Bachelor of Arts
Catholic Theology

Catholic Theology

Theology deals with the question of God. In doing so, it must also ask the question of humanity. Theology is the scientific reflection on faith, which follows certain research methods and allows for intersubjective understanding. Catholic theology reflects on faith from the perspective of the Catholic Church as a religious community, covering a diverse range of issues touched by Christian faith. 

These are summarized in four focus areas: Biblical Theology (Old Testament, New Testament), Historical Theology (ancient church history, medieval and modern church history), Systematic Theology (fundamental theology, dogmatics, Christian social studies, moral theology) and Practical Theology (religious education, liturgy, pastoral theology, canon law). The curriculum is complemented by courses in philosophy. 

Students of theology are introduced to a wide range of academic disciplines, exploring their methodologies and ways of thinking. In addition to subject knowledge and methodological skills acquired during their studies, graduates of theology can draw on their experience in engaging with different approaches to handle the diverse range of contexts they will face at the intersection between Church, society and academia. 

Studying Catholic Theology as a dual-subject degree program allows students to enroll on two equally weighted subjects. A comprehensive introduction to theology is possible? More advanced students then focus on a certain area, possibly matching their second subject. Liberties when choosing complementary courses in Catholic Theology and elective modules allow students to build an individual profile.

This subject must be combined with a second subject.

Possible lines of work:
Speaker for organizations run by or affiliated with the Church, development cooperation (church aid organizations), education for children, youth and adults, counseling, coaching, journalism, HR, positions at archives, libraries and museums


Open admission
Bachelor of Arts
6 Semester
Winter semester
Summer semester

University entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur)

German language proficiency (CEFR level C1)

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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