Graduate Programs of Religious Studies

Welcome to the graduate programs in Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Our programs focus on religions in Canada, including Amerindian and Inuit traditions, and on religions in a comparative cultural context, particularly religions in the Roman Empire and in the contemporary period. The comparative cultural approach provides an opportunity to explore religious phenomena across different religious traditions within their specific cultural contexts. The program favours the methods of anthropology, history, psychology and sociology.

Five graduate programs in that field are offered:

Our programs enable students to develop expertise in their chosen fields of specialization through a combination of courses, directed studies, and research. For an overview of the steps in each program, you should consult the program descriptions (above) as well as the following documents:

For a list of graduate courses offered in the current academic year, consult the course timetable. You should begin planning directed studies or supervised research with the member of faculty who will supervise the studies or research at least one month before the session. Before registering for directed studies or supervised research, you must complete the Department’s “Directed Studies/Supervised Research” form.

Because the study of religions reaches well beyond programs and courses, the Department seeks many other avenues to facilitate the exchange of ideas.

This year we once again look forward to an exciting series of lectures on the theme Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory. The series is organized by Professor Lori Beaman, holder of a Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada, in collaboration with Elke Winter (sociology), André Laliberté (political studies), and Pascale Fournier (law).

Professor Beaman also offers several professional development workshops each year for graduate students. In addition, the Religious Studies Graduate Students’ Association hosts a variety of social and scholarly events throughout the year.

For information about applying for admission and about financial assistance, see the website of the Office of the Vice-Dean Research.

If you have questions about the programs, do not hesitate to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Jitse Dijkstra.

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