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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.

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.

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.

Colloquium: Decolonizing the Study of Religion in Canadian Universities

Join us on Wednesday May 11th, 2022 for our Colloquium event
Apr 20, 2022

Analysis - Jesus the faithful Jew: How misreadings of the Christian Gospels miss this and fuel anti-Judaism

Associate professor, Matthew Thiessen, was featured in The Conversation.
Apr 14, 2022


A hearty congratulations to Professors James Benn and Stephanie Balkwill (UCLA), a Religious Studies Department alumna, on the publication of their edited volume, Buddhist Statecraft in East Asia!
Mar 29, 2022

Wisdom Bytes from our Recent Grads

In this video, recent SCAR grads answer the question "what advice do you have for current students?" Watch and hear their WISDOM as you pursue your undergraduate degree.
Mar 21, 2022

Where are they now?

Check out this video interview of recent alumni of our undergraduate program as they share where they are now.
Mar 15, 2022

Learn about the benefits of the SCAR Program.

Recent grads share the value of transferable skills from the SCaR program to their current careers.
Mar 07, 2022