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Message of the Interim Dean

Throughout this year stakeholders in the Faculty of Religious Studies have been considering the possibility of becoming the “School of Religious Studies” in the Faculty of Arts. This last week the members of the Faculty Council have had the opportunity to vote on a concrete Proposal for transition to such a School of Religious Studies, to be accompanied by important new resources and due commitment to continuing essential aspects of the Faculty’s mission.

I am happy to announce that the voting was to approve the Proposal. This approval is far from being the last step toward establishing the renewed School. Conversations between the University and the theological colleges of the Montreal School of Theology are on-going. No transition from Faculty to School can be implemented without the consent of the University Senate and Board of Governors. Many concerns will need to be addressed over an extended transitional period.

Understanding religions and their interactions has never been so important in McGill and for the world. I hope the School of Religious Studies will embed the study of religions even more deeply in the life and mission of the University.

Ian Henderson, Interim Dean

“A miniature sculpture from the donation of R.W. Stevenson, Professor of Hinduism, 1966-91”

The Faculty of Religious Studies has enjoyed a long history at McGill providing a wide range of programs, including BA programs offered in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts, theological programs, and several specialized graduate degree programs.

The Faculty’s expertise in world religions engages many methods and disciplines, combining the rigorous and historically focused study of religious traditions and contexts with approaches that explore contemporary expressions of religions. For more on the Faculty’s distinctive, holistic approach to the study of religion, please visit About Us.

The Faculty is the home to the Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR) and McGill’s Initiative in Globalization and the World’s Religions, and is affiliated with the Montreal Diocesan Theological College of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Presbyterian College Montreal, and the United Theological College of the United Church of Canada. Each of these colleges is located close to campus.