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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.

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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.

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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.


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.

The Department of Religious Studies appoints Celia Rothenberg as Department Chair

Professor Celia Rothenberg's appointment will begin on July 1, 2021. As department chair, Rothenberg will oversee the graduate and undergraduate programs in Religious Studies and represent the department in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Mar 30, 2021

Magic, Healing, and Religion Workshop - May 26, 2021

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce details of the following event: Magic, Healing, and Religion Workshop on May 26, 2021.
Mar 26, 2021

George Floyd and the “American Spring" - Secular Martyrs, Democratic Uprisings, and the Radical Religion of Trumpist Fascism by Ellen Amster

A new paper by Ellen Amster, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Department of Family Medicine has been published in The Journal of Interreligious Studies.
Mar 24, 2021

Job Advertisement: Tenure-Track/Tenured, Assistant/Associate Professors

McMaster University is pleased to announce a cohort hiring initiative of up to twelve appointments of emerging and established academics and scholars who will contribute to the advancement of Black academic excellence across all six McMaster Faculties. McMaster seeks candidates whose scholarship and scholarly work forefronts or contributes to any of the following disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas of teaching and research.
Dec 04, 2020

Graduate Admissions Information Session

Join the Department of Religious Studies as we go over what to expect in graduate school, and answer questions.
Nov 05, 2020

New CLA Faculty Member

Welcome our new CLA faculty member, Dr. Meirav Jones
Sep 04, 2020