Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Do I have to be a Christian believer to be able to take the program?
No, this is a program in which Christianity and society are studied from an academic point of view. Therefore, it is open to both believers and non-believers.

Is the program Catholic in content or more generally Christian?
Most but not all teachers in the Master have a Catholic background and the Catholicism-society nexus will therefore be at the foreground of the program. However, the relations between Protestantism and society will also be treated explicitly. In a few courses non-Christian religions will briefly be dealt with as well.

How strong is the theology component of this Master's program?
Theology is part of this Master's program because courses are taught by both theologians and academics from other disciplines. The program focuses on the relation between Christianity and society from a multi-disciplinary point of view. Therefore, theology is included but is not dominant.

Do I need to know a lot about Christianity to be able to follow this program?
No, although a basic knowledge of Christianity is presupposed. A preliminary reading list is available for you to improve your basic knowledge of Christianity and theology.

If the majority of students is Dutch, will the program still be taught in English?
Yes, it is an English-taught program and we value the input of international students.

Does the program focus on a Dutch context or does it have an international scope?
The program is not oriented towards the Netherlands but definitely has an international scope. Although the Western world (Europe and America) will be the primary focus in the first few years after the start of the program (2010), the intention is to broaden this perspective by including the non-Western world. Contributions from the latter are therefore most welcome.


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