Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies (Leuven)
Bachelor of Arts
Interested in the study of theology and religion? In Leuven we offer an internationally renowned Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies. In a three-year programme (full- or part-time) students are initiated in all areas that together constitute Christian theology; in addition, particular attention is given to the contribution of religious studies, classical and modern languages, and philosophy. In some cases students can be granted advanced standing and as such admission to the Abridged Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies (between 45 to 120 ECTS).
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What is the Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies all about?
The Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies (also available part-time)will:
- deepen your current understanding of the Christian tradition and the history of the Church;
- improve you knowledge of modern and Biblical languages, philosophy and other human sciences;
- help you re-examine your assumptions and critically deepen, broaden and mature your faith in conversation with contemporary culture;
- prepare for a more specialised study in the Master's Programme in Theology and Religious Studies following the successful completion of the Bachelor's Programme.
This programme can also be taken part-time.
The Bachelor programme offered by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies endeavours to make a contribution to the overall formation and development of the students and to prepare them to engage in independent theological and interdisciplinary reflection on the Catholic faith tradition. At the same time, the programme also intends to stimulate interest in the mutual relationships between the various Christian churches and between Christianity and the other world religions.
The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies has built a rich history and tradition ever since its founding in 1432. The Faculty focuses on training students and researchers in scientifically-based, and methodological reflection and application, where theology and religious studies mutually enrich one another. All of the Faculty’s programmes are taught in both Dutch and English and are open to students of every nationality. The Faculty currently has students from more than sixty countries and thus from virtually every part of the globe.
- 1 March 2017 (for non-EEA citizens)
- 1 June 2017 (for EEA citizens)
KU Leuven uses an online application system. You can download and submit your application form via www.kuleuven.be/application. Students with a Flemish degree can consult www.kuleuven.be/studentenadministratie.
The tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year will be determined in the spring of 2017. Please consult the website for the most recent information:www.kuleuven.be/tuitionfees.
Is this the right programme for me?
In addition to meeting the general and faculty-specific admission requirements, applicants should have:
- an awareness of history; the ability to relate pieces of concrete historical information with one another and locate them along a temporal line;
- interest in religious attitudes, customs and traditions;
- awareness of the public role of religion, rituals and manifestations within and outside one's own environment;
- an initial familiarity with the Christian tradition and the history of the church; familiarity with the basic vocabulary of the Christian tradition, including terms such as 'prophet', 'Bible', Jesus of Nazareth, etc.;
- the capacity to summarise and apply abstract insights and schematic presentations; the ability to distinguish between doctrines, rituals and practices.
ObjectivesThe Theology and Religious Studies curriculum is aimed at the interdisciplinary and scientific study of the Catholic faith tradition in the context of a multicultural and multi-religious society and world. Academic formation intended to prepare men and women to judge and act maturely in matters related to theology and religious studies ought not only to pass on the broad lines of the tradition of research in these domains but also to focus closely on developments in the various fields of study that contribute thereto. It is for this reason that the teaching programmes offered by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies endeavour to make a contribution to the overall formation and development of the students and to prepare them to engage in independent theological and interdisciplinary reflection on the Catholic faith tradition. At the same time, the programmes also intend to stimulate interest in the mutual relationships between the various Christian churches and between Christianity and the other world religions.
- The development of an integrated reference framework via introductions to the primary disciplines of theology and religious studies and the philosophical and social sciences that facilitate reflection in theology and religious studies.
- The development of basic capacities specific to academic formation in theology and religious studies, including the combination of a broad scientific interest and a critical disposition with respect to the various ways in which the phenomenon of religion is presented and evaluated in the academy, in society at large and in culture.
- Preparation for more specialised study in the Master's Programme in Theology and Religious Studies following the successful completion of the Bachelor's Programme.
Final attainment levels with respect to the Programme of Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies as a whole:
1. knowledge of and insight into the fundamental concepts and methods of theology in relation to its distinct methodological perspectives (literary-historical: biblical sciences, history of church and theology; systematic-theological: dogmatic theology, theological ethics; pastoral-theological).
2. knowledge of and insight into the fundamental concepts and methods of religious studies, inter-religious dialogue and the study of the major world religions.
3. knowledge of and insight into the fundamental concepts and methods of canon law.
4. knowledge of and insight into the fundamental concepts and methods of philosophy, social sciences and psychology with specific attention to the manner in which these disciplines endeavour to clarify and explain the phenomenon of religion.
5. the capacity to apply the insights acquired in the theological and non-theological disciplines to problems, questions and statements related to religion, fundamental life options and society.
6. the capacity to analyse matters related to church and religion and locate them within a broader framework.
7. the capacity to enter into discussion on matters related to theology and religion in a broader social context and to adopt a reasonable and responsible standpoint in such discussions.
8. the capacity to independently and adequately assimilate literature (including foreign language literature) in the field of theology and religious studies.
9. the independent composition of an annual paper under the guidance of a promoter. This implies the careful formulation of a well-defined research topic, the assimilation and analysis of the relevant literature, the provision of a coherent synthesis, articulation and evaluation of the insights contained therein and the adoption of an initial, critical perspective with respect to the acquired insights.
10. the capacity to apply acquired knowledge and competences in an elementary fashion in the contexts of teaching, liturgy and pastoral work.
11. the capacity to apply acquired knowledge and competences in an elementary fashion to social issues.
12. able to work autonomously and to collaborate.
After graduation, most bachelor students decide to continue with their studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies to obtain a Research Master and often even a Doctoral Degree. Studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies prepares students for a variety of careers in sectors such as e.g. education, business, publishing, the media and the socio-cultural sector.
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
tel. +32 16 32 38 69
fax +32 16 32 38 58
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Sint-Michielsstraat 4, box 3100
3000 LEUVEN, Belgium
Study Advice Service
Naamsestraat 80 box 5415
3000 LEUVEN, Belgium
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