Associate Professor and Head of the Department
M.P. DeRoche

The degree of Master of Arts is offered in Religious Studies.

1. Admission requirements are set forth in the General Regulations governing the Degree of Master of Arts. An applicant should have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours in Religious Studies courses at the undergraduate level with at least the grade of B in each. An applicant's overall undergraduate program must represent, to the satisfaction of the Department, a solid groundwork for graduate studies.

2. A candidate who does not hold an Honours degree or its equivalent shall be required to complete such additional undergraduate courses as the Department may deem necessary. These courses may be required as prerequisites to admission to the program, or as an additional constituent part of the program, at the discretion of the Department.

3. Upon acceptance into the program, each candidate will be assigned a supervisor, whose duty it shall be to assist the candidate.

4.  Normally, the Master of Arts program should take two years to complete, the first of which is to be spent primarily on course work and preparation of a thesis proposal. A student accepted on a part-time basis would normally be expected to take three to five years to complete the program.

5.  Students shall normally complete a thesis and a minimum of 12 credit hours in course work.

6.  Students may write a thesis in one of the following areas: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Judaism, East Asian religious traditions, the history of Christianity, the religious history of Canada, the religious history of Newfoundland and Labrador, medieval religious thought, religion and culture, New Age religious movements, Christian ethics, and the philosophy of religion.

7.  Before a student begins writing his or her thesis, he/she should submit a thesis proposal to the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department for approval.

8. Students will be required to satisfy the Department as to proficiency in any language or technical facility deemed necessary by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department for successful completion of the thesis.

9. For the course work students must complete three required courses and at least one other from the course list. The three required courses are: RS 6100 Interpretations of Religion; RS 6120 Studies in Religious Texts; and RS 6130 Studies in Religious Movements and Institutions.


6100. Interpretations of Religion (Note: Credit may not be obtained for both RS 6100 and the former RS 6000)
6120. Studies in Religious Texts
6130. Studies in Religious Movements and Institutions
6220. Selected Topics in New Testament
6230. Selected Topics in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
6330. Selected Topics in Judaism
6340. Selected Topics in East Asian Religious Traditions
6720. Selected Topics in the History of Christianity
6730. Selected Topics in the Religious History of Canada
6740. Selected Topics in the Religious History of Newfoundland and Labrador
6750. Selected Topics in Medieval Religious Thought
6820. Selected Topics in Christian Ethics
6830. Selected Topics in Religion and Culture
6840. Selected Topics in the Philosophy of Religion
6850. Selected Topics in New Age Religious Movements
6900-10. Special Topics in the Study of Religion

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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