Courses for your Religious Studies degree

First-year courses and beyond*

September to December

  • RS 110 – Religions of the West
  • Arts First requirement 1**
  • RS 260 – Religion Matters
  • Two additional courses

January to April

  • RS 100 – Religions of Asia
  • Arts First requirement 2**
  • One 100-level or 200-level RS course
  • Two additional courses

After first year

40% of the classes you’ll take will be Religious Studies courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

Sample upper-year courses

RS 220 – Religions and Politics
RS 266 – Death and Dying
RS 325 – Sex and the World Religions
RS 349 – The Mystical Imagination
RS 420R – Critical Encounter with Human Nature

*This is a sample schedule. Courses are subject to change depending on availability each term.
**The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 – Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 – Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact Jackie Jones our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Next steps