Religious Studies and Religion and Culture program

The program provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to academically engage and explore the world's religions and cultures. The course offerings include focused examinations of particular texts, history, religious thoughts, and contemporary practices. Attention is also given to topics of universal humanitarian significances, such as leadership, ecology, non-violence, and death, etc. 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 provides frameworks in which to develop a specialization in any specific religion and/ or cultural tradition. Basic training in diverse religious source languages is offered as the foundation for graduate level work in the area of specialization.

Offerings in the Department focusing on Asian religions and Islamic civilization are complemented by courses on Judaism and Christianity taught by St. Thomas More College, a federated institution.

Undergraduate Programs

The specific objective of the Religion and Culture B.A. program is to examine human experiences, and the processes involved in the emergence, growth, sustenance or modification of religious ideas, institutions, and cultural traditions as well as the impact of these traditions on individuals and societies.

  • Asian Religions in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Western Religions in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives in the Study of Religions and Cultures

Program in Religion and Culture offers several degree routes that include:

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Three-year
  • B.A. Honours
  • Double Honours
  • Minor