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In Canada's multicultural society and increasingly interconnected world, the study of religion is one of the most comprehensive ways of understanding humankind and human visions of reality. Learn more about McMaster's Department of Religious Studies has to offer.

Graduate Programs

Religious scholarship is more than studying ancient manuscripts. It’s a source of deep meaning, and controversy in human culture. It’s a dynamic collaboration of contemporary life, history, philosophy, and ethics.

Undergraduate Programs

In Canada's multicultural society and the global economy, professionals need to have knowledge of the different religions and cultures. Understanding the world's cultures and diversity is a key element of social interaction.


McMaster is home to some of the world’s foremost scholars and teachers of religion, working on a variety of religious traditions and using a wide diversity of approaches.

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Michael Johnson

Congratulations to Michael Johnson on his reception of an Azrieli Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Sep 23, 2019

Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor October 29-30, 2019

Professor Anita Hannig (Brandeis University) will deliver the 2019 Harry Lyman Hooker Lectures and the Hannah History of Medicine Unit and Medical Humanities Speaker Series and Grand Rounds.
Sep 23, 2019

Singing and Laughing Against Fascism: Lost and Found Soviet Yiddish Songs of World War II

2019 Lillian and Marvin Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies: The Department of Religious Studies in conjunction with the Socrates Project presents Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko (Moscow-New York) and historian Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto). Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Aug 26, 2019

Ellen Amster joins the Religious Studies Department

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Ellen Amster, Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, is joining the department. Welcome, Dr. Amster!
Aug 02, 2019

Social Sciences students recognized with 100 individual awards and scholarships

On behalf of the Faculty of Social Sciences, we wish to extend our warmest congratulations to all of the recipients in our Faculty of Social Sciences academic awards. You, your family and friends should be proud of your accomplishments.
Apr 04, 2019

Celebrating our new name — Society, Culture & Religion

The Religious Studies undergraduate degree programs have a NEW name and a NEW look! Join the Department of Religious Studies on Wednesday, March 20, 4 - 6 p.m. in the foyer of University Hall as we celebrate the re-naming of our undergraduate programs.
Mar 18, 2019