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  1. Dear Maria, MSU does not have a faculty of Religious studies, but there is a department of philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy, where you can apply to get a diploma in religious studies.

    The curriculum, as in other similar departments (for example, in the RSUH CIR), consists in studying various religions of the world in their historical development and their current state. Typical core subjects include the history of religion, philosophy of religion, psychology of religion, phenomenology of religion, new religious movements, history of esoteric teachings, etc. In addition, students study ancient Greek and Latin, there are quite a lot of pairs in world history, basic psychology (when I was a student, we had three semester courses-general psychology, social psychology, zoopsychology and ethology, plus the psychology of religion separately), and also, since this is a philosophy department, a large set of philosophical disciplines (ontology, epistemology, philosophy of science, a large course in the history of philosophy, etc.). I was a student in 2006-2011, something has probably changed since then, but the overall picture, I think, has remained the same.

    In general, religious scholars are taught to navigate different religions of the world, understand the ways of their historical formation, notice the similarities and differences between different religions, understand the significance of religion in history and modern society, make expert judgments on topics related to religion, and build a dialogue with representatives of different religions.

    They work in different places after finishing the department. Three of our graduates that I know of stayed in science, one started his own business and started selling antiques, and another works in television. From other courses, a graduate of our department is, for example, the creator of “Post-science” Ivar Maksutov, there are several journalists who write on religious topics, some have gone to work in schools, and a couple of people work in cultural institutions (the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, VDNH/All-Russian Exhibition Center, etc.). This is about the range of quarries.

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