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Modern religious studies tries to grasp the intrinsic logic of religions. To do this, she takes four paths: historical contextualization, phenomenological or systematic comparison, sociological observation and interpretive understanding.During the course, students are familiarized with the history and basic methods of religious studies within the basic module of religious studies.Three further modules introduce the basic texts of Judaism, Christianity and another religion such as Islam. This concerns both the origin and structure of the sacred texts (Hebrew Bible, Old and New Testament, Koran) as well as their history of interpretation and impact.The textual science approach is flanked by events on the history and inner diversity of the respective religion. In addition, the students learn the Hebrew language in order to be able to read the original Hebrew Bible as a common reference text. Second-subject students get an insight into the spelling, grammar and linguistic characteristics of Biblical Hebrew.The University of Potsdam offers religious studies as a first or second subject as part of a two-subject bachelor's degree. This enables students to set individual priorities when combining subjects. Combinations with a philology, philosophy, Jewish studies or history, for example, are popular.


The bachelor's degree has a modular structure. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module.

The basic and advanced module languages ??can be replaced by language courses in Latin or ancient Greek to the same extent, which first-degree students must complete with the Latinum or Graecum.Students who study Jewish studies as their first subject and religious studies as a second subject must take the basic language module in Jewish studies. The LP is compensated for the basic language module by the extension module for students with a first subject in Jewish studies.



First subject

Second subject

Compulsory modules 51 LP 60 LP

Basic module Judaism *

Basic module Christianity

Basic module Islam 

Advanced module theory of religion

Advanced module myth, rite, ethos

Specialization module comparative studies

Basic module Subject-specific basic skills in religious studies (second subject)

12 LP

9 LP

9 LP

6 LP

6 LP

9 LP


12 LP

9 LP

9 LP

6 LP

6 LP

9 LP

9 LP

Elective area
One of the following four options is to be chosen.
24 LP -

Variant 1: thematic consolidation

Variant 2: source language Hebrew

Variant 3 source language Latin

Variant 4: Source languages ??Latin / Ancient Greek

Key competencies 30 LP -
Basic module Subject-specific basic skills in religious studies 12 LP -
Occupational field-specific skills 18 LP -
Final module 15 LP -

Bachelor colloquium

bachelor thesis

3 LP

12 LP

total 120 LP 60 LP


Anyone who wants to study religious studies should have a fundamental interest in theological and cultural-historical issues. It is also important to be prepared to deal intensively with the source languages ??of the religions, especially Hebrew, and to communicate tolerantly and constructively with representatives of different religions. With proof of the Latinum or Graecum, a total of 12 credit points can be credited.


After completing your studies you will know the basics and the history of Judaism and Christianity as well as another religion, usually Islam. You can make different religions understand their differences as their own understanding of existence by understanding their inner logic, symbolism and pragmatics. You can classify the actually enforced orthodoxy against the background of excluded traditions (heresies). In this way, you acquire the competence to identify points of conflict and integration in the religions covered and to objectify the conversation about and with religions.

Career prospects open up for religious scholars wherever their competence as "experts in religious matters" is requested. Future fields of work include:


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