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The Department of Protestant Theology at Bielefeld University is characterized by its interdisciplinary networking and its openness to empirical research - which means that also students are invited and encouraged to carry out empirical studies within a framework of learning through research.
Current research is hosted in the department's Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion and Society (CIRRuS), which has its own extensive website. Part of CIRRuS is the Research Center for Biographical Studies in Contemporary Religion.
All theological disciplines are represented in the department: Old and New Testament (PD Dr. Thomas Witulski), Systematic Theology and Church History (Prof. Dr. Dr. Heinrich Schäfer), Religious Studies/Comparative Religion (apl.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Ina Wunn), and Practical Theology/Religious Education (Prof. Dr. Heinz Streib). Teaching is supported by a number of academic assistants, primary researchers in research projects, and, to a limited extent, by the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal [Wuppertal Theological Seminary].
Most of the more than 400 students are enrolled in Bachelor and Master of Education programs to become teachers in public schools with specialization in religious education. It is also possible to study theology in our department as part of a BA degree program for other careers in church and society, including a Minor for students in other faculties. The department also accepts application for students working toward a PhD.