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Religious Studies (RELG)

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 Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Faculty of Religious Studies > Undergraduate > Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) and Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Faculty of Religious Studies > Undergraduate > 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
Emeritus Professors
Gregory B. Baum; B.A.(McM.), M.A.(Ohio), D.Th.(Fribourg)
Maurice Boutin; B.A., B.A., B.A.(Montr.), D.Th.(Munich)
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)
Katherine K. Young; B.A.(Vermont), M.A.(Chic.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Professors
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.(Syrac.), M.T.S., Ph.D.(Harv.) (Henry Birks Professor of Comparative Religion)
Associate Professors
Ellen B. Aitken; A.B.(Harv.), M.Div.(University of the South), Th.D.(Harv.) (Early Christian History and Literature)
Lara Braitstein; B.A., M.A.(McG.) (Indo-Tibetan Buddhism)
Gaëlle Fiasse; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Louvain-le-Neuve) (Ethics and Religious Ethics) (joint appt. with Department of Philosophy)
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)
Devesh Soneji; B.A.(Manit.), Ph.D.(McG.) (South Asian Religion)
Assistant Professor
Daniel Cere; B.A, M.A.(McG.), Ph.D.(C'dia) (Religion, Ethics and Public Policy)
Faculty Lecturer
Jim Kanaris; B.A.(C’dia), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.) (Philosophy of Religion)
Numata Visiting Professor
Jin Park; B.A.(Yonsei), M.A.(Yonsei), M.A.(NYU), Ph.D.(SUNY)
Adjunct Professors
Hillard Todd Goldfarb; A.B.(Bowdoin), A.M.(Harv.), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Paul Jennings; B.A., M.A.(Tor.), B.Th.(McG.)
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.(Princ.), 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 (2012-2013)
Éric Bellavance; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Montr.), Postdoctoral(McG.)
Mark A. DeW. Howe; B.Mus.(Westminster Choir College), M.Mus.(Yale), M.A., Ph.D.(NYU)
Jeffrey Keiser; B.Sc.(Biola), M.T.S.(Harv.), Ph.D. Candidate(McG.)
Lei Kuan Lai; B.A.(University of the West in Rosemead), M.A.(Qu.), Ph.D. Candidate(McG.)
Lucille Marr; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Wat.)
R. Saraswati Sainath; B.Sc., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.(Madras), Ph.D. Candidate (McG.)
Shayna Sheinfeld; B.A.(De Paul), M.T.S.(Harv.), Ph.D. Candidate(McG.)
Shital Sharma; B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. Candidate(McG.)
Manjit Singh; B.A., M.A.(Delhi)
Thomas Troughton; B.A.(C’dia), M.A.(McG.), Ph.D. Candidate(McG.)
Jonathan Waind; B.A.(Briercrest), M.T.S.(Trinity), M.A.(McG.), Ph.D. Candidate (McG.)

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.

For more information, see Minor Concentration World Religions (18 credits).

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 ...

For more information, see Minor Concentration Scriptural Languages (18 credits).

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.

For more information, see Major Concentration World Religions (36 credits).

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 ...

For more information, see Major Concentration Scriptures and Interpretations (36 credits).

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 ...

For more information, see Honours Religious Studies - Asian Religions (60 credits).

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 ...

For more information, see Honours Religious Studies - Western Religions (60 credits).

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 ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component Religious Studies - Asian Religions (36 credits).

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 ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component Religious Studies - Western Religions (36 credits).

Faculty of Arts—2012-2013 (last updated Nov. 5, 2012) (disclaimer)