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Religious Studies (RELG)

Religious Studies (RELG)

Location

Location

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

Religious Studies Programs in Arts

Religious Studies Programs in Arts

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 a 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 B.A. concentrations, highlighting the importance of the rigorous study of religion to many other areas of inquiry. These programs are administered by the Faculty of Arts and the general rules, regulations, and requirements of that Faculty apply to them.

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.

B.A. 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 B.A. programs in the Faculty of Religious Studies must apply to the Faculty of Arts through the Applying to McGill website. Admission to the B.A. program is granted according to criteria established by the Faculty of Arts.

Prospective students seeking advice should contact an adviser from the Faculty of Religious Studies.

Students interested in theology programs can find more information in the eCalendar under Faculties & Schools > Faculty of Religious Studies > Undergraduate > Overview of Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) and 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
Ian Henderson (Acting)
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)
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) (In memoriam)
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 appt. with Department of Philosophy)
Garth Green; B.A.(Ariz.), M.A.(Boston), M.A.(Leuven), Ph.D.(Boston)
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 Professors
Jim Kanaris; B.A.(C’dia), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.) (Philosophy of Religion)
Andrea M. Pinkney; B.A,(McG.), M.A.(Hawaii at Manoa), Ph.D.(Col.) (South Asian Religions)
Numata Visiting Professor
Burkhard Scherer; M.A.(Münster), Ph.D.(Groningen)
Adjunct Professors
Barbara Galli; B.A.(Car.), M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McG.)
George Di Giovanni; Ph.D.(Tor.)
Hilliard Todd Goldfarb; A.B.(Bowdoin), A.M.(Harv.), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Alyson Huntly; Dip.Min.(Centre for Christian Studies, Winnipeg), M.T.S.(St. And., Saskatoon), Ph.D.(Qu.)
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.)
Anne Leahy; M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(New Br.)
Lucille Marr; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Wat.)
Susan Palmer; B.A.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(C'dia)
Angelica Piché; B.A.(Saarbrucken), M.Th.(Ludwig-Maximillian)
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)
David Williams; B.A.(Boston), M.A., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Dale Woods; B.A.(Alta.), M.C.S.(Regent), M.Div.(Vancouver School of Theology), D.Min.(Luther Seminary)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Religion and Globalization (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration in Religion and Globalization offers students a comparative and historical exploration of the ways in which the world's religions are shaping 9and are shaped by) the social, political, and economic dynamics of globalization, modernization, secularization, and postcolonialism.

For more information, see Minor Concentration Religion and Globalization (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.) - 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.) - 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.) - 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.) - 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—2014-2015 (last updated Aug. 13, 2014) (disclaimer)