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Combined Honours in Religious Studies and Another Subject

Students graduate with a double major in Religious Studies and another subject.

Hons.B.A.Combined Honours in Religious Studies and Another Subject

Students graduate with a double major in Religious Studies and another subject.

Asian Religious Traditions

The Department of Religious Studies offers courses in the Area of Asian Religions, with special focus on the following three topics:

  • Buddhism
  • Indian religions
  • East Asian religions

The full-time faculty who teach courses in this Area are Drs. James Benn, Shayne Clarke, and Mark Rowe.

Religious Studies Honours and Combined Honours students are eligible to enroll in the Level IV seminar in this Area (RS 4H03), which is offered every 1-2 years. The topic varies from year to year. The seminar is taught by full-time faculty on a topic related to their research interests and allows students a chance for discussion-based learning in a small seminar setting.

Religious Studies Honours and Combined Honours students who are interested in writing a Thesis (RS 4R06) should contact one of the above listed faculty members in advance of enrollment in Level IV.

Students interested in this Area are encouraged to begin language training in Sanskrit and/or Japanese. Sanskrit classes are administered through the Department of Religious Studies (see calendar listing). For Japanese, please see the course offerings in the Department of Languages and Linguistics.

Biblical Studies

The Department of Religious Studies offers courses in the Area of Biblical Studies covering the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity.

Courses in this Area fall into three basic categories:

  • Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Thematic Courses

Students wishing to specialize in the Biblical Area are encouraged to begin language training in Greek and/or Hebrew. Hebrew classes are administered through the Department of Religious Studies (see calendar listing). For Greek courses, please see the course offerings in the Department of Classics.

The full-time faculty who teach courses in this Area are Drs. Philippa Carter, Dan Machiela, Matthew Thiessen, Stephen Westerholm, and Peter Widdicombe

Religious Studies Honours and Combined Honours students are eligible to enroll in the Level IV seminar in this Area (RS 4I03), which is offered every 1-2 years. The topic varies from year to year. The seminar is taught by full-time faculty on a topic related to their research interests and allows students a chance for discussion-based learning in a small seminar setting.

Religious Studies Honours and Combined Honours students who are interested in writing a Thesis (RS 4R06) should contact one of the above listed faculty members in advance of enrollment in Level IV.

Western Religious Thought

Courses in this Area cover Christian thought from all historical periods, Jewish history and philosophy, and Islam as well as the encounter between religious thought and modernity.

  • Christian Thought
  • Jewish History and Philosophy
  • Islam
  • Thematic courses

The full-time faculty who teach courses in this area are Drs. Ellen BadoneDana HollanderTravis KroekerZdravko PlanincCelia RothenbergLiyakat Takim and Peter Widdicombe.

Religious Studies Honours and Combined Honours students are eligible to enroll in the Level IV seminar in this Area (RS 4N03), which is offered every 1-2 years. The topic varies from year to year. The seminar is taught by full-time faculty on a topic related to their research interests and allows students a chance for discussion-based learning in a small seminar setting.

Religious Studies Honours and Combined Honours students who are interested in writing a Thesis (RS 4R06) should contact one of the above listed faculty members in advance of enrollment in Level IV.

Religion & Culture

An exciting and diverse array of courses in the Religion and Culture area are available to students. Courses are typically focused on contemporary experiences from a variety of religious viewpoints. A number of courses focus on the intersection of religion and the body, such as religious experiences and teachings about death and dying, health and healing, and gender. Courses on pilgrimage and non-violence teachings are also offered. Geographically focused courses examine Japan's civilization and popular culture; religious traditions in Hamilton; and cults in North America. Other course offerings focus solely on Islam in North America and in the modern world. 

The full-time faculty who teach courses in this area are Drs. Mark Rowe, Celia Rothenberg, Philippa Carter, Ellen Badone, Liyakat Takim.

Religion, Philosophy & Politics:

Courses in this area explore fundamental questions about ethics, politics, and religion by reading classic and contemporary works of philosophy, theology, literature, critical theory, and popular culture from across the Western tradition. We study religious thought and other textual traditions from the times of ancient Greece, medieval Christianity, and the modern West.  Our courses complement study in Philosophy, Political Science, and English and Cultural Studies.

The full-time faculty who teach courses in this area are Drs. Dana Hollander, Zdravko Planinc, Travis Kroeker.

Notes:

  1. Subject to meeting admission requirements, students may combine two subjects and be graduated with a combined Honours B.A. degree. These combinations are available within the Faculty, with programs in the Faculty of Humanities and with the Arts and Science Program.
  2. All Honours students are encouraged to consult a departmental undergraduate advisor in the selection of their Levels III and IV courses.
  3. Part-time students should note that RELIGST 3F03 is regularly offered in the evening. Other courses required for completion of the degree are offered in the evening whenever possible. Students who anticipate difficulty in fulfilling program requirements should consult a departmental undergraduate advisor as early as possible in their program.
  4. With the written approval of a departmental undergraduate advisor, courses from other departments may be substituted for Religious Studies.
  5. Students must consult both departments to determine the manner in which the Research Methods/Statistics requirement is to be satisfied.
  6. Students who entered the program prior to September 2004 may use RELIG ST 2EA3, 2EB3, 2Q03 or 2V03 toward the Religion and Culture Field of Study.
  7. RELIGST 4R06 A/B is strongly recommended for students considering graduate work in Religious Studies.
  8. Since not all Level IV seminars are offered each year, students in the Honours program are encouraged to take one Level IV seminar during Level III.

 

Requirements:

120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I

30 units

from

  • the Level I program completed prior to admission to the program.
    (See Admission above.)

3 units

from

  • Asian Religious Traditions

6 units

  • three units each from two of Biblical Studies, Western Religious Traditions, Religion and Culture (See Note 6 above), and Religion, Philosophy, and Politics

3 units

21 units

  • Levels II, III Religious Studies of which at least nine units must be Level III. Level III courses which have been taken to satisfy the above fields of study requirements may be subtracted from these nine units of Level III.

3 units

  • Level IV Religious Studies

36 units

  • courses specified for the other subject

6 units

If requirement completed in Level I, these units will be taken as electives.

from

  • Linguistics, a language other than English, Statistics or in combined programs within the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Research Methods/Statistics course specified for the other subject.
    (See Note 5 above.)

12 units

  • Electives

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance is available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

Our administrative assistant is happy to help answer any questions regarding the undergraduate program. Please email your questions to: askrs@mcmaster.ca.

M.A.R.S. - McMaster Association of Religious Studies

Our purpose is to create connections between students and faculty in the Religious Studies Program at McMaster University, to encourage the pursuit of Religious Studies as an interest and a profession, and to provide the opportunity to better understand religions and their role on shaping society. 

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

Asian Religious Traditions

Sex and the City in Buddhism (2BN3)
Buddhist Tradition in India (2BT3)
Storytelling in East Asian Religions (2F03)

Storytelling in Indian Religion (2I03)
Introduction to Buddhism (2K03)
Japanese Civilization (2P03)
Religion and Popular Culture in Contemporary Japan (2TT3)  

Japanese Religions and Film (3E03)
The Indian Religious Tradition (3L03)

The East Asian Religious Tradition (3S03)
Buddhism in East Asia (3UU3)
Topics in Asian Religions (4H03)
Introduction to Sanskrit Grammar (Sanskrit 3A06)
Readings in Sanskrit Texts (Sanskrit 4B06)

Biblical Studies

Apocalypse, Then and Now (2AP3)
Women in the Biblical Tradition (2B03)    

The Five Books of Moses (2DD3)
Prophets of the Bible (2EE3)
Who was Jesus? (2GG3)
From Creation to Exile (2HB3)
The Birth of Christianity (2HH3)
From Jesus to Apocalypse (2NT3)
Ethnicity, Race, and the Bible (2RB3)
The Bible as Literature (2VV3)
The Bible and Film (2YY3)               

Jews and Jesus (3DD3)
Jews, Christians and Pagans (3J03)
Interpreting the Jewish Bible, 200 BCE–200 CE (3JB3)

Interpreting the Christian Bible (3K03)
Psalms and Wisdom in the Bible (3M03)
Death and the Afterlife in Early Judaism and Christianity (3R03)
Constructing Jesus of Nazareth (3T03)
Topics in Biblical Studies (4I03)
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I and II (Hebrew 2A03 & 2B03)
Intermediate Hebrew I and II (Hebrew 3A03 & 3B03)

 

Western Religious Traditions

From Creation to Exile (2HB3)
Introduction to Judaism (2J03)
Introduction to Jewish Philosophy (2JP3; Philosophy 2JP3)
Jewish History: 1648–1948 (2X03; History 2X03)
Interpreting the Jewish Bible, 200 BCE–200 CE (3JB3)
Jews and Jesus (3DD3; History 3DD3)

Christianity and Art (2CA3)
The Sermon on the Mount in Christian Ethics (2CE3)
Religion, the Body, and the Machine (2ER3)
A Church Divided: From the Middle Ages to Modernity (2KK3)
From Jesus to Apocalypse (2NT3)
Christianity: The First Thousand Years (2TH3)
Violence and Religion (2VR3)

Mediterranean Encounters 1500–1800 (2FF3; History 2HH3)
Introduction to Islam (2Q03)
Islam in North America (2TA3; Sociology 2TA3)

Topics in Jewish Studies (3GG3)
Jews, Christians and Pagans (3J03)
Judaism in the Modern World (3ZZ3; History 3ZZ3)
Topics in Western Religious Traditions (4N03)
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I and II (Hebrew 2A03 & 2B03)
Intermediate Hebrew I and II (Hebrew 3A03 & 3B03)

 

Christ Through the Centuries (3B03)
Interpreting the Christian Bible (3K03)
Christianity in the Modern World (3KK3)
Christian Mysticism (3X03)
Topics in Western Religious Traditions (4N03)

Islam in the Modern World (3C03)
Islamic Mysticism (3FA3)
Interdisciplinary Global Health Field Course: Maternal and Infant Health in Morocco (3GH3)
Topics in Western Religious Traditions (4N03)

 

Religion & Culture

Images of the Divine Feminine (2BB3)
Religion, the Body, and the Machine (2ER3)
Theory and Practice of Non-Violence (2H03)
Humour and Religion (2HR3)
Death and Dying: Comparative Views (2M03)
Death and Dying: the Western Experience (2N03)
Japanese Civilization (2P03)
Cults, Conspiracies and Close Encounters (2QQ3)
Religion and Diversity (2RD3)
Religion in the News (2RN3)
Sport and/as Religion (2SP3)
Islam in North America (2TA3)
Religion and Popular Culture in Contemporary Japan (2TT3)

Violence and Religion (2VR3)
Religion and Ecology (2W03)

Health, Healing and Religion (2WW3)
Culture and Religion (3AR3)
Islam in the Modern World (3C03)
Japanese Religions and Film (3E03)
Sacred Journeys (3EE3)
Gender and Religion (3FF3)
Interdisciplinary Global Health Field Course: Maternal and Infant Health in Morocco (3GH3)
Religion in Hamilton and its Environs (3RH3)
Judaism in the Modern World (3ZZ3)
Religion and Culture (4P03)
Topics in the Sociology of Religion (4SR3)

 

Religion, Philosophy & Politics

Bioethics (2C03; Philosophy 2D03)
Evil (2GR3)
Introduction to Jewish Philosophy (2JP3; Philosophy 2PJ3)
Scepticism, Atheism and Religious Faith (2LL3)
Shakespeare: Religious and Political Themes (2ZZ3)

Religion and Politics (3CC3; Political Science 3LA3)
Continental Philosophy of Religion (3CP3; Philosophy 3FF3)

Religion and Human Nature (3LL3)
Love (3Y03)
Topics in Religion, Philosophy, and Politics (4RP3)

 

 

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For more information:
Jennifer Nettleton: Administrative Assistant
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905-525-9140 ext. 23109
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Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level I program Grade Point Average of 5.0 (C) including an average of at least 5.0 (C) in six units of Religious Studies courses, preferably including one Level 1 Religious Studies course.
Program Type:
Thesis, Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
Late Spring/Summer