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Religious Studies Programs

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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.
Hons.B.A. Combined Honours in Religious Studies and Another Subject Students graduate with a double major in Religious Studies and another subject.
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.
Minor Minor in Religious Studies Students learn about theories of religion, the intersection of religion and culture, and religious phenomena around the world.
Minor Minor in Japanese Studies Students develop a working knowledge of the Japanese language and study the culture, people, and society of Japan.
Minor Minor in Jewish Studies Students explore Jewish Studies, a multidisciplinary field devoted to the study of Judaism and Jewish history, thought, culture, and communities.
Minor Minor in Religion and Diversity Students develop an understanding of religious diversity in contemporary Canada and beyond.
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.
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.
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.