A message from the Dean
Welcome to the Faculty of Theology of the University of Basel!
As one of the University of Basel's founding faculties, we have been an integral part of the University for 560 years. We stand on the shoulders of generations of researchers, teachers, and students before us who have accepted the challenge of theological inquiry under ever-changing historical circumstances. A small faculty like ours is defined by the people who make it up. These include first and foremost our ambitious students with a variety of different interests, an outstanding administrative team, the staff of the University Religion Library, and finally the research and teaching assistants, lecturers, and professors who are active in the various departments of the Faculty of Theology.
These departments include not only the classical subjects of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Practical Theology, Dogmatics, and Ethics, but also Intercultural Theology/World Christianity, Religion, Economics, and Politics, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies. Together, these fields cover the academic study of religion broadly conceived, including the study of language, literature, past, and present. The longstanding tradition of Semitic Philology in Basel continues as part of the department of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. The Karl Barth Center for Reformed Theology engages with the legacy of the great twentieth-century Basler theologian and connects it with the present.
Standing in the Reformed tradition, the Faculty of Theology of the University of Basel offers courses of study that are relevant to many facets of life in the Church and in society more broadly. In addition to the classic Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Theology, we offer a Master's program in Religion, Economics, and Politics together with the University of Lucerne and the Univerity of Zurich and a Master's program in Interreligious Studies in cooperation with the University of Strasbourg and the University of Heidelberg. In this way, the Faculty of Theology prepares students for the challenges of interreligious dialogue and of the interface between religion and politics.
A historical consciousness paired with a focus on the present, theology rooted in the Reformed tradition, and a contextualization within broader areas of inquiry in the study of religion – these are the defining features of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Basel.
I wish you a pleasant visit on our website – and perhaps also in person at Nadelberg 10 in Basel.
Prof. Moisés Mayordomo, Dean of the Faculty of Theology