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.
- 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.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take two introductory Religious Studies courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be Religious Studies courses.
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You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Internship programme
- Technical analyst
- Junior risk officer
- English facilitation assistant
- Business coordinator
What can you do with a degree in Religious Studies?
Waterloo Religious Studies graduates commonly pursue careers as pastors, youth ministers, teachers, life coordinators, and facilitators. They work in churches, schools, hospitals, and child care services.
- Development Officer – St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation of London
- Teacher – Durham Catholic District School Board
- Executive Assistant – Good Samaritan Hospital
- Minister – Anglican Church of Canada
- Kindergarten Teacher – Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
- Registered Early Childhood Educator – Owl Child Care Services of Ontario
- Administrative Assistant – St. Francis of Assisi Church
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)
Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?
Please contact Jackie Jones, our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.