The Faculty of Theology and Sciences of Religions of the University of Lausanne offers two study paths: Theology and Religious Studies. The first is organised jointly by the Universities Geneva and Lausanne, while the second adopts an interdisciplinary approach between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lausanne.
The main aim of studies is to develop precise and critical knowledge:
Theology: relating to the basic texts of Christianity and the Christian tradition, as well as to different historical, philosophical, theological and ethical currents and contemporary expressions of Christianity; Theology also includes a critical reflection on the practice of the various religious denominations, or Churches.
Sciences of Religions: the phenomenon of religion in general, major religious traditions in particular (Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc), as well as more marginal religious currents or other reconstructions. The methods employed are mainly those of social sciences as comparative history, anthropology and sociology.
> the most important competence pole for religious studies in western Switzerland
> competent researchers who have achieved recognition in a range of subject areas related to religion in the historical and cultural contexts where they arose
> rich bibliographic and documentary resources, including those produced by the computerised Biblical Bibliography of Lausanne (BIBIL: bibil.unil.ch)
> collaboration networks with non-university institutions
> excellent administrative and educational support
> the presence of three research institutes: the Swiss Institute of Biblical Studies (IRSB), the Institute of Social Sciences of Contemporary Religions (ISSRC) and the Institute of Religion, Culture and Modernity (IRCM)