The study of religious studies at the Free University of Berlin places the emphasis on the history of religion on the European, especially ancient Greek and Roman tradition, whereby cultural traditions and updates of non-European non-scriptural and script-centered religions can also be included. Against the background of reflection on the history of science as well as a historical-anthropological and material-hermeneutic orientation, basic concepts, theories and methods relevant to religious studies are critically thought through, Specific religious and cultural-historical developments are analyzed and compared with one another, and processes of transfer and transformation across time and space, in particular of religious ideas and practices from antiquity, are researched in their cultural contexts. This includes the mastery of scientific working methods, the ability to critically analyze sources and research as well as the ability to appropriately present scientific findings in a factual and linguistic manner.


Religious Studies is combined with a 90 CP core subject as a 60 CP module. The 30 CP module offering combines religious studies with a suitable 120 CP core subject or a 90 CP core subject and a further 30 CP module offer.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module exams. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Religious Studies as a 60 CP module offer

module Introduction to religious studies
module Historical module I
module Historical module II
module Analytical module
module Historical-analytical module
module Specialties in the history of science


Religious Studies as a 30 CP module offer

module Introduction to religious studies or an analytical module 

Historical module I or historical module II

module Historical-analytical module or special fields in the history of science



Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. Since religious studies are studied as a module within the framework of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen 90 CP core subject usually shapes the professional qualification.



Admission mode 1st semester
No admission restrictions
Admission mode higher semester
No admission restrictions (for the winter semester for the 3rd and 5th semester, for the summer semester for the 2nd, 4th and 6th semester)

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