The Honours BA in Religious Studies will give you a thorough training in methods used to study religion and will allow you to specialize in one of three concentrations within the program: Spiritualities and Cultures; Religion, Politics, and Public Policy; or Religion in Antiquity. For courses included in these concentrations, see the program requirements. You will learn how human religiosity intersects with other areas of human activity and will be able to think critically and comparatively about those interactions—a skill that is valuable in many areas of work. The program will qualify you to apply to graduate programs in the study of religion.

This program is offered in English and in French.

The French immersion is available with this program.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2017-2018 calendars for the previous requirements.

Basic Skills
ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Reasoning and Critical Thinking
Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Moral Reasoning
Fundamental Philosophical Questions
Great Philosophers
Philosophy: Themes and Texts
Compulsory course at the 1000 level
SRS 1112The Religions of the World I3 Units
Compulsory courses at the 2000 level
SRS 2113The Religions of the World II3 Units
SRS 2191Sociology of Religion3 Units
SRS 2194Anthropology of Religion3 Units
Compulsory course at the 3000 level
SRS 3102Method and Theory in the Study of Religion3 Units
Compulsory course at the 4000 level
SRS 4302Seminar in Religious Studies3 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from:3 Units
Psychology of Religion
Contemporary Issues in Psychology of Religion
15 optional course units from either list A or list B or list C 215 Units
3 optional course units in religious studies (SRS) at the 4000 level3 Units
15 optional course units in religious studies (SRS) at the 3000 or 4000 level 315 Units
6 optional course units in religious studies (SRS) at the 1000, 2000, 3000, or 4000 level6 Units
Elective courses
48 elective course units 48 Units
Total: 120 Units

The electives may be replaced by a combination of a Minor, Option(s), and/or elective units.


List A - Spiritualities and Cultures 

ANT 3140Cultures, Societies and Identity3 Units
ARB 2101Arabic Culture I3 Units
ARB 2102Arabic Culture II3 Units
EAS 3103Indigenous Spiritualities in the Americas.3 Units
SRS 2114Religion and Sexuality3 Units
SRS 2172Religion, Animals, Nature3 Units
SRS 2393Religion and Death3 Units
SRS 2398Religion and Health3 Units
SRS 3100Religion in a Digital Age3 Units
SRS 3110Religion, Spirituality and Secularism in the Contemporary World3 Units
SRS 3112Sainthood and Heresy3 Units
SRS 3113Religion and Cinema3 Units
SRS 3119Shamanic Traditions3 Units
SRS 3130Pilgrimages, Healings, and Miracles3 Units
SRS 3140Religion, Art and Mythology3 Units
SRS 3190Religion and Popular Culture3 Units
SRS 3353Contemporary Issues in Psychology of Religion3 Units
SRS 3354Mysticism and Spiritual Experience3 Units
YDD 2104Yiddish Literature and Film3 Units

List B - Religion, Politics, and Public Policy

ANT 3326Indigenous Resurgences in a Globalized World3 Units
CMN 2168Globalization and Communication3 Units
CMN 2181Intercultural Communication3 Units
HIS 2105History of the Jews in Canada3 Units
HIS 2160History of the Middle East from World War I3 Units
HIS 2175Southeast Asian Civilizations to the 18th Century3 Units
POL 3171Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship in Canada and Quebec3 Units
SRS 2111Women and Religions3 Units
SRS 2195Religion and Politics in Global Society3 Units
SRS 2386Religion in Canada from First Contact to Modern Challenges3 Units
SRS 3100Religion in a Digital Age3 Units
SRS 3139Native Peoples and Christianity3 Units
SRS 3165Gender and Religion3 Units
SRS 3191Religion and Globalization3 Units
SRS 3385Religion and Multiculturalism in Canada3 Units
SOC 3309Secularization, Laicism and Religion3 Units

List C - Religion in Antiquity

CLA 2110Archaeological Methods and Techniques3 Units
CLA 2122Greek Wisdom3 Units
CLA 2323Greek Mythology3 Units
SRS 2170The World of the Hebrew Bible3 Units
SRS 2382The World of the New Testament3 Units
SRS 2383Religion in Late Antiquity3 Units
SRS 3185Jesus of Nazareth3 Units
SRS 3187The World of the Apocryphal Texts3 Units
SRS 3333Religions of the Graeco-Roman World3 Units