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. July 6, 2019Q&A with Dr. Alicia Batten: RS job options and tips for success

    Welcome back to our Q&A series with Religious Studies instructors, alumni, and students. Get to know our people, research, and courses!

    If you missed it, check out part 1 of our Q&A with Dr. Batten to learn about the relevance of studying religion and part 2 to learn about our undergraduate program. This week, we will answer questions about job opportunities with a degree in Religious Studies and tips for success.

  2. June 26, 2019Religious Studies Departmental Awards

    We are very pleased to announce that two of our undergraduate students received departmental awards at this year's spring convocation ceremony.

    Douglas Tennant was awarded the Religious Studies Departmental Award. Douglas graduated with a BA in Religious Studies with a World Religions Specialization.

    Claris Lam received the St. Jerome's University Religious Studies Departmental Award. Claris graduated with a BA in Religious Studies and a minor in English Language and Literature.

    Our warmest congratulations to both of you!

  3. June 18, 2019Q&A with Dr. Alicia Batten: why study RS at UWaterloo

    Welcome back to our Q&A series with Religious Studies instructors, alumni, and students. Get to know our people, research, and courses!

    If you missed it, check out part 1 of our Q&A with Dr. Batten to learn about the relevance of studying religion. This week, we will answer questions about our undergraduate program.

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  1. Sep. 23, 2019Religious Studies Pizza Party
    Pizza.

    Join the Religious Studies Department and Renison University College for a fun social event with pizza!

  2. Sep. 24, 2019Religious Studies Social Event
    Ice cream.

    Join the Religious Studies Department and St. Paul's University College for a fun social event with desserts!

  3. Nov. 5, 2019Lecture: The Buried Raging Sermons of the Warsaw Ghetto Rabbi
    Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto are led to a deportation point sometime between April 19 and May 16, 1943 (Wikimedia Commons).

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