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Culture & Contemporary Society

Explore the diverse ways in which religion impacts our contemporary world, both locally and globally.

Religion & The Human Condition

Discover how religious thinkers have grappled with the important philosophical, ethical, and political questions posed by various religions.

Religions in Historical Perspective

Understand the ways in which diverse religious practices and ideas have developed from antiquity to the present.

Texts & Tradition

Learn how authoritative religious texts have been composed, understood, interpreted, and reinterpreted by their diverse communities.

In Memoriam

On Thursday, November 10, 2016 members of the McMaster community gathered to honour the life and academic contributions, and to share memories of our much loved former Religious Studies faculty member, Gérard Vallée (August 12, 1933 – October 15, 2016)

Nov 10, 2016

Colloquia and Visiting Speakers: 'Buddhism in Court: A Case Study of Puguang Nunnery in Dunhuang'

Dr. Cuilan Liu, Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in The University of Toronto. Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 2:30pm. Location: UH 122

Nov 04, 2016

Curating between hope and despair | Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The Department of Religious Studies hosts Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum and University Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University, as she presents her talk., Curating between hope and despair | Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews on Thursday, January 12, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Great Hall, University Club

Nov 02, 2016

Colloquia and Visiting Speakers: "Fundamentalist vs. Fundamentalist: An Islamist Critique of ISIS"

Public Lecture Dr. Sherman Jackson Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor. Monday October 17, 2016, 7:30 pm, in HSC 1A6

Oct 17, 2016

News from the Religious Studies Chair May 2016

2016 President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning, Publications, Conference Papers and Invited Talks, Graduate Student Publications and Presentations, Alumni News

May 31, 2016

Hons.B.A. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

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Hons.B.A. Combined Honours in Religious Studies and Another Subject

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B.A. Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

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Minor Minor in Religious Studies

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Minor Minor in Japanese Studies

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Minor Minor in Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies is an international, multidisciplinary field devoted to the study of Judaism, Jewish history, thought, culture and community.

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Minor Minor in Religion and Diversity

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M.A. Master of Arts in Religious Studies

One of the first graduate programs in Religious Studies in Canada (established in 1964), McMaster University has been a leading center for the scholarly study of religion for more than four decades. The Department has three graduate fields of study (Asian, Biblical and Western) and research is conducted in a range of topics and traditions, time periods and cultures, employing a wide variety of approaches: textual, ethnographic, historical, philosophical, theological, philological. While the faculty and areas of research expertise have changed somewhat over the years, the Department’s commitment to the open, critical, and multidisciplinary study of religion—past and present, East and West, theoretical and practical—remains passionate and strong.

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies

One of the first graduate programs in Religious Studies in Canada (established in 1964), McMaster University has been a leading center for the scholarly study of religion for more than four decades. The Department has three graduate fields of study (Asian, Biblical and Western) and research is conducted in a range of topics and traditions, time periods and cultures, employing a wide variety of approaches: textual, ethnographic, historical, philosophical, theological, philological.

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