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Department of Anthropology

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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.

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.

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.

Talking with Miriam Toews about her novel, Women Talking

Miriam Toews is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/ Timothy Findley Award. Her most recent novel, Women Talking, has been released to wide acclaim.
Jan 29, 2020

Freeman Family Bursary for Study at Hebrew University

Graduate and undergraduate students from any program at McMaster can apply for the Freeman Family Bursary for Study at Hebrew University for a summer, semester, or academic year. Awards up to $12,000.
Dec 16, 2019

2019 Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies

The Department of Religious Studies and the Socrates Project recently hosted a remarkable 2019 Goldblatt Lecture with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko (New Jersey-Moscow) and historian Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto).
Dec 13, 2019

Globe and Mail publishes Dr Badone’s letter on mental health

Globe and Mail letter from Ellen Badone argues for respectful language around mental illness.
Dec 13, 2019

Congratulations to John VanMaaren (PhD 2019)

Congratulations to John VanMaaren (PhD 2019) on beginning his new position as the Assistant Director of Academic Support, Grants, and Fellowships at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Nov 29, 2019

Graduate Opportunities in Jewish Studies

Looking to continue your studies with a focus on Jews and Judaism in antiquity, modernity or in contemporary cultures? Here is a new overview of our Department’s offerings in these areas at the MA or PhD level.
Nov 29, 2019