Dragon illustration in a 13th-century Bible

Christianity in Culture, History, and Education

How did the Bible come into existence? Why is Jesus referred to as the ‘Son of God’? And what does ‘ecumenism’ mean? If you are interested in these questions, this is the programme for you!
Dragon illustration in a 13th-century Bible
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)
Key facts
Bachelor of Arts
Supplement to degree
major in a multi-subject bachelor’s programme
6 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 265,60
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Application & Deadlines

Content of the study programme

We can only understand the present if we are aware of the past. That is why this study programme first deals with the history of Christianity before analysing the current role of theology for religion in church and society.

‘Christianity in Culture, History, and Education’ is a field of study that brings together all six disciplines from the Faculty of Theology de: Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, Church History, Practical Theology with Religious Education, and Religious Studies.

This will give you a comprehensive insight into the history, significance and content of Christianity from the specific perspective of Protestantism. You will also study the Old and New Testament in the heartland of the Reformation.


major subject major subject Graphic: Sophie Bartholome

The bachelor's degree is the first professional qualification. The standard period of study is a total of six semesters, during which various forms of courses (e.g. seminars, lectures or exercises) are offered for the individual modules.

A multi-subject bachelor’s programme consists of a major subject with 120 credit points (CP for short; 1 CP = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations) and a minor subject with 60 CP.

‘Christianity in Culture, History, and Education’ is a major subject that can be combined with almost all major subjects offered at the University of Jena (except ‘Basics of Christianity’).

How might your study programme shape up?

The following table shows the possible structure of your course with ‘Christianity in Culture, History, and Education’ as your major subject:

Semester Modules
1st – 2nd
  • History and Theology of Christian Doctrine II (10 CP)
  • History of Israel and Christian Origins (10 CP)
  • Religion in Culture and Society I (10 CP)
  • Theories of Religious Education and its Application (10 CP)
3rd – 4th
  • History and Theology of Christian Ethics II (10 CP)
  • Literature of the Old Testament and the New Testament (10 CP)
  • Theologies of the Old Testament and the New Testament (10 CP)
  • Confessional Thinking in Protestant Traditions I (10 CP)
5th – 6th
  • Ecumenical Theory (10 CP)
  • Theories of Church Practice (10 CP)
  • Vocational module (internship, 10 CP)
  • Bachelor’s thesis (10 CP)

Abbreviations: CP = credit points

More detailed information can be found in the module catalogue for the study programme [in German].External link

Why study in Jena?

  • research focus: Due to its Lutheran roots, the Faculty of Theology de plays a pioneering role in the preservation and research of Reformation heritage. The work of theologians at the University of Jena is characterized by research on key topics like ‘The Bible in the context of antiquity and the Orient’, ‘Reconciliation from a theological and ethical perspective’, ‘Religious education in the context of social change’, ‘Reformation and modernity’ and ‘Biblical and Lutheran theology in the church and society of today’.
  • excellent supervision: small seminar groups, great student commitment and teaching staff who are (almost) always available to answer questions in one-to-one conversations
  • cooperation with related disciplines: e.g. Ancient Oriental Studies, Classical Studies and Ancient History, Semitic Studies, Max Weber College at the University of Erfurt, Chair of Applied Ethics, South-East European Studies, and the Centre for Teacher Training and Educational Research at the University of Jena
  • quick internship placements: close cooperation with churches and specialist institutions in Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt
  • adventures abroad: global network of partner universities, e.g. São Bento (Brazil), Stellenbosch (South Africa) and Sibiu (Romania)
  • important historical sites are not far from Jena, such Eisenach and Wartburg CastleExternal link, ErfurtExternal link and Weimar.External link

Behind the scenes

Change of perspective
Your studies will fully immerse you in foreign cultures, eras, languages and reasoning in small seminar groups. Some of your classes may be held outside in summer, such as here at the Frommannscher Garten in Jena.

What can you do after your studies?

Areas of employment for graduates

  • in non-school education (adult education centres, ecclesiastical academies, etc.)
  • at charitable institutions
  • at specialist editorial offices
  • at libraries, museums, foundations, cultural institutes, etc.

Postgraduate master’s programmes at our University

What are the personal requirements?

  • basic knowledge of religious and ecclesiastical history
  • a keen interest in social affairs and church issues
  • general philological skills for dealing with texts
  • interest in foreign cultures, eras, languages and reasoning

Admission requirements

University entrance qualification

A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

Language requirements

The study programme is taught in German. You must therefore have a very good command of German at the start of the study programme.

Further language skills except German:

Latin proficiency (Latinum) and Greek proficiency (Graecum) or Latin proficiency and Hebrew proficiency (Hebraicum) plus knowledge of Greek. Students must submit evidence of their language skills (except German–see above) when registering the subject of their bachelor’s thesis at the latest.


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