Skip to main content
McMaster University Menu Search

Department of Anthropology

Discover Your Focus

Research

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.

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.

About Us

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.

Social Sciences Career Crawl: February 25 – March 22

A series of career events featuring alumni, profs, workshops, panels & more! Open to all Social Sciences students.

Feb 19, 2019

16 great social sciences books from 2018

2018 was a good year for books! Faculty members from across the Social Sciences wrote, edited and contributed chapters to a wide range of topics including a tale of fighting Hitler, an examination of the wage crisis in Australia, insights into international relations, women's political rights and thoughtful look at Russia through the lens of and Anthropologist . This reading week engage your mind with our list of some best social sciences books of 2018!

Feb 19, 2019

Rakugo! Japanese sit-down comic storytelling

Rakugo has entertained generations of Japanese since the 17th century. From ghosts to geisha, samurai to salaryman, a solo performer brings scores of characters vividly to life in tales punctuated by various tones of voice, gestures, and facial expressions with a folding fan and hand towel as his only props. Monday, February 4, 7 p.m. join the Department of Religious Studies for a special performance by Yanagiya Tozaburo III.

Jan 30, 2019

Social Sciences awarded close to half a million dollars in SSHRC funding

Ten researchers from McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences have been awarded a total of $478,661 in funding through the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The funding is being awarded through Insight Development Grants.

Jan 30, 2019

Has Bethsaida-Julias Finally Been Found?

The department of Religious Studies invites you to a presentation by Dr. R. Steven Notley (Nyack College, New York)

Jan 30, 2019

Experience learning a whole new way

The Faculty of Social Sciences' Office of Experiential Education does a lot more than help students get work experience, find jobs and discover funding opportunities: It broadens their horizons and helps them learn to navigate the world as well-rounded professionals.

Jan 10, 2019

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.

Learn more

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

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

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

Minor Interdisciplinary Minor in Jewish Studies

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

Learn more

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.

Learn more

Minor Minor in Japanese Studies

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

Learn more

Minor Minor in Religion and Diversity

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

Learn more

Minor Minor in Religious Studies

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

Learn more