Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2014/2015)
11.26 Religious Studies

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  1. Courses in Religious Studies are designed for students who wish to study religion as an academic discipline. They are open to all students on the same basis as are other courses in the Faculty of Arts. They are recommended for

    1. students who wish to gain an understanding of the essential teachings and beliefs of one or more of the major religions;

    2. students who are interested in careers for which a knowledge of religious thought and practice is useful; and

    3. students who are interested in exploring this field as an area of scholarly interest and human concern.

  2. Those who plan to teach religion in the schools should complete a major or minor under the degree of Bachelor of Arts or a concentration in Religious Studies under the degree of Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary).

  3. Religious Studies 1000, 1010, 1020, 1021, 1022, 1032, and 1200 are basic courses which introduce students to the academic study of religion. Religious Studies 1040 and 1041 (Introduction to Chinese) and Religious Studies 1050 and 1051 (Introduction to Biblical Hebrew) are courses which fulfil the language requirement in the Faculty of Arts.

  4. Courses at the 2000 level represent a more focussed level of study. Courses are generally of two types: the first introduces specific religious traditions, and the second introduces religious topics or issues. All courses at the 2000 level are introductory and open to any student interested in the subject.

  5. Courses at the 3000 and 4000 level in Religious Studies deal with the subject matter in greater depth and assume some previous knowledge.

  6. Unless otherwise specified, Religious Studies courses do not have prerequisites. Students who register in a 3000- or 4000-level course are encouraged, however, to make sure that they have adequate preparation for that course, preferably by having completed a first- or second-year course in the field.

  7. Students majoring in Religious Studies should plan their program in consultation with a representative of the Department.

Religious Studies course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Arts section under Course Descriptions, Religious Studies and are designated by RELS.

11.26.1 General Degree
11.26.1.1 Major in Religious Studies
  1. A minimum of 36 credit hours in courses in Religious Studies is required. Students must complete at least one course from each of the three following groups:

    1. 2013, 2050, 2051, 2130, 2140, 2330, 2340, 3000, 3031, 3060, 3091, 3150, 3200, 3210, 3251, 3265, 3272, 3276, 3305, 3310, 3315, 3320, 3510, 3535, 3560, 3591, 3900, 3901.

    2. 2400, 2410, 2415, 2420, 2425, 2430, 3401, 3411, 3412, 3415, 3431, 3432.

    3. 2610, 2810, 2811, 2812, 2820, 2830, 2850, 3640, 3650, 3680, 3800, 3810, 3811, 3812, 3820, 3830, 3831, 3860, 3880.

  2. Students must complete at least 18 credit hours in Religious Studies courses at the 3000 level or above.

  3. With the exception of the language courses (1040, 1041, 1050, 1051), no more than two 1000-level courses can be counted as credit towards a major.

11.26.1.2 Minor in Religious Studies
  1. A minimum of 24 credit hours in courses in Religious Studies is required, including at least 9 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or above.

  2. With the exception of the language courses (1040, 1041, 1050, 1051), no more than two 1000-level courses can be counted as credit towards a minor.

11.26.2 Honours Degree

Students planning to complete further work in Religious Studies should bear in mind that an Honours degree is the normal requirement for admission to Graduate Schools.

Students intending to complete an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Religious Studies must comply with the General Regulations for Honours Degrees, and must complete at least 60 credit hours in Religious Studies courses. This must include the 36 credit hours in course requirements to fulfill the Major in Religious Studies and a further 24 credit hours in Religious Studies, including one of Religious Studies 4998 (a comprehensive examination in the area of their specialization) or Religious Studies 4999 (Honours Essay).

Students considering Honours should arrange their program at the earliest opportunity, normally before the beginning of their fifth semester at the University.

Students will normally be required to have a reading knowledge of a language basic to their area of specialization.

In each case the program of studies leading to an Honours degree will be determined in consultation with the Head of the Department of Religious Studies, or delegate, keeping in mind the needs and interests of the individual student.

Students whose area of specialization requires a knowledge of Greek must complete Classics 1130 and 1131. In such cases these courses may be substituted for 6 of the 60 credit hours required for an Honours degree in Religious Studies.

11.26.3 Joint Honours Degree in Religious Studies and Another Major Subject

The attention of students is drawn to the possibility of doing a Joint Honours program that includes Religious Studies as one of the Major subjects. Such a program may be arranged in consultation with the Head of the Department of Religious Studies and the Head of the other Department concerned. Of the credit hours required in the two subjects selected, not fewer than 42, and not more than 51, must come from each discipline.