Teaching areas: Chinese language and culture, English as a Second Language, Hindi language, Japanese language and culture, Linguistics, Religion and Culture, Sanskrit language.
The program provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to explore the world's cultures and beliefs. The course offerings demonstrate a breadth of perspectives, which range from focused explorations of particular cultural and religious traditions to topics of universal humanitarian values, such as leadership, non-violence and death. The aim of the program is to offer its students a breadth of perspectives that comes from studies of world cultures and religions while providing relevant methodological orientation for the academic study of religions and cultures. The department is also dedicated to developing a specialization in one religious or cultural tradition and impart basic language training that constitutes the foundation for graduate level work in the area of specialization for Honours students.
Offerings in the Department focusing on Asian religions and cultures are complemented by courses on Judaism and Christianity taught by St. Thomas More College.