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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.

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.

Speakers Series

This series provides an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to debate and and sparks critical dialogue surrounding important research and ideas.

Dr. James Benn wins 5-years SSHRC Insight Grant

Dr. James Benn, in the Department of Religious Studies, has been awarded a 5-year SSHRC insight grant

Feb 14, 2018

Hail Mary: When sport becomes a religious experience

Like religion, major sports break down natural social barriers and help people forge intense bonds. That's why strangers watching the Super Bowl at the bar hug when their team scores. It's why a whole nation turns into sports fans and cheers for its team in the Olympics.

Feb 02, 2018

The Use of Greek Isaiah in Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to host Dr. Madison Pierce (Tyndale University College). Dr. Pierce will speak on the use of Greek Isaiah in Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles. Feb. 14, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Feb 01, 2018

Perceiving the Other in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

NEW BOOK: Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Thiessen of the Religious Studies Department on the publication of his co-edited book: Perceiving the Other in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

Jan 23, 2018

Religious Studies PhD student receives prestigious Dirk Smilde Scholarship

Congratulations to Rob Jones this year's recipient of the prestigious, Dirk Smilde Scholarship! Jones will spend three months studying at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Jan 17, 2018

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

The BA Honours program offers students a deeper understanding of the discipline of Religious Studies and the subfields of Asian religious traditions, Biblical Studies, and the Western religious traditions, including Islam, Christianity and Judaism. In Canada's multicultural society and an increasingly globalized world, a strong grounding in critical thought and analysis is essential to navigating and understanding a variety of religious issues across cultures.

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

Students graduate with a double major in Religious Studies and another subject.

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B.A. Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

The 3-year BA program provides students with a foundation in the field of Religious Studies and its main subfields to help prepare you to work in Canada’s multicultural society.

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Minor Minor in Religious Studies

Students learn about theories of religion, the intersection of religion and culture, and religious phenomena around the world.

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Minor Minor in Japanese Studies

Students develop a working knowledge of the Japanese language and study the culture, people, and society of Japan.

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Minor Minor in Jewish Studies

Students explore Jewish Studies, a multidisciplinary field devoted to the study of Judaism and Jewish history, thought, culture, and communities.

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Minor Minor in Religion and Diversity

Students develop an understanding of religious diversity in contemporary Canada and beyond.

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Minor Interdisciplinary Minor in Muslim Studies

New in Fall 2017! The minor in Muslim Studies provides the opportunity to study Muslim beliefs, practices, thought, and history in a variety of geographic locales and timeframes.

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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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