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Faculty of Religious Studies

Religious Studies at McGill University

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. Religious Studies also has a longstanding affiliation with the Montreal School of Theology.'

In 2013 a landmark  gift from the Barbara and Patrick Keenan Foundation launched a series of major new developments including the establishment of the Keenan Chair in Interfaith Studies and a new flagship course "World Religions and the Cultures They Create" (RELG 208). The gift also funds a number of major fellowships and internships to provide formation and support for graduate and undergraduate students.

Message from the Interim Dean

In July 2015 the Religious Studies Faculty Council approved a memorandum of agreement outlining terms for the transition to a school. This was one step toward establishment of a school of religious studies in the Faculty of Arts. The transition from faculty to school will require further steps with key institutional stakeholders.

The evolution of modern global societies underscores the critical importance of understanding religions, their complex identities and histories, and their manifold interactions with differentiated social and political spheres of diverse cultures. The goal of the proposed transition to a school of religious studies is to strengthen and enhance research, teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration in this important field.

This year we are also delighted to welcome a number of new and visiting faculty members and researchers. Professor Samuel Nelson holds a three-year appointment with religious studies. Professor André van der Braak has been chosen as this year’s Numata Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies (2015-16). Professor Chen Yingjie is a Visiting CREOR fellow from Zhejiang Normal University.

Daniel Cere