Religious Studies - Undergraduate
Why Study Religions
Religious Studies enables students to understand cultural diversity, analyze religious behaviour, and interpret current events associated with religious identity. It equips students with wide cultural knowledge, skill in critical interpretation, and multidisciplinary training.
Programs of Study
Honours BA in Religious Studies
The Honours BA in Religious Studies will give you a thorough training in methods used to study religion and will allow you to specialize in one of three concentrations within the program: Spiritualities and Cultures; Religion, Politics, and Public Policy; or Religion in Antiquity. (For courses included in these concentrations, see the program requirements under Program Structure in the link below.) You will learn how human religiosity intersects with other areas of human activity and will be able to think critically and comparatively about those interactions—a skill that is valuable in many areas of work. The program will qualify you to apply to graduate programs in the study of religion.
Program Structure | Course Sequence
Major in Religious Studies
The Major in Religious Studies is designed for students who want to develop a thorough understanding of religious experience and behaviour, while at the same time pursuing another Major or Minor in order to complete their degree. The Major will give you a foundation in methods used to study religion and will allow you to pursue topics that interest you when selecting the remainder of your courses. The Major will equip you with cultural knowledge and critical skills that can be applied in many fields, such as communications, public administration, law, business, education, and health.
Minor in Religious Studies
The Minor in Religious Studies is an ideal way to pursue an interest in religion while focusing on a Major or Honours in another program. You will receive an introduction to the main religious traditions in the world and will be able to choose from an array of courses to complete the minor. You can investigate a particular religious tradition in more depth, study how religion intersects with aspects of contemporary life, or explore ways to understand religious experience and behaviour.
Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement
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