Religious Studies

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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 Family StudiesFine 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.  

           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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UWaterloo Religious Studies Department & Faculty Blog 
  1. May 13, 2019Graduate Students Successful in SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship Competition

    We are very pleased to announce that three of our PhD students have been successful in the SSHRC competition!

    Chris Miller (supervised by Doug Cowan at UW) has been awarded a two-year SSHRCC doctoral award, Doaa Shalabi (supervised by David Seljak at UW) has been awarded one of the prestigious Canada Graduate Scholarships, and Sahver Kuzucuoglu (supervised by Jasmin Zine and Meena Sharify-Funk at WLU) has been awarded a 3-year year SSHRC fellowship.

    Our heartiest congratulations to all of you!

  2. Apr. 25, 2019Doug Cowan Receives Arts Award in Excellence in ResearchDoug Cowan with fellow award recipients

    Religous Studies professor Douglas E. Cowan received an Arts Award in Excellence in Research at yesterday's ceremony. Here are photos of the event.

    Congratulations, Doug!

  3. Apr. 16, 2019Christopher Emory Moore's PhD DefenceEvent poster for Christopher Emory-Moore's PhD defence.

    We are pleased to announce that Christopher Emory-Moore’s PhD defence will be this Thursday. Faculty, students, and anyone interested in hearing the defence are encouraged to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

    WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 11 am - 2 pm

    WHERE: HH 373

    Dissertation title: “Renunciation and the Householder/Renouncer Relation in the New Kadampa Tradition”

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