STUDY OF RELIGION

The study of religions and religious phenomena and their significance for people and cultures.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

At the Bachelor’s degree programme in the study of religion, you learn about the interplay between religion, culture and society. You will study the major religions of the world, historical religions, new religions and religious trends. You will also learn about religious phenomena such as myths, rituals, phenomenologies, legends and holiness.

Studying on the study of religion programme

The teaching on the Bachelor’s degree programme in the study of religion is a mix of lectures and classroom instruction in small groups, where you do presentations, participate in discussions and work with your study group. You learn about historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical perspectives on religion, and analyse religions’ current form and role in society.

Elective component and languages

At the study of religion, you will also learn a language such as Greek, Latin or Hebrew. All of these languages underlie a major religious tradition, and via the language courses you learn to study religious texts in their original language. You also have a range of elective subjects, so that you can immerse yourself in topics such as mythology, North American Indians or self-development.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in the study of religion, you will be qualified for admission to a number of Master's degree programmes, which give you teaching competence for upper secondary schools, folk high schools, seminars and universities. You can also work for humanitarian organisations, in public administration or with communication and culture.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22340

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure

The Bachelor's degree programme in the study of religion focuses on several areas. You learn about the history and contemporary issues of selected religions and about the study of religion in relation to the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. In addition, you will learn about ethical, religious-philosophical and psychological issues, as well as learning one of the classical languages.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in the study of religion, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in the study of religion. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.

 

 

Student life

Teaching on the programme in the study of religion

Much of the teaching on the Bachelor’s degree programme in the study of religion takes place in larger or smaller groups. The form of instruction will alternate between lectures, where your teacher reviews assigned texts, and classroom instruction, where you and your fellow students actively take part in the teaching via exercises and discussions. At the study of religion, you will also be part of a study group. You will do presentations and complete assignments together and perhaps spar with one another in connection with exams.

Below is an example of a timetable for the first semester of the Bachelor’s programme in the study of religion. As a new student, you will quickly find that the study of religion is a full-time degree programme. While may not have as many scheduled lessons as you are used to, you will come to spend a lot of time preparing for individual lessons.

Monday
8:00-10:00 Classroom instruction: Sociology of Religion
11:00 - 14:00 Lecture: Israelitic Religion and Judaism in Antiquity
14:00 - 16:00 Preparation time

Tuesday
08:00 - 11:00 Preparation time
11:00-13:00 Classroom instruction: History of Religion
14:00 - 16:00 Lecture: Introductory course in the History of Religion

Wednesday
08:00 - 10:00 Preparation time
10:00 -12:00 Lecture: Sociology of Religion
14:00 - 16:00 Practical exercises: Introductory course in the History of Religion

Thursday
08:00 - 15:00 Preparation time
16:00 - 18:00 Lecture: History of Religion

Friday
9:00 - 12:00 Study group work
12:00 - 15:00 Preparation time

Social life on the study of religion programme

As a student of the study of religion, there are many social activities for you to get involved in once you close your books. The study of religion shares the same location as theology and much of the study environment takes place across the two degree programmes. As a student, you have the chance to actively take part in many associations, such as:

The degree programme council
As a member of the subject’s degree programme council, you can help to ensure that the students’ views are heard in the political bodies at the university. The degree programme council discusses the study environment and social and academic issues.

Theos Bar
The social committee at the study of religion and theology is called Theos Bar. The association holds a Friday bar every Friday, where you have the chance to enjoy a cold beer or soft drink with your fellow students. Theos Bar also holds bigger parties several times a semester.

Figenbladet (the fig leaf) magazine
If you are passionate about writing academic articles, reviews or editorials, you can contribute to the student magazine Figenbladet (the fig leaf). The magazine is primarily intended for students at the study of religion, theology and Arabic and Islamic studies.

Totem
Totem is the students' journal at the study of religion. You can use the journal to either share your knowledge, or to find inspiration and good advice about how to master the academic genre.

Studying abroad

As a student of the study of religion, you can spend a semester studying abroad. Studying in a foreign country improves your language skills, and you get a chance to learn about another culture first-hand. During the final year of your BA programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Find inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Your career opportunities as a graduate of the BA programme in the study of religion depend on what supplementary subjects you take, as well as what Master’s degree programme you choose later on.

A Bachelor’s degree in the study of religion provides a fundamental understanding of a cross-section of the world's religions and religious phenomena. You will be able to see the effect of religion on humans, cultures and societies. This includes being able to study and work with religion from sociological, psychological or historical angles. At the same time, you will learn one of the classical languages – either Latin, Greek or Hebrew.

Many graduates of the degree programme in the study of religion find work as teachers at upper secondary schools, folk high schools and seminars. In addition, the degree programme gives you qualifications so you can work for humanitarian organisations or in public administration and communication.

Supplementary subjects

Before you complete your Bachelor’s degree programme in the study of religion, you will be required to select a supplementary subject. You have many options and below are some examples of subjects, which other students at the study of religion have previously selected:

  • Supplementary subject in History
  • Supplementary subject in Scandinavian Language and Literature
  • Supplementary subject in Arabic and Islamic studies

 

 

Master’s degree programmes

After completing the Bachelor’s degree in the study of religion, you are qualified for admission to many different Master’s degree programmes. However, you should be aware that admission to some Master’s degree programmes requires specific supplementary subjects: 

  • The Master's degree programme in the study of religion, where your Bachelor in the subject enables you to put issues into perspective and approach topics in a critical manner.
  • The Master's degree programme in the history of ideas, where you work with a wide range of humanistic, social scientific, scientific and current issues.
  • The Master's degree programme in the religious roots of Europe, where you study how the religions of the world came into being.
  • The Master's degree programme in anthropology, where you work with the world’s cultures and communities on a general level.