Undergraduate Program

We are a world religions department. Our approach is interdisciplinary and engages a wide range of human activity commonly deemed “religious,” seeking to understand how religions function, how religious discourse evolves, why certain religious perspectives gain prominence and how they are contested. We research and teach about a range of religions, past and present, from around the world, investigating the languages, ethical systems, practices, organizations, and institutions within which such religions are defined, refined, rejected, or renewed. Given the diversity of this study, such theoretical and methodological questions are viewed as central to the coherence of our courses, programs, and fields.

For entry, continuation and graduation requirements for the General Degree, Advanced Degree and Honours Degree, see Section 3: Basic Faculty Regulations for the B.A. General, Advanced and Honours Degree Programs.

Major Program

For entry to the Major, the prerequisite is a grade of “C” or better in six credit hours in Religion. For students who have taken additional courses toward the Major, then a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required on all courses including the higher grade of repeated courses and excluding failed courses.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses that comprise the Major is required to graduate including the higher grade of repeated courses and excluding failed courses.

Minor (Concentration) Program

For entry to the Minor (Concentration), the prerequisite is a grade of “C” or better in six credit hours in Religion.

Honours Program

For entry to the Honours program, see Section 3: Basic Faculty Regulations for the B.A. General, Advanced and Honours Degree Programs.

Other

In addition to courses numbered at the 1000-level, the Department of Religion offers a number of upper-level courses for which there are prerequisites; see course descriptions.

It is not necessary for students to enter the offerings in Religion by way of courses numbered at the 1000-level. Students in any year or program may register for any course in Religion provided they satisfy course and program prerequisites. With written permission of the department head students may take courses numbered at the 4000-level.

In cooperation with St. Paul’s College, the Department of Religion offers an arrangement of courses with special emphasis in Catholic studies as an option for students intending to Major or Minor in Religion. This special emphasis involves completing course RLGN 2850 Contemporary Issues in Roman Catholicism and selecting relevant courses offered in the Faculty of Arts and the School of Art. Contact the Department of Religion prior to registration in order to select appropriate courses.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
GENERAL MAJOR    Total: 30 credit hours
6 credit hours in Religion courses • 6 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 3000 level or above
• 18 credit hours in Religion courses


  • Within the courses required above, only 12 credit hours are permitted to be numbered at the 1000 level
  • Within the courses required above, students must complete courses from at least two religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism
 
SINGLE ADVANCED MAJOR    Total: 48 credit hours
6 credit hours in Religion courses • 12 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 4000 level (With written consent of the department head, students may be permitted to substitute courses numbered at the 3000 level)
• 30 credit hours in Religion courses


  • Within the courses required above, only 12 credit hours are permitted to be numbered at the 1000 level
  • Within the courses required above, students must complete courses from at least three religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism
MINOR (CONCENTRATION)    Total: 18 credit hours
6 credit hours in Religion courses 12 credit hours in Religion courses


  • Within the courses required above, only 12 credit hours are permitted to be numbered at the 1000 level
12 credit hours in Religion courses


  • Within the courses required above, only 12 credit hours are permitted to be numbered at the 1000 level
 
SINGLE HONOURS
6 credit hours in Religion courses • 18 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 2000 level
• 12 credit hours in ancillary options





  • Within the courses required above, students must complete courses from at least three religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism
• 15 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 3000 level
• 12 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 4000 level
RLGN 4310, RLGN 4320
• 15 credit hours in free options
• 12 credit hours in ancillary options


  • Within the courses required above, students must complete courses from at least three religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism
• 15 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 3000 level
• 12 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 4000 level
RLGN 4310, RLGN 4320
• 15 credit hours in free options
• 12 credit hours in ancillary options


  • Within the courses required above, students must complete courses from at least three religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism
DOUBLE HONOURS
6 credit hours in Religion courses • 12 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 2000 level
• 12 credit hours in other Honours field
• 6 credit hours in ancillary options




  • Within the courses required above, students must complete courses from at least three religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism
• 9 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 3000 level
• 9 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 4000 level
RLGN 4310, RLGN 4320
• 12 credit hours in free options
• 24 credit hours in other Honours field


  • Within the courses required above, students must complete courses from at least three religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism
• 9 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 3000 level
• 9 credit hours in Religion courses numbered at the 4000 level
RLGN 4310, RLGN 4320
• 12 credit hours in free options
• 24 credit hours in other Honours field


  • Within the courses required above, students must complete courses from at least three religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism

Notes:
1 Religious traditions are categorized as follows:

Buddhism includes:
RLGN 2020, RLGN 3150, RLGN 3152, RLGN 3162, RLGN 3260, RLGN 3266, RLGN 4100.

Christianity includes:
RLGN 1350, RLGN 2036, RLGN 2040, RLGN 2052, RLGN 2114, RLGN 2170, RLGN 2520, RLGN 2530, RLGN 2840, RLGN 2850, RLGN 3230, RLGN 3780, RLGN 3870, RLGN 4280, RLGN 4282.

Hinduism includes:
RLGN 2010, RLGN 3210, RLGN 4060, RLGN 4190.

Islam includes:
RLGN 2100, RLGN 2790, RLGN 3190, RLGN 3194, RLGN 4180.

<p>Judaism includes:
RLGN 1120, RLGN 1390, RLGN 1400, RLGN 2140, RLGN 2160, RLGN 2162, RLGN 2770, RLGN 3280, RLGN 3800, RLGN 3810, RLGN 3824.
<p>2 Ancillary options are to be chosen from courses that are acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Arts (excluding Religion courses).
3 Free options are to be chosen from courses that are acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Arts (including Religion courses).

4 Honours courses: all 4000 level courses.

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