Religious Studies

47.03.03In english and russian

Level of education Bachelor

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 4 years

Programme description
  • The bachelor’s programme ‘Religious Studies’ uses an interdisciplinary approach and is designed to train experts in religious studies
  • Graduates acquire: fundamental knowledge in religious studies; fundamental theories and methods of research and project activities; and the teaching skills necessary for the implementation of the educational process based on modern methods and educational technologies
  • The programme is interdisciplinary and is a complex synthesis of various humanities and social sciences (philology, sociology, anthropology, history, psychology and philosophy), natural sciences and computer science 
Main courses
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • History of Religions
  • History of Freethinking and Atheism
  • Science and Religion
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Religious Anthropology
  • Religious Ethics
  • Freedom of Conscience
  • Contemporary Non-Traditional Doctrines and Cults
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Phenomenology of Religion
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Esoteric Doctrines
Our advantages
  • St Petersburg University is one of the largest centres in Russia for the study of religion and religious organisations with unique teaching staff.
  • The programme uses self-developed educational standards and competence-oriented curricula.
  • The programme uses an interdisciplinary approach and is designed to train experts in religious studies. Graduates acquire: fundamental knowledge in religious studies; fundamental theories and methods of research and project activities; and the teaching skills necessary for the implementation of the educational process based on modern methods and educational technologies.
  • Students master sociological and anthropological methods of studying religionism.
  • Graduates are able to understand the nature and specific features of modern religious studies problems.
  • Students have the opportunity to take part in academic mobility programmes and successfully continue their academic career at the most prestigious universities in the world.
  • Graduates are highly demanded in the labour market in various fields of activity. They can work in: state, public and commercial organisations; educational institutions and scientific institutes (including the State Museum of the History of Religion); government bodies; museums; mass media; tourism; and advertising.
International relations
  • Belarusian State University (the Republic of Belarus)
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany)
  • University of Passau (Germany)
  • University of Southern Denmark, the Faculty of Humanities (Denmark)
  • Tianjin Normal University (China)
  • Hiroshima City University (Japan)
Practical training and career opportunities

Practices at

  • The State Museum of the History of Religion 
  • St Petersburg Classical Gymnasium No 610

Professions

  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Museum custodian
  • Guide
  • Journalist