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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.

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.

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.

New Faculty publication on parting of the ways between Judaism and Christianity

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Thiessen on the publication of his edited volume (with Dr. Lori Baron of Saint Louis University and Dr. Jill Hicks-Keeton of the University of Oklahoma) entitled The Ways that Often Parted, a volume of essays in honor of his doctoral supervisor, Dr. Joel Marcus.

Dec 03, 2018

Thinking Judaism and Jewishness with Queer Theory

The department of Religious Studies invites you to a presentation by Larisa Reznik (Goucher College, Baltimore)

Nov 27, 2018

New Faculty publication on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Machiela from the Department of Religious Studies on the publication of Genesis Apocryphon and Related Documents in James Charlesworth's The Dead Sea Scrolls: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Texts with English Translation (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018).

Nov 26, 2018

The Annual AAR/SBL Meeting in Denver

McMaster's Department of Religious studies has a number of faculty and students delivering papers at the meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Nov 12, 2018

New Faculty Publication

Congratulations to the Department of Religious Studies Dr. Eileen Schuller on the publication of her co-edited volume, The Paulist Biblical Commentary!

Nov 08, 2018

Graduation – Student Checklist

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable convocation ceremony for you and your guests, please make certain you complete the following tasks by the appropriate deadlines. If you intend to graduate but will not be attending your ceremony, there are still tasks that must be completed to finalize your graduation.

Oct 29, 2018

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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 Religion and Diversity

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

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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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