Faculty of TheologyProtestant Theology – Bachelor 50%
Prospective Student Information Day at Heidelberg University – 17. November 2021
A degree in Protestant theology is more than just preparation for the rectory or a teaching degree: Studying theology means discovering people, texts and ideas in the past and the present. Students learn to investigate Christian religions with the help of a unique variety of methods.
Facts & Formalities
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts|
|Type of programme||Undergraduate|
|Start of programme||Winter and summer semester|
|Standard period of study||6 semesters|
|Language(s) of instruction||German and English|
|Fees and contributions||171.80 € / Semester|
|Application procedure||Subjects with no admission restrictions|
|Application deadlines||Information about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.|
|Teaching degree option||Yes|
The Bachelor’s degree programme in Protestant theology provides students with a broad, specialised education in all theological areas. Students learn the necessary skills to historico-critically analyse key sources of Christian faith (Old and New Testament) as well as the history of their interpretation and reception. Biblical tradition, ecclesiastical history and theological content are linked with political, social, institutional, cultural, and scientific dimensions of the past and the present. In this context, the critical reflection of the intention of the message within past and present Christian religions plays a key role. At the same time, the degree programme also conveys the methodological and theoretical competencies required to understand non-Christian religions within the framework of potential inter-religious and intercultural problems. Students acquire the skills and knowledge to reflect and present Christian faith and its core topics in context, from a problem-oriented perspective that is relevant to present times, to reflect the relevance of Christian faith for individual and social-moral questions and issues, and to advocate Christian faith in discourse on positions associated with philosophical ethics.
In order to study the Bachelor’s degree in Protestant theology (major subject), students must submit proof of language knowledge in Latin and Ancient Greek. This requirement can also be fulfilled during the course of study and must be completed by the 6th academic semester.
The degree programme was designed according to the legal provisions of two-tier teaching degrees and can be taken with or without the Teaching Degree option.
The academic programme commences with an introductory phase (basic studies/preparatory courses), in which students acquire a general overview of the subject and basic understanding of bible study (Old and New Testament).
The programme is then divided into specialised main areas of Protestant theology:
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Church and dogma history
- Systematic theology (dogmatics, ethics and ecumenical theology)
- Religious studies and intercultural theology
The basic modules convey a comprehensive overview of these areas. The ensuing area of specialisation enables students to specialise in one area according to their own interest. The degree programme can be studied as a 1st or 2nd major subject (50%), with or without Teaching Degree option. If the Teaching Degree option is selected, students also study religious pedagogy in the context of the specialised didactics module.