The main aim of the Study of Religions programme is to develop precise and critical knowledge of the phenomenon of religion in general, and in particular the great religious traditions (Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc) as well as more marginal religious currents or other reconstructions. The methods used are mainly those of the human and social sciences, such as comparative history, anthropology and sociology.
The Bachelor degree comprises a major in the Study of Religions and an optional minor.
Major in the Study of Religions
The major in the study of religions allows a detailed study of three religious traditions, chosen from:
- Religions of South Asia
- Polytheistic Religions of the Ancient Worlds: Greece/Rome/Levant
- History of Ancient and Modern Judaism
- History of Ancient and Modern Christianity
- Socio-anthropology and History of Islams
- Religious and Spiritual Plurality in Contemporary Societies
The course also covers a range of approaches (history, sociology of religions, anthropology of religions, psychology of religions and religions in migration), the languages associated with the religious traditions studied, and historiography, concepts and methods.
Minor: 1 from the list below:
- Religions, Languages and Texts
- Theological Studies
- Social Sciences
- Political Science
- Ancient History
- South Asian Languages and Cultures
- History of Art
- Computer Science for the Humanities
Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religions
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in the Study of Religions
30 April. If you require a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February.
At UNIL, the following Master's programmes are open without further conditions to holders of the Bachelor or Arts (BA) in the Study of Religions:
- Master of Arts (MA) in the Study of Religions with or without Specialisation Focus on Interculturality
- Master of Arts (MA) in Digital Humanities