The course “Magister Theologiae”, which was introduced in 2010, accords with the current Church and state requirements for the modularised, ten-semester degree in theology. It is divided into an introductory year, basic studies (“Grundstudium”, two years) and advanced studies (“Hauptstudium”, two years). In order to complete the degree, students must submit a master’s dissertation and pass a final examination.
The faculty offers courses in Latin, Greek and Hebrew to enable those who do not yet have any knowledge of the biblical languages the opportunity to acquire them. These courses should be completed within the first four semesters. In the introductory year, all subjects within theology and philosophy are introduced. Fulda Faculty of Theology places particular emphasis on the modules “Introduction to Scripture” and “Introduction to philosophy”.
During the basic studies part of the course, different core topics within theology are treated from the point of view of different disciplines. Such topics include man and creation, the Christian idea of god, becoming a Christian in modern culture and society, Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God, the Church as mystery and as the people of God, and Christianity’s relationship to Judaism and other religions. This part of the degree also involves work experience in a parish and a second, professional work placement, both of a duration of four weeks.
During the advanced studies part of the course, the focus is more strongly on specific subjects. Individual topics are treated in more detail in the different disciplines; this may, for example, include the interpretation of specific biblical texts or ethical questions that arise in different areas of life. Further information on the structure of the degree course, on registering and on the regulations regarding the course and examinations can be found at www.thf-fulda.de, where a current lecture list is also to be found.