skills in scientific work and presentation

Work is possible in the following occupational fields:

  • Science (university, research institutions)
  • public and private educational and cultural institutions
  • international institutions and organisations (e.g. NGOs)
  • interreligious and intercultural institutions and migration authorities
  • public administration, associations, institutions and organisations where interreligious and intercultural expertise is required
  • media, publishing houses and public relations
  • Institutions of cultural mediation and journalism
  • museums
  • as well as many other high-level jobs that require professional research skills and information analysis regarding religion and culture across a range of topics.

A minor subject will help you to extend your professional qualifications profile, which is decisively shaped by the choice of your major subject. In conjunction with your major subject, your relevant work experience (e.g. internships, part-time jobs, voluntary work) and your personal skills, it will enable you to refine your profile and carve out your own individual array of career options.