Alma Mater
ISSN 1026-955X
Vestnik Vysshey Shkoly (Higher School Herald)
The best way to learn all about Higher Education


Religiosity of students of Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University: the experience of sociological research

A.K. Udiatullov
80,00 ₽

UDC 2:316.4


A.K. Udiatullov is PhD (History), Prof. of Department of Geography and Ecology at Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University n.a. I.N. Ulyanov e-mail:


Presented is analysis of religiosity of students of the Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University, by which the author understands a complex category that includes religious and confessional self-identification, a set of institutional religious ideas, the degree of involvement in real religious practice and syncretic formations that arose in the course of interfaith and intercultural interaction. The empirical base of the study was made up of materials from a mass Internet survey, in which 1316 people took part — students studying in various specialties. The choice of students of the Ulyanovsk pedagogical university as an object of research is due to the specificity of the world outlook of student youth, the strengthening of the role of religion in the system of domestic higher education in the last decade, as well as the specificity of the Ulyanovsk region in ethno-confessional terms. In terms of confessional affiliation, 68.2% identified themselves as Christianity, 15.7% as Islam. In addition, 47.6% of the respondents consider themselves to be believers. At the same time, a relatively small part of the respondents demonstrates a high degree of involvement in religious life. In particular, only 2% of the Christians surveyed attend church every week. In addition, the study revealed that among some of the respondents non-institutional religious beliefs associated with magic, as well as beliefs associated with the influence of other religions, appear in their religious consciousness. For example, some Muslims consider Jesus to be God, which can be explained by the influence of Christian culture.

Key words: religiosity, students, survey, confessional identification, Christians, Muslims.



1. Vykhovanets, A.E. Theology in the system of secular education in modern Russia. Historical, philosophical, political and legal sciences, cultural studies and art history. Questions of theory and practice. 2017. No. 12 (86): in 5 parts. Part 2. P. 57–60.

2. Gorshkov, M.K., Petukhov, V.V., Andreev, A.L., Anikin, V.A., Byzov, L.G., et al. Twenty-five years of social transformations in the assessments and judgments of Russians: the experience of sociological analysis. Moscow: Ves’ Mir Publishing House, 2018. 384 p.

3. Grashevskaya, O.V. Study of the attitude of student youth to religion. Problems of the development of the territory. 2014. Iss. 5 (73). P. 57–68.

4. Divisenko, K.S., Belov, A.E. Social studies of subjective well-being in the context of spirituality and religiosity. Sociological journal. 2017. Vol. 23. No. 2. P. 51–73. DOI: 10.19181 / socjour.2017.23.2.5159

5. Ivleva, M.L., Kurilov, S.N., Rossman, V.I. Religious values through the eyes of youth: the experience of sociological research. Bulletin of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia. Series: Sociology. 2018. Vol. 18. No. 3. P. 481–493.

6. Idiatullov, A.K. On the question of the role of Islam in the ethnic identification of the Tatars of the Ulyanovsk region. European Social Science Journal. 2014. No. 9-2 (48). P. 224–228.

7. Kuzmin, V.P., Stepashov, N.S. The level and nature of the religiosity of student youth in the city of Kursk (sociological analysis). Innova. 2016. No. 1 (2). P. 39–43.

8. Kutyavina, E.E., Ivashechkina, D.E. The place of religion in the value system of students. Bulletin of the Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod University. Series: Social Sciences. 2019. No. 1 (53). P. 87–93.

9. Mironova, N.P. Religion in the system of self-identification of student youth in the Komi Republic (based on sociological research in 2007). Bulletin of the Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University. 2009. No. 92. P. 75–79.

10. Mchedlova, M.M. Interreligious relations and social consolidation in Russia. Bulletin of the Russian nation. 2018. No. 4 (62). P. 11–27.

11. Ryzhova, S.V. Religiousness in the context of a culture of trust. Sociological journal. 2017. Vol. 23. No. 3.P. 44–63. DOI: 10.19181/socjour.2017.23.3.5363

12. Ryzhova, S.V. Religiousness and interreligious relations in the assessments of Russians. Reforming Russia: yearbook. Vol. 18. M.K. Gorshkov (Ed.). Moscow. New Chronograph, 2020. P. 245–263. DOI: 10.19181/ezheg.2020.11

13. Sinelina, Yu.Yu. About the dynamics of the religiosity of Russians and some methodological problems of its study (religious consciousness and behavior of Orthodox Christians and Muslims). Sociological research. 2013. No. 10 (354). P. 104–115.

14. Tillich, P. Favorites. Theology of culture. Transl. from Eng. S.Ya. Levit and S.V. Lezov (Comps.). Moscow; Saint Petersburg, Center for Humanitarian Initiatives, 2015. 352 p.

15. Tikhomirov, D.A. Features of the religiosity of Moscow students. Monitoring of public opinion: Economic and social changes. 2017. No. 3. P. 177–191. DOI: 10.14515/monitoring.2017.3.12

16. Shcherbakova, E.V. Attitude towards religion among student youth. Discussion. 2015. No. 5 (57). P. 127–132

17. Shershneva, T.V. Psychological analysis of religious orientations of modern youth. Religious identity and intercultural communications. Materials of the All-Russian Scientific Seminar. A.P. Romanova, D.A. Chernichkina (Eds.). Astrakhan, Publishing house of “Astrakhan State University”, 2020. P. 179–186.

18. Kress, V.E., Newgent, R.A., Whitlock, J., Mease, L. Spirituality / religiosity, life satisfaction, and life meaning as protective factors for nonsuicidal self-injury in college students. Journal of College Counseling. 2015. Vol. 18. P. 16–174. DOI: 10.1002/jocc.12012

19. Wilchek,-Aviad Y., Malka, M. Religiosity, meaning in life and suicidal tendency among jews. Journal of Religion and Health. 2016. Vol. 55. Iss. 2. P. 480–494. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-014-9996-y