Religious Studies

Welcome! For more than 50 years, the University of Waterloo has offered courses in religious studies. Religious Studies is a flexible program that offers several plans for undergraduate students and includes a wide range of courses. Students are able to specialize in three main areas: World Religions; Christian Traditions; and Religion, Culture, and Society. Religious Studies is also a great complement to other programs where students can pursue a joint honours degree or a minor.

Our faculty have varied research interests and also contribute to other university departments and programs, including: SociologyJewish StudiesPeace and Conflict Studies,  Social Development StudiesSex, Marriage, and the FamilyFine Artsand Graduate Theological Studies.

Our department enjoys the diverse resources of St. Jerome’s UniversityConrad Grebel University CollegeSt. Paul’s United CollegeRenison University Collegeand the Faculty of Arts.

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo in partnership with the Religion and Culture Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, offers a joint PhD in Religious Studies with a unique concentration on religious diversity of North America.  

           Undergraduate Studies

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              Graduate Studies 

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           Why study religion? 

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                 Why Waterloo? 

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  1. Feb. 7, 2019Public Talk: Busy Buddhists: Monastic and Missionary Imperatives in the New Kadampa TraditionImage of multiple golden buddhas in a line with title of lecture and location information

    Come and support Christopher Emory-Moore at his public talk on March 13, 2019 at the Kitchener Public Library!

  2. Nov. 7, 2018Book Launch: "America's Dark Theologian" by Dr. Douglas E. Cowan

    Author: Douglas E. Cowan, Professor, Religious Studies; Social Development Studies; Culture and Language Studies

    Book launch of "America's Dark Theologian: The Religious Imagination of Stephen King" by Dr. Douglas E. Cowan, Religious Studies professor.

    WHEN: Wednesday, November 7, 7-9 pm
    WHERE Atrium, Renison University College


    Please RSVP
    Parking code: 2230#

  3. Aug. 21, 2018David Seljak Discusses on CBC Pope Francis' Letter on Sexual Abuse

    David Seljak discussed with CBC radio Pope Francis' letter condemning decades of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy and the actions of leaders of the Church to cover it up.

    The interview begins 58 seconds into the radio segment.

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