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Bachelor of Arts (BA) Programs

Available programs

Bachelor of Arts programs in the Faculty of Religious Studies explore the many cultural, historical and political issues related to both Eastern and Western religions and to religion in comparative perspective. Majors and Minors in World Religions are available, as well as a Minor  in Religion and Globalization and Honours and Joint Honours programs in Religious Studies. Students frequently combine Majors and Minors in World Religions with a wide range of other BA concentrations, highlighting the importance of the rigorous study of religion to many other areas of inquiry. 

A distinctive strength of the Faculty’s offerings is the Major in Scriptures and Interpretations which allows for a concentration on a particular scriptural tradition (Jewish, Christian, or Hindu and Buddhist scriptures); the Minor in Scriptural Languages supports all these concentrations by providing intensive study of either Indo-Tibetan languages or Biblical Languages.

For more information, please see the Undergraduate Calendar listing of Religious Studies programs.


Admissions requirements and application procedures

BA programs in Religious Studies are offered in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts, and all admission requirements, application procedures, and academic rules and regulations of that Faculty apply to students in these programs. This means that students wishing to apply for any of the BA programs at the Faculty of Religious Studies must apply to the Faculty of Arts through the Applying to McGill website. 

Prospective students seeking advice should contact the appropriate Faculty of Religious Studies advisor


Course/credit transfer and equivalency

Students who are not currently in a Religious Studies programme at McGill and who require advice regarding the transfer of credits for courses taken elsewhere than at McGill, and/or seeking equivalency decisions regarding such courses, should consult the Chair of the B.A. Religious Studies Programmes Committee (2013-2014) davesh [dot] soneji [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Professor Davesh Soneji)

It is the responsibility of students requiring such decisions to provide their Advisor with full documentation of the non-McGill courses to be evaluated (ideally a course syllabus with details of course requirements, textbooks, assignments, etc).