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

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.

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.

2018 Early Career Researcher Award

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Thiessen winner of the 2018 McMaster Faculty of Social Sciences Early Career Researcher Award.

Jun 01, 2018

MA Student wins Bombardier doctoral scholarship

Congratulations to current MA student Robert Revington, who was recently admitted into PhD program at the Toronto School of Theology.

May 28, 2018

Religious Studies PhD to recieve Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship

Congratulations to PhD student Jeremy Cohen on receiving a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship worth $105,000 over 36 months.

May 21, 2018

Professor Louis Greenspan passes away

It is with great sadness that the Department of Religious Studies announces the recent passing of Professor Louis Greenspan. He died at his home with his family by his side on the afternoon of Thursday, May 10, 2018. He was 83 years old.

May 15, 2018

Workshop on Digital Humanities for the Study of East Asian Religions

Two-day hands-on workshop on Digital Humanities tools for graduate students in East Asian religions

May 10, 2018

New Directions in the Study of Chan Buddhism

Friday, May 11, 2:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at McMaster University.

May 10, 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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