What is Religious Studies?
Throughout the ages, religious beliefs and practices have occupied an important place in human experience. They have shaped the lives of individuals and entire civilizations. The world’s religions have been (and continue to be) used to express our deepest hopes, as well as to provide a way of coping with the troubles and fears that are fundamental to embodied human existence. As such, religion is an important part of human culture, influencing individual worldviews and geopolitical interactions, which makes it a profoundly relevant topic that deserves serious academic study.
Our department is made up of a group of scholars from various backgrounds whose common concern is the objective, phenomenological study of religion. One may specialize in Asian religions, which includes the religions of India, and Chinese religious traditions, another in Judeo-Christian history, texts, and traditions, including Biblical Studies, and yet another in Islamic culture and traditions. As a non-denominational and non-sectarian program, we offer an opportunity to study major world religions and cultures, and the societies from which they emerged and which they continue to shape.
A Stepping Stone...
Students graduating from Religious Studies will have a solid foundation in critical thinking and conceptual flexibility, as well as a thorough understanding of diverse peoples, religions, and cultures. A degree in Religious Studies is an excellent base for students who are interested in administration, education, journalism and public relations careers. Students who wish to continue with further education may choose an advanced degree in Religious Studies consisting of graduate works leading to an M.A. or Ph.D. degree.
There are diverse and rewarding career options for graduates of the Religious Studies program, including such fields as civil service, historical and cultural research, radio and television, education, as well as museum and library work. A degree in Religious Studies provides a strong basis for students seeking employment in interpersonal communications, human resources and personnel administration.
The U of S Advantage
The University of Saskatchewan offers one of the best undergraduate Religious Studies programs in Canada! Students will benefit from the diversity within the Department, with a group of scholars trained in the relevant languages, texts, histories, and philosophies, as well as social and humanities disciplinary perspectives. The Religious Studies program provides a look at religion as an important on-going part of life and culture.
Alternate methods of learning are advocated through interactive community engagement and participations, including presentations given by guest speakers to encourage students to explore the religious diversity within our local community, as well as field trips to various local religious centers. Students have access to excellent library resources, course variety and great faculty-student interaction at all levels of the program. The faculty in the Department are committed to inculcating among their students the highest standard of academic accomplishment; they take pride in their students’ success.
Significant Academic and Scholarly Activities
The U of S is home to a prominent academic journal, The Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, co-edited by Professor Braj Mohan Sinha. The faculty in the program are well-reputed academics with national and international profiles. The faculty are also recipients of research awards in Humanities and the Social Sciences, including several SSHRC grants.