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    Dekan of the faculty Religious Studies
    Professor Elfe Ulrike Baumgartner
  • Bachelor of Religious Studies

    Bachelor of Religious Science

    Faculty Religious Studies
    Institute Comparative Religious Studies
    Comparative religious studies belong to the humanities and cultural studies. It is concerned with researching the various world religions, religious communities, worldviews, and ideologies in their social and cultural contexts and comparing them on an empirical and historical basis in relation to the present. It deals with the questions of the legitimacy of religion in our society, the basic patterns of individual religions, as well as the interaction between them.

    Description of the bachelor

    The Bachelor’s program in Comparative Religious Studies conveys a fundamental understanding of different religions and their cultural and social communication systems in their respective social and cultural contexts, independent of ideological theologies. Along the same lines, they explore forms of religious identity formation. Students take interdisciplinary subjects such as sociology, psychology, politics, ethics, and philosophy to complement and supplement their studies and make contexts more understandable.


    When choosing to study at Yushin-Ryu University students can earn an advanced Bachelor’s degree in 8 semesters (4 years) with a total of 240 ECTS. By doing so, it will be easier for you to pursue a Master’s degree, in which you will only need to add one more year.


    While studying, students are equipped with the necessary tools to research and compare religions empirically, historically, and systematically. The course deals with the common world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism), religious communities, and various worldviews and ideologies. Following the successful completion of the program, you will possess the ability to examine and compare questions in an analytical and comparative manner regarding the functions of religion in contemporary times, basic patterns and basic behaviors of religious change, and interactions between different religions. Graduates are experienced in dealing with the various forms of religious identity formation. Throughout the program of study, students explore the complex social interrelationships between religion, culture, and society, investigating how religious ideas, actions, and thoughts of groups and individuals shape our collective experience.

    The Study Program in Brief

    Tuition fees amount to CHF 13,300 for the entire Bachelor’s program, including enrollment fees. In addition, there are costs for the teaching materials, which vary depending on the subject, and travel to the oral and written final examination in your area.

    Students who have successfully completed their schooling are generally eligible for admission to our distance learning university. Depending on the course of study, additional prerequisites can be defined; this is evident in the detailed study information and during registration. An equivalency procedure can be applied in case of a missing degree. There will be a written exam after each module (semester). In order to enter the next higher module, the initial examination must be successfully passed (propaedeutic).
    The Master’s programs are only open to students with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Those with an equivalent degree are asked to send their documents to the Rector’s Office by mail or by post.

    The length of study depends on the desired workload and the payment made. We will be happy to create a personal study plan for you.


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