Religious Studies (RELG)

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Religious Studies (RELG)

Location

Location

  • William and Henry Birks Building
  • 3520 University Street
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A7

Religious Studies Programs in Arts

Religious Studies Programs in Arts

Available within the Faculty of Arts are a Major Concentration and a Minor Concentration in World Religions, a Major Concentration in Scriptures and Interpretations, and a Minor Concentration in Scriptural Languages as well as an Honours and a Joint Honours Program with two options: Western Religions and Asian Religions. These programs are administered by the Faculty of Arts and the general rules, regulations and requirements of that Faculty apply to them.

Students interested in these programs can obtain information from the Faculty of Arts website at www.mcgill.ca/arts and the Religious Studies website, or from a Religious Studies B.A. Adviser. For general information on Religious Studies programs, make an appointment to see an adviser by telephoning 514-398-4121 or visiting the Reception office in the Birks Building.

Admission to the B.A. program is granted according to criteria established by the Faculty of Arts.

Students interested in theology programs can find more information under Faculty of Religious Studies > Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) and Faculty of Religious Studies > Master of Divinity (M.Div.).

Religious Studies Courses Available to Arts and Science Students

Religious Studies Courses Available to Arts and Science Students

All courses listed in the Religious Studies section (RELG) are considered as courses in Arts and Science except for courses restricted to B.Th. or S.T.M. students and courses that require permission of the Chair of the B.Th. Committee.

Religious Studies (RELG) Faculty

Religious Studies (RELG) Faculty

Dean
Ellen B. Aitken; A.B.(Harv.), M.Div.(University of the South), Th.D.(Harv.)
Emeritus Professors
Gregory B. Baum; B.A.(McM.), M.A.(Ohio), D.Th.(Fribourg)
Robert C. Culley; B.D.(Knox, Tor.), M.A., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Douglas J. Hall; B.A.(W. Ont.), M.Div., S.T.M., Th.D.(U.T.S., N.Y.), L.L.D.(Wat.), D.D.(Pres. Col.), D.D.(Qu.)
Joseph C. McLelland; B.A.(McM.), M.A.(Tor.), B.D.(Knox, Tor.), Ph.D.(Edin.), D.D.(Montr. Dio. Coll.; Knox, Tor.)
D. Runnalls; B.A.(Br. Col.), B.D.(McG.), Ph.D.(Tor.)
Frederik Wisse; Ing.(Utrecht), B.A., B.D.(Calvin, Mich.), Ph.D.(Claremont)
Professors
Maurice Boutin; B.A., B.A., B.A.(Montr.), D.Th.(Munich) (J.W. McConnell Professor of Philosophy of Religion)
Douglas B. Farrow; B.R.E.(Providence), M.Div.(Grace), M.Th.(Regent), Ph.D.(Lond.) (Christian Thought)
W.J. Torrance Kirby; B.A.(KCNS), M.A., D.Phil.(Oxf.) (Ecclesiastical History)
G.S. Oegema; B.A., Th.D.(Vrije, Amsterdam), M.A., Ph.D.(Free Univ., Berlin), Dr. Theol. Habil(Tübingen) (Biblical Studies)
Arvind Sharma; B.A.(Allahabad), M.A.(Syr.), M.T.S., Ph.D.(Harv.) (Henry Birks Professor of Comparative Religion)
Katherine K. Young; B.A.(Vermont), M.A.(Chic.), Ph.D.(McG.) (James McGill Professor of Hinduism/Comparative Religion)
Associate Professors
Ellen B. Aitken; A.B.(Harv.), M.Div.(University of the South), Th.D.(Harv.) (Early Christian History and Literature)
Ian H. Henderson; B.A.(Manit.), B.D.(St. And.), M.A.(McM.), D.Phil.(Oxf.) (New Testament Studies)
G. Victor Hori; B.A.(York), M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Stan.) (Japanese Religions)
Patricia G. Kirkpatrick; B.A.(McG.), M.Th.(Lond.), D.Phil.(Oxf.), D.D.(Montr. Dio. Coll.) (Old Testament Studies)
Assistant Professors
Lara Braitstein; B.A., M.A.(McG.) (Indo-Tibetan Buddhism)
Daniel Cere; B.A, M.A.(McG.), Ph.D.(C'dia) (Religion, Ethics and Public Policy)
Gaëlle Fiasse; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Louvain-le-Neuve) (Ethics and Religious Ethics) (joint appoint. with Department of Philosophy)
Devesh Soneji; B.A.(Manit.), Ph.D.(McG.) (South Asian Religion)
Faculty Lecturers
Jim Kanaris; B.A.(C’dia), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.) (Philosophy of Religion)
Fabian Udoh; B.Phil.(Institut de Philosophie, Kinshasa), S.T.B.(Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana), M.Phil.(Oxf.), Ph.D.(Duke) (New Testament Studies)
Numata Visiting Professor
Dr. Dorji Wangchuk; M.A., Ph.D.(Hamburg)
Adjunct Professors
Paul Jennings; B.A., M.A.(Tor.), B.Th.(McG.)
Elizabeth Jones; M.Div., Th.M., B.A.(Hons)(York, UK), M.Div., Th.M.(Vancouver School of Theology), Th.D.(cand)(Univ. de Genève)
Philip Joudrey; B.A., M.Div.(Acad.), D.Min.(Andover Newton Theological School)
William Klempa; B.A.(Manit.), M.A.(Tor.), B.D., D.D.(Knox, Tor.), Ph.D.(Edin.)
T. Jinpa Langri; B.A., Dr. Div.(King’s Coll., Lond.), Ph.D.(Camb.)
Lucille Marr; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Wat.)
Vanessa Sasson; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
John M. Simons; B.A.(Bishop's), S.T.B.(Trin. Coll., Tor.), Ph.D.(G'town) (PT)
John Vissers; B.A.(Tor.), M.Div.(Knox), Th.M.(Prin.), Th.D.(Knox) (PT)
Dale Woods; B.A.(Alta.), M.C.S.(Regent), M.Div.(Vancouver School of Theology), D.Min.(Luther Seminary)
Course Lecturers (2010-2011)
Cory Labrecque; B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. Candidate(McG.)
Lucille Marr; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Wat.)
Manjit Singh; B.A., M.A.(Delhi)
Glenn Smith; B.A.(Mich.), M.A.(Ott.), D.Min.(Northern Baptist Seminary, Ill.), D.Hon.(Union des universités privées d'Haïti)
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Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration World Religions (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration World Religions introduces students to the major world religions and to the academic study of religion.

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration World Religions.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits, no more than 12 of which may be taken at the 200-level, selected with the following specifications:

12 credits in Religious Traditions chosen from the course lists on "Judaism and Christianity" and/or "Hinudism and Buddhism."

6 credits from the course list on "Comparative Studies."

Judaism and Christianity

RELG 201 (3) Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELG 202 (3) Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 300 (3) Second Temple Judaism
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 306 (3) Rabbinic Judaism
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations
RELG 311 (3) New Testament Studies 1
RELG 312 (3) New Testament Studies 2
RELG 313 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 1
RELG 314 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 2
RELG 322 (3) The Church in History 1
RELG 323 (3) The Church in History 2
RELG 324 (3) Armenian Apostolic Tradition
RELG 325 (3) Varieties Religious Experience in Christianity
RELG 326 (3) Ancient Christian Church AD54 - AD604
RELG 330 (3) Reformed Theology
RELG 334 (3) The Christian Faith
RELG 336 (3) Contemporary Theological Issues
RELG 338 (3) Women and the Christian Tradition
RELG 373 (3) Topics in Christian Ethics
RELG 379 (3) Eastern Orthodox Christianity
RELG 399 (3) Christian Spirituality
RELG 420 (3) Canadian Church History
RELG 423 (3) Reformation Thought
RELG 470 (3) Theological Ethics
RELG 502 (3) Greco-Roman Judaism
RELG 532 (3) History of Christian Thought 1
RELG 533 (3) History of Christian Thought 2

Hinduism and Buddhism

RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia
RELG 337 (3) Themes in Buddhist Studies
RELG 339 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Buddhism
RELG 342 (3) Theravada Buddhist Literature
RELG 344 (3) Mahayana Buddhism
RELG 348 (3) Classical Hinduism
RELG 350 (3) Bhakti Hinduism
RELG 352 (3) Japanese Religions
RELG 354 (3) Chinese Religions
RELG 356 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Hinduism
RELG 369 (3) Tibetan Buddhism
RELG 442 (3) Pure Land Buddhism
RELG 451 (3) Zen: Maxims and Methods
RELG 452 (3) East Asian Buddhism
RELG 453 (3) Vajrayana Buddhism
RELG 454 (3) Modern Hindu Thought
RELG 545 (3) Ramayana: Multiple Lives
RELG 546 (3) Indian Philosophy
RELG 547 (3) Special Topics in Hinduism
RELG 548 (3) Indian Buddhist Philosophy
RELG 549 (3) Japanese Buddhist Philosophy
RELG 551 (3) Special Topics in Buddhism
RELG 552 (3) Advaita Vedanta
RELG 553 (3) Religions of South India 1
RELG 554 (3) Religions of South India 2
RELG 556 (3) Issues in Buddhist Studies
RELG 557 (3) Asian Ethical Systems
RELG 560 (3) Buddhist Poetry

Comparative Studies

RELG 207 (3) The Study of World Religions 1
RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 270 (3) Religious Ethics and the Environment
RELG 271 (3) Sexual Ethics
RELG 315 (3) Special Topics in Religion 1
RELG 316 (3) New Religious Movements
RELG 317 (3) Special Topics in Religion 2
RELG 318 (3) Special Topics in Religion 3
RELG 319 (3) Special Topics in Religion 4
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 345 (3) Religion and the Arts 1
RELG 347 (3) Topics in Religion and the Arts
RELG 355 (3) Religion and the Arts 2
RELG 361 (3) Religious Behaviour
RELG 370 (3) Religion and Human Rights
RELG 371 (3) Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence
RELG 376 (3) Religious Ethics
RELG 555 (3) Honours Seminar
RELG 571 (3) Religion and Medicine
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Scriptural Languages (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration Scriptural Languages is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to read scriptural sources in their original languages. This minor concentration is recommended to be followed in conjunction with the Major Concentration Scriptures and Interpretations.

This program may not be expanded to one of the major concentrations offered in Religious Studies.

Students will choose from one of two streams:

Stream I: Biblical Languages

Stream II: Indo-Tibetan Languages

Stream I - Biblical Languages

18 credits chosen from among courses on Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek.

Biblical Hebrew

*Note: Students with advanced standing in Hebrew may take Aramaic as part of their program.

JWST 327 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 328 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 329 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
RELG 390D1* (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 390D2* (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 491 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 492 (3) Hebrew Texts

Biblical Greek

RELG 280D1 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 280D2 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 381 (3) Advanced New Testament Greek
RELG 482 (3) Exegesis of Greek New Testament
RELG 583 (3) Hellenistic Religious Texts

Stream II - Indo-Tibetan Languages

Sanskrit is the language of classical Indian civilization and is recommended for students interested in gaining access to religious texts, philosophical works, academic treatises on all subjects and poetry written in classical and medieval India.

Classical Tibetan is one of the main scriptural languages of Buddhism. Many texts originally composed in Sanskrit are only extant in their Tibetan translations, and a vast body of philosophical, devotional, poetic and academic works composed in Classical Tibetan is only accessible to one who has a firm grasp of the language.

Tamil is a language spoken by over 75,000,000 people around the world. It is an ancient South Indian language that, unlike Sanskrit, has a vital, living tradition. It has a classical literary canon and yet is also part of the everyday lives of millions of people.

18 credits chosen from among courses on Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Tamil.

Sanskrit

RELG 257D1 (3) Introductory Sanskrit
RELG 257D2 (3) Introductory Sanskrit
RELG 357D1 (3) Sanskrit 2
RELG 357D2 (3) Sanskrit 2
RELG 457D1 (3) Advanced Sanskrit
RELG 457D2 (3) Advanced Sanskrit

Tibetan

RELG 264 (3) Introductory Tibetan 1
RELG 265 (3) Introductory Tibetan 2
RELG 364 (3) Intermediate Tibetan 1
RELG 365 (3) Intermediate Tibetan 2
RELG 464 (3) Advanced Tibetan 1
RELG 465 (3) Advanced Tibetan 2

Tamil

RELG 266 (3) Introductory Tamil 1
RELG 267 (3) Introductory Tamil 2
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Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration World Religions (36 credits)

The Major Concentration World Religions offers students a broad introduction to the study of the world's major religions, with the possibility for concentration in a student's specific areas of interest. Developing an understanding of methods and problems in comparative approaches to the academic study of religion will be encouraged.

Required Course (3 credits)

RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion

Complementary Courses (33 credits)

33 credits, no more than 12 of which may be taken at the 200 level, selected with the following specifications:

24 credits in World Religions chosen from the course lists on "Judaism and Christianity" and/or "Hinduism and Buddhism" according to the student's area of interest.

9 credits from the course list on "Comparative Studies" according to the student's area of interest.

Judaism and Christianity

RELG 201 (3) Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELG 202 (3) Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 300 (3) Second Temple Judaism
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 306 (3) Rabbinic Judaism
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations
RELG 311 (3) New Testament Studies 1
RELG 312 (3) New Testament Studies 2
RELG 313 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 1
RELG 314 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 2
RELG 322 (3) The Church in History 1
RELG 323 (3) The Church in History 2
RELG 324 (3) Armenian Apostolic Tradition
RELG 325 (3) Varieties Religious Experience in Christianity
RELG 326 (3) Ancient Christian Church AD54 - AD604
RELG 333 (3) Principles of Christian Theology 1
RELG 334 (3) The Christian Faith
RELG 336 (3) Contemporary Theological Issues
RELG 338 (3) Women and the Christian Tradition
RELG 373 (3) Topics in Christian Ethics
RELG 379 (3) Eastern Orthodox Christianity
RELG 399 (3) Christian Spirituality
RELG 420 (3) Canadian Church History
RELG 423 (3) Reformation Thought
RELG 434 (3) Principles of Christian Theology 2
RELG 470 (3) Theological Ethics
RELG 479 (3) Christianity in Global Perspective
RELG 502 (3) Greco-Roman Judaism
RELG 532 (3) History of Christian Thought 1
RELG 533 (3) History of Christian Thought 2

Hinduism and Buddhism

RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia
RELG 254 (3) Introduction to Sikhism
RELG 337 (3) Themes in Buddhist Studies
RELG 339 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Buddhism
RELG 342 (3) Theravada Buddhist Literature
RELG 344 (3) Mahayana Buddhism
RELG 348 (3) Classical Hinduism
RELG 350 (3) Bhakti Hinduism
RELG 352 (3) Japanese Religions
RELG 354 (3) Chinese Religions
RELG 356 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Hinduism
RELG 363 (3) Religion and the Arts in India
RELG 369 (3) Tibetan Buddhism
RELG 372 (3) Hindu Goddesses
RELG 442 (3) Pure Land Buddhism
RELG 451 (3) Zen: Maxims and Methods
RELG 452 (3) East Asian Buddhism
RELG 453 (3) Vajrayana Buddhism
RELG 454 (3) Modern Hindu Thought
RELG 545 (3) Ramayana: Multiple Lives
RELG 546 (3) Indian Philosophy
RELG 547 (3) Special Topics in Hinduism
RELG 548 (3) Indian Buddhist Philosophy
RELG 549 (3) Japanese Buddhist Philosophy
RELG 551 (3) Special Topics in Buddhism
RELG 552 (3) Advaita Vedanta
RELG 553 (3) Religions of South India 1
RELG 554 (3) Religions of South India 2
RELG 556 (3) Issues in Buddhist Studies
RELG 557 (3) Asian Ethical Systems
RELG 558 (3) Indian Tantric Traditions
RELG 560 (3) Buddhist Poetry

Comparative Studies

RELG 207 (3) The Study of World Religions 1
RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 270 (3) Religious Ethics and the Environment
RELG 271 (3) Sexual Ethics
RELG 315 (3) Special Topics in Religion 1
RELG 316 (3) New Religious Movements
RELG 317 (3) Special Topics in Religion 2
RELG 318 (3) Special Topics in Religion 3
RELG 319 (3) Special Topics in Religion 4
RELG 340 (3) Religion and the Sciences
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 343 (3) Topics: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 345 (3) Religion and the Arts 1
RELG 347 (3) Topics in Religion and the Arts
RELG 355 (3) Religion and the Arts 2
RELG 361 (3) Religious Behaviour
RELG 370 (3) Religion and Human Rights
RELG 371 (3) Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence
RELG 375 (3) Religion and Society
RELG 376 (3) Religious Ethics
RELG 555 (3) Honours Seminar
RELG 571 (3) Religion and Medicine
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Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Scriptures and Interpretations (36 credits)

The Major Concentration Scriptures and Interpretations is designed for students interested in understanding scriptural literatures and their place in developing religious traditions. While students will be able to concentrate in the area of their choice (Jewish, Christian, or Hindu and Buddhist Scriptures and Interpretations), they will study scriptures of at least two religious traditions, either in English translation or, if their skills permit, in the original languages.

Required Courses (6 credits)

RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations
RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion

Complementary Courses (30 credits)

30 credits with a minimum of 18 credits selected from one area of specialization and a minimum of 6 credits from a second area.

Areas of Specialization:

(a) Jewish Scriptures and the History of Their Interpretation

(b) Christian Scriptures and the History of Their Interpretation

(c) Hindu and Buddhist Scriptures and the Histories of Their Interpretations

No more than 12 credits may be taken at the 200-level.

(a) Jewish Scriptures and the History of Their Interpretation

JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 324 (3) Biblical Interpretation - Antiquity
JWST 327 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 328 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 329 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 331 (3) Bible Interpretation/Medieval Ashkenaz
JWST 332 (3) Bible Interpretation/Sefardic Tradition
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
RELG 201 (3) Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELG 202 (3) Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 300 (3) Second Temple Judaism
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 306 (3) Rabbinic Judaism
RELG 308 (3) Ancient Bible Translations
RELG 390D1 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 390D2 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 407 (3) The Writings
RELG 408 (3) The Prophets
RELG 491 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 492 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 502 (3) Greco-Roman Judaism

(b) Christian Scriptures and the History of Their Interpretation

RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 280 (6) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 308 (3) Ancient Bible Translations
RELG 311 (3) New Testament Studies 1
RELG 312 (3) New Testament Studies 2
RELG 313 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 1
RELG 314 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 2
RELG 381 (3) Advanced New Testament Greek
RELG 404 (3) Post Exilic Biblical Literature
RELG 407 (3) The Writings
RELG 408 (3) The Prophets
RELG 411 (3) New Testament Exegesis
RELG 482 (3) Exegesis of Greek New Testament
RELG 583 (3) Hellenistic Religious Texts

(c) Hindu and Buddhist Scriptures and the Histories of Their Interpretations

RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia
RELG 254 (3) Introduction to Sikhism
RELG 257D1 (3) Introductory Sanskrit
RELG 257D2 (3) Introductory Sanskrit
RELG 264 (3) Introductory Tibetan 1
RELG 265 (3) Introductory Tibetan 2
RELG 266 (3) Introductory Tamil 1
RELG 267 (3) Introductory Tamil 2
RELG 337 (3) Themes in Buddhist Studies
RELG 342 (3) Theravada Buddhist Literature
RELG 344 (3) Mahayana Buddhism
RELG 348 (3) Classical Hinduism
RELG 350 (3) Bhakti Hinduism
RELG 352 (3) Japanese Religions
RELG 354 (3) Chinese Religions
RELG 357D1 (3) Sanskrit 2
RELG 357D2 (3) Sanskrit 2
RELG 364 (3) Intermediate Tibetan 1
RELG 365 (3) Intermediate Tibetan 2
RELG 369 (3) Tibetan Buddhism
RELG 442 (3) Pure Land Buddhism
RELG 443 (3) Japanese Esoteric Buddhism
RELG 451 (3) Zen: Maxims and Methods
RELG 452 (3) East Asian Buddhism
RELG 453 (3) Vajrayana Buddhism
RELG 454 (3) Modern Hindu Thought
RELG 457D1 (3) Advanced Sanskrit
RELG 457D2 (3) Advanced Sanskrit
RELG 464 (3) Advanced Tibetan 1
RELG 465 (3) Advanced Tibetan 2
RELG 545 (3) Ramayana: Multiple Lives
RELG 546 (3) Indian Philosophy
RELG 548 (3) Indian Buddhist Philosophy
RELG 552 (3) Advaita Vedanta
RELG 553 (3) Religions of South India 1
RELG 554 (3) Religions of South India 2
RELG 560 (3) Buddhist Poetry
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Religious Studies - Asian Religions (60 credits)

The Honours Religious Studies offers a degree of analysis and concentration beyond that of the Major program through coursework, intensive research and discussion with peer groups.

There are no prerequisites for entry to the program. Students must, however, maintain a program GPA and a CGPA of 3.00 (or 3.50 for First Class Honours).

While gaining general knowledge of the study of religion, students also develop more concentrated expertise in either the Western Religions or Asian Religions option.

The requirements set out below pertain to the Asian Religions option.

Required Courses (9 credits)

RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion
RELG 555 (3) Honours Seminar

Complementary Courses (51 credits)

51 credits selected with the following specifications:

3 credits introductory courses on Asian Religious Traditions

6 credits of Scriptural Languages related to Asian religious traditions (selected in consultation with the program adviser)

9 credits of courses on Religion and Culture

12 credits from the list of Approved Courses from Other Departments, of which at least 6 credits must be related to Western Religions

21 credits chosen from courses on Asian Religions, of which 3 credits must be a 500-level research seminar

Introductory - Asian Religious Traditions

3 credits from:

RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia

Asian Religions - Scriptural Languages

6 credits of scriptural languages (Sanskrit, Tamil or Tibetan) chosen in consultation with the program adviser.

RELG 257D1 (3) Introductory Sanskrit
RELG 257D2 (3) Introductory Sanskrit
RELG 264 (3) Introductory Tibetan 1
RELG 265 (3) Introductory Tibetan 2
RELG 266 (3) Introductory Tamil 1
RELG 267 (3) Introductory Tamil 2
RELG 357D1 (3) Sanskrit 2
RELG 357D2 (3) Sanskrit 2
RELG 364 (3) Intermediate Tibetan 1
RELG 365 (3) Intermediate Tibetan 2
RELG 457D1 (3) Advanced Sanskrit
RELG 457D2 (3) Advanced Sanskrit
RELG 464 (3) Advanced Tibetan 1
RELG 465 (3) Advanced Tibetan 2

Religion and Culture

9 credits selected from:

RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 270 (3) Religious Ethics and the Environment
RELG 271 (3) Sexual Ethics
RELG 338 (3) Women and the Christian Tradition
RELG 339 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Buddhism
RELG 340 (3) Religion and the Sciences
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 345 (3) Religion and the Arts 1
RELG 347 (3) Topics in Religion and the Arts
RELG 355 (3) Religion and the Arts 2
RELG 361 (3) Religious Behaviour
RELG 370 (3) Religion and Human Rights
RELG 371 (3) Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence
RELG 373 (3) Topics in Christian Ethics
RELG 375 (3) Religion and Society
RELG 376 (3) Religious Ethics
RELG 377 (3) Religious Controversies

Approved Courses from Other Departments

12 credits of Approved Courses from Other Departments, of which at least 6 credits must be related to Western Religions.

This list is NOT comprehensive. Students may take approved related courses in other departments of the Faculty of Arts, such as Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English, History, Italian Studies, Philosophy, and Sociology selected in consultation with the program adviser.

EAST 354 (3) Taoist and Buddhist Apocalypses
EAST 551 (3) Technologies of Self in Early China
ISLA 410 (3) History: Middle-East 1798-1918
ISLA 411 (3) History: Middle-East 1918-1945
ISLA 505 (3) Islam: Origin and Early Development
ISLA 510D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 510D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 511D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 531D1 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
ISLA 531D2 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 252 (3) Interdisciplinary Lectures
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2

The following approved courses offered by Jewish Studies require a reading knowledge of Hebrew:

JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 345 (3) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 573 (3) History of Hebrew Bible Text

Asian Religions

21 credits chosen from the list below, 3 credits of which must be a 500-level research seminar.

EAST 354 (3) Taoist and Buddhist Apocalypses
RELG 337 (3) Themes in Buddhist Studies
RELG 339 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Buddhism
RELG 342 (3) Theravada Buddhist Literature
RELG 344 (3) Mahayana Buddhism
RELG 348 (3) Classical Hinduism
RELG 350 (3) Bhakti Hinduism
RELG 352 (3) Japanese Religions
RELG 354 (3) Chinese Religions
RELG 356 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Hinduism
RELG 369 (3) Tibetan Buddhism
RELG 372 (3) Hindu Goddesses
RELG 442 (3) Pure Land Buddhism
RELG 451 (3) Zen: Maxims and Methods
RELG 452 (3) East Asian Buddhism
RELG 453 (3) Vajrayana Buddhism
RELG 454 (3) Modern Hindu Thought
RELG 545 (3) Ramayana: Multiple Lives
RELG 546 (3) Indian Philosophy
RELG 547 (3) Special Topics in Hinduism
RELG 548 (3) Indian Buddhist Philosophy
RELG 549 (3) Japanese Buddhist Philosophy
RELG 551 (3) Special Topics in Buddhism
RELG 552 (3) Advaita Vedanta
RELG 553 (3) Religions of South India 1
RELG 554 (3) Religions of South India 2
RELG 556 (3) Issues in Buddhist Studies
RELG 560 (3) Buddhist Poetry
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Religious Studies - Western Religions (60 credits)

The Honours Religious Studies offers a degree of analysis and concentration beyond that of the Major program through coursework, intensive research and discussion with peer groups.

There are no prerequisites for entry to the program. Students must, however, maintain a program GPA and a CGPA of 3.00 (or 3.50 for First Class Honours).

While gaining general knowledge of the study of religion, students also develop more concentrated expertise in either the Western Religions or Asian Religions option.

The requirements set out below pertain to the Western Religions option.

Required Courses

RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion
RELG 555 (3) Honours Seminar

Complementary Courses (51 credits)

51 credits selected with the following specifications:

3 credits introductory courses on Asian Religious Traditions

6 credits of Scriptural Languages related to Western religious traditions (selected in consultation with the program adviser)

9 credits of courses on Religion and Culture

12 credits from the list of Approved Courses from Other Departments, of which at least 6 credits must be related to Asian Religions

21 credits chosen from courses on Western Religions, of which 3 credits must be a 500-level research seminar

Introductory - Asian Religious Traditions

3 credits from:

RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia

Western Religions - Scriptural Languages

6 credits of scriptural languages (Biblical Greek or Biblical Hebrew) chosen in consultation with the program adviser.

JWST 327 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 328 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 329 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
RELG 280D1 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 280D2 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 381 (3) Advanced New Testament Greek
RELG 390D1 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 390D2 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 482 (3) Exegesis of Greek New Testament
RELG 491 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 492 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 583 (3) Hellenistic Religious Texts

Religion and Culture

9 credits selected from:

RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 270 (3) Religious Ethics and the Environment
RELG 271 (3) Sexual Ethics
RELG 338 (3) Women and the Christian Tradition
RELG 339 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Buddhism
RELG 340 (3) Religion and the Sciences
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 345 (3) Religion and the Arts 1
RELG 347 (3) Topics in Religion and the Arts
RELG 355 (3) Religion and the Arts 2
RELG 356 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Hinduism
RELG 361 (3) Religious Behaviour
RELG 370 (3) Religion and Human Rights
RELG 371 (3) Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence
RELG 373 (3) Topics in Christian Ethics
RELG 375 (3) Religion and Society
RELG 376 (3) Religious Ethics
RELG 377 (3) Religious Controversies

Approved Courses from Other Departments

12 credits of Approved Courses from Other Departments, of which at least 6 credits must be related to Asian Religions.

This list is NOT comprehensive. Students may take approved related courses in other departments of the Faculty of Arts, such as Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English, History, Italian Studies, Philosophy, and Sociology selected in consultation with the program adviser.

EAST 354 (3) Taoist and Buddhist Apocalypses
EAST 551 (3) Technologies of Self in Early China
ISLA 410 (3) History: Middle-East 1798-1918
ISLA 411 (3) History: Middle-East 1918-1945
ISLA 505 (3) Islam: Origin and Early Development
ISLA 510D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 510D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 511D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 531D1 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
ISLA 531D2 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 252 (3) Interdisciplinary Lectures
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2

The following approved courses offered by Jewish Studies require a reading knowledge of Hebrew:

JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 345 (3) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 573 (3) History of Hebrew Bible Text

Western Religions

21 credits chosen from the list below, 3 credits of which must be a 500-level research seminar.

JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
RELG 201 (3) Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELG 202 (3) Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 300 (3) Second Temple Judaism
RELG 301 (3) Jewish Thought 200 B.C.E - 200 C.E
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 306 (3) Rabbinic Judaism
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations
RELG 308 (3) Ancient Bible Translations
RELG 311 (3) New Testament Studies 1
RELG 312 (3) New Testament Studies 2
RELG 313 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 1
RELG 314 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 2
RELG 322 (3) The Church in History 1
RELG 323 (3) The Church in History 2
RELG 326 (3) Ancient Christian Church AD54 - AD604
RELG 334 (3) The Christian Faith
RELG 336 (3) Contemporary Theological Issues
RELG 379 (3) Eastern Orthodox Christianity
RELG 381 (3) Advanced New Testament Greek
RELG 399 (3) Christian Spirituality
RELG 407 (3) The Writings
RELG 408 (3) The Prophets
RELG 423 (3) Reformation Thought
RELG 438 (3) Topics in Jewish Theology
RELG 482 (3) Exegesis of Greek New Testament
RELG 491 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 492 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 502 (3) Greco-Roman Judaism
RELG 532 (3) History of Christian Thought 1
RELG 533 (3) History of Christian Thought 2
RELG 583 (3) Hellenistic Religious Texts
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Religious Studies - Asian Religions (36 credits)

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours Program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs." 

Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable).

Students in Joint Honours must maintain a program GPA and a CGPA of 3.00 (3.50 for First Class Honours) and attain a B- or higher in each program course. No overlap is allowed between the courses forming each segment of the Joint Honours program.

Students in Joint Honours Component Religious Studies choose either the Western Religions or Asian Religions option.

It is possible for students following either the Western Religions or the Asian Religions option of the Joint Honours Component Religious Studies to combine their program with the Joint Honours Component Philosophy and Western Religions as the Religious Studies program broadens the material included in the Philosophy and Western Religions program.

The requirements set out below pertain to the Asian Religions option.

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

36 credits selected with the following specifications:

3 credits from Introductory Courses

3 credits from Advanced Courses

9 credits from Two Groups (Asian Religious Traditions, History and Philosophy) with at least 3 credits from each group

6 credits in Religion and Culture courses

15 credits, selected in consultation with an adviser, from Religious Studies (RELG) courses (or Approved Related Courses in Other Departments) at the 300-level or above, of which 9 credits must be at the 400-level or above

Introductory Courses

3 credits from:

RELG 202 (3) Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Advanced Courses

3 credits from:

RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion
RELG 555 (3) Honours Seminar

Two Groups

9 credits selected from two groups with at least 3 credits from each group:

Asian Religious Traditions

RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia
RELG 254 (3) Introduction to Sikhism
RELG 352 (3) Japanese Religions
RELG 354 (3) Chinese Religions

History and Philosophy

RELG 342 (3) Theravada Buddhist Literature
RELG 344 (3) Mahayana Buddhism
RELG 348 (3) Classical Hinduism
RELG 350 (3) Bhakti Hinduism
RELG 369 (3) Tibetan Buddhism

Religion and Culture

6 credits from:

RELG 270 (3) Religious Ethics and the Environment
RELG 271 (3) Sexual Ethics
RELG 337 (3) Themes in Buddhist Studies
RELG 339 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Buddhism
RELG 340 (3) Religion and the Sciences
RELG 346 (3) Myth and Symbol in Hindu and Buddhist Art
RELG 353 (3) Gandhi: His Life and Thought
RELG 356 (3) Gender & Sexuality in Hinduism
RELG 363 (3) Religion and the Arts in India
RELG 371 (3) Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence
RELG 372 (3) Hindu Goddesses
RELG 375 (3) Religion and Society

Religious Studies (RELG)

15 credits, selected in consultation with the program adviser, from Religious Studies (RELG) courses at the 300-level or above, of which 9 credits must be at the 400-level or above.

A maximum of 6 credits from other departments may be used toward this requirement (see list below).

Approved Related Courses in Other Departments

The list below is NOT comprehensive. Students may take approved related courses in other departments of the Faculty of Arts, such as Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English, History, Italian Studies, Philosophy, and Sociology selected in consultation with the program adviser.

EAST 354 (3) Taoist and Buddhist Apocalypses
EAST 551 (3) Technologies of Self in Early China
ISLA 410 (3) History: Middle-East 1798-1918
ISLA 411 (3) History: Middle-East 1918-1945
ISLA 505 (3) Islam: Origin and Early Development
ISLA 510D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 510D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 511D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 531D1 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
ISLA 531D2 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 252 (3) Interdisciplinary Lectures
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2

The following approved courses offered by Jewish Studies require a reading knowledge of Hebrew:

JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 345 (3) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 573 (3) History of Hebrew Bible Text
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Religious Studies - Western Religions (36 credits)

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours Program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs." 

Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable).

Students in Joint Honours must maintain a program GPA and a CGPA of 3.00 (3.50 for First Class Honours) and attain a B- or higher in each program course. No overlap is allowed between the courses forming each segment of the Joint Honours program.

Students in Joint Honours Component Religious Studies choose either the Western Religions or Asian Religions option.

It is possible for students following either the Western Religions or the Asian Religions option of the Joint Honours Component Religious Studies to combine their program with the Joint Honours Component Philosophy and Western Religions as the Religious Studies program broadens the material included in the Philosophy and Western Religions program.

The requirements set out below pertain to the Western Religions option.

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

36 credits selected with the following specifications:

3 credits from Introductory Courses

3 credits from Advanced Courses

9 credits from Two Groups (Sources of Western Religious Traditions, History and Theology of the Christian Tradition) with at least 3 credits from each group

6 credits in Religion and Culture courses

15 credits, selected in consultation with an adviser, from Religious Studies (RELG) courses (or Approved Related Courses in Other Departments) at the 300-level or above, of which 9 credits must be at the 400-level or above

Introductory Courses

3 credits from:

RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia

Advanced Courses

3 credits from:

RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion
RELG 555 (3) Honours Seminar

Two Groups

9 credits selected from two groups with at least 3 credits from each group:

Sources of Western Religious Traditions

RELG 201 (3) Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELG 202 (3) Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 311 (3) New Testament Studies 1
RELG 312 (3) New Testament Studies 2

History and Theology of the Christian Tradition

RELG 322 (3) The Church in History 1
RELG 323 (3) The Church in History 2
RELG 326 (3) Ancient Christian Church AD54 - AD604
RELG 334 (3) The Christian Faith
RELG 532 (3) History of Christian Thought 1
RELG 533 (3) History of Christian Thought 2

Religion and Culture

6 credits from:

RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 271 (3) Sexual Ethics
RELG 338 (3) Women and the Christian Tradition
RELG 340 (3) Religion and the Sciences
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 347 (3) Topics in Religion and the Arts
RELG 361 (3) Religious Behaviour
RELG 370 (3) Religion and Human Rights
RELG 371 (3) Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence
RELG 375 (3) Religion and Society
RELG 376 (3) Religious Ethics
RELG 377 (3) Religious Controversies

Religious Studies (RELG)

15 credits, selected in consultation with the program adviser, from Religious Studies (RELG) courses at the 300-level or above, of which 9 credits must be at the 400-level or above.

A maximum of 6 credits from other departments may be used toward this requirement (see list below).

Approved Related Courses in Other Departments

The list below is NOT comprehensive. Students may take approved related courses in other departments of the Faculty of Arts, such as Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English, History, Italian Studies, Philosophy, and Sociology selected in consultation with the program adviser.

EAST 354 (3) Taoist and Buddhist Apocalypses
EAST 551 (3) Technologies of Self in Early China
ISLA 410 (3) History: Middle-East 1798-1918
ISLA 411 (3) History: Middle-East 1918-1945
ISLA 505 (3) Islam: Origin and Early Development
ISLA 510D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 510D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Classical
ISLA 511D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 531D1 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
ISLA 531D2 (3) Survey Development of Islamic Thought
JWST 211 (3) Jewish Studies 1: Biblical Period
JWST 252 (3) Interdisciplinary Lectures
JWST 316 (3) Social and Ethical Issues Jewish Law 1
JWST 359 (3) Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2

The following approved courses offered by Jewish Studies require a reading knowledge of Hebrew:

JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 345 (3) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
JWST 535 (3) Exegetic Midrash
JWST 543 (3) Maimonides as Parshan
JWST 550 (3) The Bible in Hebrew Literature
JWST 556 (3) Modern Parshanut 1
JWST 573 (3) History of Hebrew Bible Text
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)