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The University of Bonn offers the ideal parameters for theological and religion oriented research and teaching. Since 2009, both the Protestant and Catholic Theology departments have shared a theological library and often work side-by-side. The Protestant Theology Department offers research and academic studies in Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology, Social Ethics, Practical Theology, and Religious Education. The Institute for Hermeneutics, The Ecumenical Institute, The Protestant Institute for Religious Education of Bonn, and The Center for Religion and Society all emphasize interdisciplinary studies.  The department offers, in addition to the two majors which prepare students to enter the ministry or teaching fields, a Bachelor of Protestant Theology and Hermeneutics, a Master of Protestant Theology, and an English Language Master of Ecumenical Studies. 

Courses of Study in English

Ecumenical Studies (Master of Arts)

Extended Ecumenical Studies (Master of Arts)

Doctoral Studies

ERASMUS Opportunities

Courses of Study in German

Protestant Theology (certification to enter a pastoral internship program)

Protestant Theology 

Protestant Theology and Hermeneutics, B.A.

Protestant Religious Education (Bachelor of Teaching)

Protestant Theology (Master of Arts)

Protestant Religious Education (Master of Teaching)

What do graduates do after graduation?

Graduates of the Department of Theology go on to pursue careers in academia, the church, and as teachers of religion within the public school system.


After the founding of the University by the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III in 1818, the Protestant Theology Department came into being one year later in 1819. 

The University was founded on Wilhelm von Humboldt's belief that research and teaching should be seamlessly intertwined.

Particularly of note is the teaching position held by Karl Barth between the years of 1930 and 1935. During this time the department was the center of theological resistance against the ecclesiopolitical wave of the “German Christian.” Consequently, the department was the target of state despotism and suffered a demolition almost unparalleled in any other academic corporation in Germany. 

Beethoven played in the church associated with the department, the Schloßkirche, when he was young.




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