Religious Studies

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Welcome to the Religious Studies Department! 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: Sociology, Anthropology, Jewish Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Development Studies, Gender and Social Justice, Fine Artsand Graduate Theological Studies.

Our department enjoys the diverse resources of St. Jerome’s UniversityConrad Grebel University CollegeSt. Paul’s University 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.

  1. Mar. 31, 2021A new book from our own Dr. Alicia Batten

    Congratulations to Alicia Batten on her new book (co-edited with Kelly Olson) entitled Dress in Mediterranean Antiquity.

  2. Mar. 22, 2021Job Posting: Definite Term Lecturers, Arts First

    Definite Term Lecturers, Arts First

    The Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo invites applications for two positions at the rank of Lecturer, for definite-term contracts of three years beginning August 1, 2021. These positions will support a Faculty-wide initiative, “Arts First” (, designed to help undergraduate students build foundational competencies in communication and analysis in small class settings.

  3. Mar. 8, 2021New book by Prof. James Diamond

    Congratulations to our faculty member, James Diamond, on his recently published book entitled Reinventing Maimonides in Contemporary Jewish Thought (Littman Library Of Jewish Civilization/Liverpool University Press, 2019), coauthored with Menachem Kellner.

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