Why study Religious Studies?
Ann-Kathrin Wolf, 24, Germany
It’s good that you don’t have to decide what specific area to focus on straight away, but can wait until the second year of your degree programme. You’re a bit better informed by then and can narrow down your specialisations.
Benjamin Scala, 31, Germany
The huge freedom of choice in the Religious Studies MA is a real advantage. I didn’t find it difficult to decide which area I wanted to focus on – I’d already had a taste of some of them during my bachelor’s degree. The subjects you choose are determined by your own interests.
The Master 2.0 degree Religious Studies ...
|is unique because …||it is offered here by CERES, the Centre for Religious Studies, which provides an excellent infrastructure for your studies: this is not only due to the proximity to the many neighbouring disciplines combined there, but also an interdisciplinary research network which is unique throughout Germany and is institutionally and thematically intertwined with the religious studies teaching. The religious studies degree at the Ruhr-Universität is therefore shaped early on by the connection to and involvement in research.|
|has international collaborations with ...||Netherlands (Groningen University), further planned|
|deals with research issues such as…||why it may be worthwhile for migrants to be religious; what cults are and whether they are generally dangerous; whether Buddhism is really so peaceful; whether religion will die out in the global society; and why couples in Bollywood films never kiss.|
|combines…||regional studies and philologies such as Islamic or East Asian studies with humanities and social science subjects such as sociology, history, psychology and media studies.|
|is conducted in …||German and English|
|is suitable for graduates in the subjects...||regional studies, philologies, humanities and social sciences, provided there has been a reference to religious studies topics in the previous course of studies.|
|The perfect applicant is …||not in search of meaning, but interested in religion from a social-cultural-scientific perspective, and is just as happy to watch “Apocalypse Now” as a documentary about Aum Shinrikyo.|
Opens careers to graduates …
|in the area of education, librarianship and archiving, in museums and exhibition-related project work, in media and public relations, in political consulting, or in religious institutions and associations.|
|Degree:||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|15.1. and 15.7.|
|Start:||10.4. and 15.10.|
|Costs:||probably 254 Euro per semester (including the local public transport ticket for the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia).|