Religious Studies

Explore the fundamental beliefs that bind us — and divide us

Who or what is the divine? What does it mean to be human? How do spiritual beliefs shape our world? In this program, you’ll examine how religions have influenced politics, economics, culture, art, science, and society throughout history — and continue to do so today.

Tailor your degree to your passions. We offer more than 100 undergraduate courses covering the religions of the world, Jewish studies, Christian traditions, and religious culture and society. Thanks to strong links with the Department of Religion and Culture at neighbouring Wilfrid Laurier University, you’ll have access to even more learning opportunities.

You’ll graduate equipped with the multicultural understanding, critical thinking skills, and historical knowledge to succeed in a variety of careers. And, if you take the co-op stream, up to two years of work experience on your resume.

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briefcaseAvailable as a co-op and regular program

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Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Religious Studies as your major at the end of first year.

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Get serious work experience

Explore careers and earn money to pay for school by completing four optional co-op work terms – and graduate 20 months of career-building work experience.

Visit holy sites in India

Round off your degree with a four-month guided trek across India to visit ashrams and other holy centres.