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Conrad Grebel University College is an active partner in University of Waterloo's Department of Religious Studies which unites the resources of the four affiliated and federated institutions (Conrad Grebel University College, St. Paul's University College, Renison University College and St. Jerome's University) and the University’s Religious Studies faculty members. Of the wide spectrum of courses taught by the Department of Religious Studies, only Conrad Grebel University College courses are listed below:


Alicia Batten, Associate Professor, PhD (Toronto).

Jeremy M. Bergen, Associate Professor, PhD (Toronto).

W. Derek Suderman, Associate Professor, PhD (Toronto).


Marybeth White, Online Instructor, PhD (Waterloo).

Amanda Witmer, Online Instructor, PhD (McMaster).


The following University of Waterloo Religious Studies courses (RS) are offered at Conrad Grebel University College:

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RS 100-level courses

Course ID Course name Recent Syllabus (PDF)
RS 100

Online offering: Religions of Asia                           

 Online: Winter 2022

RS 110

Religions of the West


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RS 200-level courses

Course ID Course name Recent Syllabus (PDF)
RS 225

Sacred Beauty: Religion and the Arts

 Fall 2018

RS 232/JS 205

The Hebrew Prophets

Winter 2013
RS 228/JS 228 Big Ideas of the Bible Fall 2021

RS 235/JS 235

Jesus: Life and Legacy

Fall 2016 ;
Online: Spring 2021
RS 236/JS 236

Paul: Life and Letters

Winter 2015;
Online: Fall 2021

RS 237/JS 237

Insiders and Outsiders in the Bible

Fall 2013

RS 240/HIST 235

History of Christianity Winter 2022
RS 250 History of Christian Thought  
RS 253 (previously RS 152)                   Christianity's Big Questions Winter 2020

RS 256/PACS 320/*TS 636

Christian Approaches to Peacemaking                                       Winter 2014
RS 258 God Winter 2020
RS 260 How to Study Religion Winter 2019

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RS 300-level courses

Course ID Course name Recent Syllabus (PDF)

RS 327/CLAS 326/GSJ 327

The Body, Dress, and Religion Fall 2021
RS 335/PACS 336 The Violence of the Bible Winter 2022
RS 338/JS 338 Seeking Wisdom in the Bible Winter 2015
RS 343/HIST 379/*TS 645 Reformation History Fall 2020
RS 344/HIST 348/*TS 642 The Radical Reformation Fall 2021
RS 351 Contemporary Christian Thought  
RS 353/PACS 330/*TS 637 War and Peace in Christian Theology Fall 2020

RS 357/CMW 363/MUS 363/*TS 652

The Christian Hymn Fall 2021  
RS 358/CMW 364/MUS 364/*TS 653 Worship and its Music Winter 2021
RS 380/PACS 326 Religion and Peace Building  
RS 387/*TS 689 Aging and the Spiritual Life Winter 2022
RS 391 Special Topics N/A
RS 398 Directed Readings in Special Subjects N/A

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RS 400-level courses

Course ID                            Course name Recent Syllabus (PDF)
RS 491 Special Topics N/A
RS 498 Directed Readings in Special Subjects                            N/A

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*TS 636, 642, 645, 652, 653, and 653 are graduate courses.

You can see the complete listing of RS courses at the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar website.

For a list of current and future course offerings visit our site here.