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The Department of Religious Studies . . .

teaches students about the histories and varieties of religion, including prominent ideas, and methods and theories informing the academic discipline of religious studies

• prepares students with cultural literacy to organize, understand, and present information, and the knowledge and skill-set required in many professions and careers (like journalism, education, counseling and social work, international business and management, heritage and culture work)

• advances the profession of religious studies through a commitment to scholarly research, publication, and debate

• promotes informed public dialogue about religions and their interaction and influence with and on society and culture

• cultivates awareness of religious pluralism and difference, creating global citizens with the capacity to engage in both sympathetic understanding and vigorous critique of the place of religion in today’s religiously diverse world




• MA student off for PhD in the Fall

Liam Harvey-Crowell will be off to the University of Waterloo in September to begin doctoral studies with a full funding package. Good work! 

• Students off to China

Congratulations to Philip Hollett, Chelsea Smith, and Heather Stern for winning the China scholarship. They are off to study in China for one year.  Best wishes to you all! 

• Proposed Summer School in Bordeaux, France

Dr. Jennifer Selby is promoting a summer field school in Bordeaux, France for July 2016. Please see this brochure for more information about the proposed courses, field visits and dates.

• The Islamic State and the Middle East Events

April 26-27, 2015

With the Department of History, we welcome you to join us for a series of public lectures on "The Islamic State and the Middle East" at the Rocket Bakery on Sunday, April 26th from 3-5pm. For more details on the speakers, please see this link.  

• Text and Context Symposium a Success

April 13-14, 2015 

The Department thanks Dr. Richard Mann of Carleton University, as well as MUN faculty and graduate students for participating in our third annual symposium. Please see the schedule of speakers here.

• 2014-15 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Dakotah Noseworthy, Greg Noseworthy, Heather Stern and Ashley Bradley. Well done!

• Recent Books by Faculty

Dr. Barry Stephenson published Ritual: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press). 

Dr. Kim Parker published Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (Linus Publications). 

Dr. Lee Rainey published Decoding Dao: Reading the Dao De Jing and the Zhuangzi (Wiley-Blackwell).