What is religious studies?
Religious studies is the exploration of the expression of religion in human culture. It examines human ideas about the divine, as well as the way religious concepts are expressed in text, rituals and belief systems.
Students learn about the histories and varieties of the world’s various religious traditions, and develop interpretive and theoretical perspectives on religion’s deep connection to the human experience and persistent place in culture. Search the archaeological, cultural, and historical records of humanity and you will find the persistent presence of religion.
Religious studies at Memorial
Memorial is home to the largest religious studies department in Atlantic Canada. The wide range of courses offered includes opportunities for language study in Mandarin, Biblical Hebrew and Sanskrit.
Sample courses and degree map
Degree maps are navigational tools, designed to help you make the right choices throughout your Bachelor of Arts degree. They cover information pertaining to your studies, provide study tips, career guidance, suggestions for involvement, advice on go abroad activities and on your well being.
A religious studies degree is good preparation for any career that includes working with people and their cultures. A few examples:
- International relations
- Legal profession
- Refugee/immigration support
Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts
Fall, winter and spring semesters
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:
- March 1 for fall admission
- Oct. 1 for winter admission
- Feb. 1 for spring admission