About Us

The University of Bonn offers the ideal parameters for theological and religion-oriented research and teaching. Since 2009, both the Faculties of Protestant and Catholic Theology have shared a theological library and often work side-by-side.

Research Areas

The Faculty of Protestant Theology offers research and academic studies in Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology (incl. Religious Education), and Intercultural Theology. In addition, 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.

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Study Programs

The Faculty offers, in addition to the two majors which prepare students to enter the ministry or teaching fields, a Bachelor of Protestant Theology and Hermeneutics (“Evangelische Theologie und Hermeneutik”), a Master of Protestant Theology (“Evangelische Theologie”), and an English-language Master of Ecumenical Studies.

200+

Years

70+

Faculty Members

600+

Students

History

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

Founding

Founding members were, among others, Friedrich Lücke, Karl Heinrich Sack, and Carl Immanuel Nitzsch.

Through Nitzsch, the department became a prominent place for mediation theology in its early days.

Nitzsch is furthermore known as the “rheinischer Kirchenvater” (Church Father of the Rhineland).

Karl Barth

Particularly of note is the teaching position held by Karl Barth between the years 1930 and 1935.

During this time the department was the centre of theological resistance against the ecclesiopolitical wave of the “German Christians.”

Consequently, the department was the target of state despotism and suffered a demolition almost unparalleled in any other academic body in Germany. They lost most of their members including Karl Barth, Karl Ludwig Schmidt, Ernst Fuchs, Fritz Lieb, Ernst Wolf, Wilhelm Goeters, and Hans Emil Weber.

Further literature

Please note that the following literature is only available in German.

  • Heiner Faulenbach (ed.), Album Professorum der Evangelisch-Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Bonn 1818-1933, Academica Bonnensia, Bd.10, Bonn 1995.
  • idem, Die Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät Bonn: Sechs Jahrzehnte aus ihrer Geschichte seit 1945, Göttingen 2009.

Get to Know the Faculty

Find out why you should visit the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bonn. We look forward to welcoming you!

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How to Find Us

The Faculty of Protestant Theology is located in the main building of the University of Bonn, Am Hof 1, and in the building An der Schloßkirche 2-4, which also houses the Theological Library.

In the main building, the Dean's Office and Examination Office are located on the ground floor of the north-east tower. The seminar rooms and offices are located in the so-called Seminar, an enclosed area on the 1st and 2nd floors.

You can reach the central entrance to the Seminar if you take the entrance in the corner of the courtyard in the direction of the city and the Rhine and then the staircase or the lift to the 2nd floor.

The entrance to the Seminar is usually closed. Students will have received the code for the keypad by email at the beginning of every semester. Visitors may call via the telephone next to the entrance.

How to really find us

The Examination Office is located in the main building of the University (Am Hof ​​1) on the ground floor of the north tower, room 0.131.

The offices of the faculty members are located not only in the main building, in the Protestant Theological Seminary, but also in the building of the Theology Library (An der Schlosskirche 2-4, second and third floor).

You will find the lecture halls in the main building, first and second floor. Lecture hall 1 is located on the ground floor.

  • Lecture hall II – IX: side of the Hofgarten, 1st floor
  • Lecture hall X – XIII: city side, 1st floor
  • Lecture hall XIV – XVI: city side, 2nd floor

The seminar rooms are also located in the main building.

  • KK-Raum: 1st floor
  • Ehem. KG-Bibliothek: 2nd floor

The theological library can be found in a separate building next to the main building. The address is “An der Schlosskirche 2-4”.

Equal Opportunity

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university and aims to increase the number of women employed in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers. To that end, we urge women with relevant qualifications to apply – we would love to have you on our team!

Organization

At the Faculty of Protestant-Theology, there are 5 departments and 2 institutes. The head of the Faculty is the Dean in cooperation with the Faculty Council (Fakultätsrat), representing the Faculty members.

Departments

Every main theological discipline has a specific department at our Faculty.

Institutes

In addition to the departments, the two institutes allow for additional specialisation.


Cooperation

Find out about our different cooperation partners. The Protestant Theological Faculty of the University of Bonn cooperates not only with the Protestant Theological Faculty of the University of Cologne but also with international and interdisciplinary partners.

Find out more

We value our many international partnerships with other faculties of Protestant theology. Details will follow soon.

The Protestant Theological Faculty of the University of Bonn cooperates with the Protestant Theological Institute of the University of Cologne, especially in the training of teachers. 

Since 2008, both the Protestant and Catholic Theological faculties have shared a theological library

There are a lot of members of our faculty who also work for the Centre for Religion and Society.  

At the „Bonner evangelisches Institut für berufsorientierte Religionspädagogik“ (bibor) the faculty contributes to research on connections between religious and professional didactics.

The Faculty of Protestant Theology is supported by the association „Freunde der Evangelisch-Theologischen Fakultät Bonn – Rheinische Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Theologie e.V.“.

The Adolf-Clarenbach-Haus (ACH) offers students a hall of residence during their studies of Protestant theology.


Downloads

Find out more about topics that are of great importance to the Faculty of Protestant Theology (PDF files, translation coming soon).

If you have further questions, please contact the Dean's Office. We look forward to hearing from you!


Contact

Avatar Dean's Office

Dean's Office

R 0.135

Am Hof 1

53113 Bonn

+49 228 73-7366

Avatar Dean of Studies Office

Dean of Studies Office

R 0.131

Am Hof 1

53113 Bonn

+49 228 73-60034

See also

Departments

Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology – get to know our departments.

Research

Get an overview of the current research projects and research priorities of the people and subjects in our faculty.

People

Find out who the employees at our faculty are and find the contact persons you are looking for.

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