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Faculty of Religious Studies

  • Steeped in history

    The Faculty takes pride in calling the William and Henry Birks Building its home. In addition to classrooms, offices, and common rooms, the building also accommodates the Birks Heritage Chapel and Reading Room.

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  • Learn from the best

    McGill’s reputation as a leading centre for religious studies is enhanced by the Faculty’s team of world-class scholars—experts in world religions and cultures and their impact on social, political, educational, and health issues.

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  • Religion and the world

    The Faculty of Religious Studies sponsors numerous special events and public lectures - covering everything from the relationship between faith and society to the questions atheism can't answer.

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  • All are welcome

    McGill's beautiful Birks Chapel is open to all members of the McGill community - regardless of faith. In addition to regular services, the chapel can be booked for weddings, baptisms and memorial services.

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  • Putting it in print

    Every year, the Faculty publishes two Journals - ARC and Canons - showcasing the most compelling and innovative work produced by both staff and students.

    Read the Journals and/or submit a paper!
  • Refuge and resource

    The Birks Reading Room contains over 20,000 monographs, and provides students with a peaceful place to study.

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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, and is affiliated with the Montreal Diocesan Theological College of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Presbyterian College Montreal, and the United Theological College of the United Church of Canada. Each of these colleges is located close to campus.