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Religious Studies Programs

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B.A. Bachelor of Arts in Society, Culture & Religion The 3-year BA program provides students with a foundation in the field of Religious Studies and its main sub-fields to help prepare you to work in Canada’s multicultural society. As of September 2019 Religious Studies B.A. programs will be renamed to Society, Culture & Religion.
Hons.B.A. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Society, Culture & Religion The B.A. Honours program offers students a deeper understanding of the discipline of Religious Studies and the sub-fields 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. As of September 2019 Religious Studies B.A. programs will be renamed to Society, Culture & Religion.
Hons.B.A. Combined Honours in Society, Culture & Religion and Another Subject Students graduate with a double major in Religious Studies and another subject. As of September 2019 Religious Studies B.A. programs will be renamed to Society, Culture & Religion.
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.
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.
Minor Interdisciplinary Minor in Jewish Studies Students explore Jewish Studies, a multidisciplinary field devoted to the study of Judaism and Jewish history, thought, culture, and communities.
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.
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 Religion and Diversity Students develop an understanding of religious diversity in contemporary Canada and beyond.
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 Health, Well-Being and Religion We are excited to begin offering a new minor in Religion, Health & Well-Being starting in Fall 2019. The minor in Religion, Health & Well-Being is designed to help students develop an understanding of the connections between the areas of religion, heath, and well-being.