Cultural History of Christianity (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

Society, art, literature and politics were closely linked in the Middle Ages – with Christianity at the centre of them. In this degree programme students explore and interpret the sources and phenomena of Christian-influenced European culture and Christianity in the Middle East within their historical context. They gain fundamental knowledge of the history of Christianity spanning more than 2000 years. Students consider questions about the different dimensions of religious practices in liturgy, for example. In this context they investigate what the sacred functions of Christian artworks were, as well as the powerful political force they could have. What biblical content is used in these objects? What do artistic and literary relics from this time say about society and politics? Which significant theologians, mystics and other chroniclers had an influence on biblical interpretations and how did they bring about changes in religious practices? How should we understand the development of Christianity in the context of the decline of the Roman Empire? Good academic knowledge of the development, content and structure of the Bible is required in order to understand the communication, interaction and media representation of Christianity.

In summary, this degree programme gives students an overview of Christianity's most important cultural contributions in a historical context. Theology also plays an important role, as the following six sub-disciplines of theology are also included in the degree programme: early church history, modern church history, Christian archaeology and art history, the theology and history of Eastern Christianity, the Old Testament, and the New Testament.

What can I do with this degree?

The list given below is just a selection of areas where graduates may find career opportunities. As the degree programme is relatively new, it is not yet possible to see any clear trends. As they have many different skills and are good at communicating and reflecting, graduates of the Cultural History of Christianity degree programme are also able to apply their skills to work in many unrelated areas. We recommend that students consult the subject advisors and other contact people for the degree programme at an early stage to find out about the requirements (BA, MA, doctoral degree) for specific careers.

  • museum work
  • curating exhibitions
  • vinformation processing
  • documentation
  • libraries and publishing
  • journalism and editing
  • adult education
  • intercultural areas where there is overlap between economics, politics and culture
  • tourism
  • public relations
  • at national or international institutions
  • research and teaching
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in the historical sub-disciplines of theology
  • a willingness to explore the content and structure of the Bible
  • a general interest in Christian culture and its historical development
  • a willingness to work with and write academic texts
  • an interest in historical issues in theology and an open mind when approaching these topics
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • FAU is one of only a few universities that offers this degree programme.
  • The degree programme focuses on historical subjects in protestant theology, a subject with a long history and an excellent reputation at FAU.
  • FAU is the only university in Germany where students can study Christian archaeology and the theology and history of Eastern Christianity, two subjects that are also part of this degree programme.
  • The degree programme also gives students an insight into art history, Christian archaeology and the history of Eastern Christianity.
Potential challenges
  • You should be interested in history and culture to study this degree programme. You are not expected to belong to a particular religion or denomination.
  • You should be aware that studying the cultural history of Christianity also involves Old Testament and New Testament studies, i.e. studying the Bible.
Combinable degree programs

Can be combined*

English and American Studies (BA), French Studies (BA), German Language and Literature (BA), History (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Studies (BA), Islamic-Religious Studies (BA), Italian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Art History (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Philosophy (BA), Political Science (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Sociology (BA), Theatre and Media Studies (BA)

*These courses are scheduled in such a way that the subjects can usually be combined without overlapping.

Can be combined after consulting a study advisor*

Book Studies (BA), Computational Linguistics (BA), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Hispanic Studies (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Education (BA), Chinese Studies (BA)

As it is not guaranteed that there will be no overlap between teaching times in this combination, you will be required to submit proof of consultation with a study advisor when enrolling. Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) or the Student Service Centre of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

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Degree program start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree program: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Type of study: Two subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Size: (currently 1-50 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions