Protestant theology (B.A.)

The study of theology leads to an understanding of the roots of Western Christian culture, provides a means of approaching the phenomenon of 'religion’ and enables a deeper understanding of one’s own beliefs. The content of the Bachelor’s degree programme in protestant theology is drawn from the canon of the theological disciplines and their sub-branches:

  • Old Testament (topics include: the history of Israel, origins of Old Testament scripture, the rendering of God in the Old Testament),
  • New Testament (topics include: the history of primitive and early Christianity, the theology of New Testament scripture, Jesus as a historical figure and Jesus Christ as the central figure of the Christian religion),
  • Historical theology (topics include: epochs of church history, the history of the Reformation, denominational studies),
  • Systematic theology (topics include: reason and revelation, Trinity, justification, ethics),
  • Religious pedagogy (topics include: theories of religious development, the didactics of religious education, sites of religious learning) and
  • Religious studies (topics include: Judaism, Islam, inter-religious dialogue).

The study of theology combines numerous methodologies, including historical analyses, systematic comparisons, and methods drawn from the social, psychological and educational sciences, and seeks to enter into dialogue with other academic disciplines (historical studies, religious studies, educational science, philosophy and others).

By studying protestant theology, students will acquire the skills and expertise needed in order to work professionally in fields concerned with religious traditions, religious practice and the communication of and about religion. When combined with at least one other academic discipline, theological expertise can facilitate individual career openings in journalism and publishing, in libraries, museums and archives, as well as in specialist areas within the tourism industry, in continuing and further education, consulting services or in community service, social welfare and charity organizations.

The subject ‘Protestant Theology’ is offered as a main (major) degree programme in its own right or as a subsidiary (minor) subject in dual-subject Bachelor’s degree programmes where it can be combined with numerous other subjects. However, it is not possible to take both Catholic and Protestant theology. In order to complete the dual-subject Bachelor’s programme and be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, students must acquire 180 credit points. The credit points need to be accumulated as follows:

  • 83 CP from modules in the main (major) academic subject
  • 63 CP from modules in the subsidiary (minor) subject
  • 24 CP from elective modules
  • 10 CP for the final-year Bachelor thesis in the main subject.

Students studying Protestant theology must have adequate knowledge of Ancient Greek. Students who choose Protestant theology as their main subject must also demonstrate adequate proficiency in Latin or Hebrew (see Language proficiency requirements). Students with Protestant theology as their main subject must also complete 150 hours of practical training or relevant practical work experience.