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

(a) students who wish to gain an understanding of the essential teachings and beliefs of one or more of the major religions;

(b) students who are interested in careers for which a knowledge of religious thought and practice is useful; and

(c) 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, 1032, and 1035 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 are designed to introduce students to some of the major fields of study within the area of Religious Studies, e.g., World Religions (2011 and 2012); Christian Thought and History (2013, 2130, and 2140), Biblical Studies (2050 and 2051); Religion, Ethics, and Modern Culture (2610, 2810, and 2811). All courses at the 2000 level are introductory courses 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.


Major in Religious Studies

A minimum of 36 credit hours in courses in Religious Studies is required. These must include a total of 18 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or above, chosen from at least three of the following fields of study:

1. Biblical Studies: 3030, 3060, 3090, 3200, 3210, 3251, 3265*, 3272, 3276, 4201-4230.

2. World Religions: 3305, 3310, 3315*, 3340, 3400, 3410, 3421, 3422, 3425, 3430, 4300-4330.

3. Christian Thought and History: 3000, 3150, 3510, 3535, 3560, 3591, 3900, 3901, 3902*, 3903*, 4700-4730.

4. Religion, Ethics, and Modern Culture: 3500, 3640, 3650, 3670*, 3680*, 3810, 3811, 3820, 3830*, 3840, 3850, 4801-4830.

* Inactive Course

Minor in Religious Studies

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.

Concentration in Religious Studies (Bachelor of Education Primary/Elementary)

A minimum of 18 credit hours is required, including:

- Religious Studies 2051

- At least 3 credit hours from 1020, 2013, 2130, or 2140

- At least 6 credit hours at the 3000 level or above


Students planning to do 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 do 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 including Religious Studies 4998 (a comprehensive examination in the area of their specialization) or 4999 (Honours Essay). Candidates for Honours may also be required to do courses in a further subject area.

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

Candidates 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 candidate.

Candidates 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.


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.

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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