Religious Studies (120 credits)

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Offered by: Religious Studies     Degree: Bachelor of Theology

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) degree requires 120 credits. Many students enter the program with advanced standing, and their credit requirement for the degree is adjusted accordingly.

All students should discuss their course selection with their program adviser.

The required and complementary course requirements below describe the program for students who enter in Year 1 (U1) with 30 credits of advanced standing based on a Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies (D.E.C.).

Students admitted directly from high school into U0 should consult their program adviser regarding appropriate courses for their first year of study.

Students admitted on the basis of a bachelor degree will have advanced standing and should consult their program adviser to determine any course equivalencies completed during their first degree and how these affect their program requirements for the Bachelor of Theology. Normally, these students start in Year 2 (U2) and follow the requirements below starting with Year 2.

The normal course load in the degree for full-time students is 15 credits per term, five 3-credit courses.

By permission of the Dean and the Chair of the B.Th. Committee, students may also enrol for courses at any university in the province of Quebec. For further information, see "Quebec Inter-University Transfer Agreement: McGill Students" in the "University Regulations and Information" section under "Registration".

Professional and vocational courses (e.g., leading to ordination) are available through the In-Ministry Year (Master of Divinity (M.Div.)) upon the completion of the B.Th. degree.

First Year (U0) - Courses (30 credits)

Courses are to be selected in consultation with the student's program adviser for students admitted from high school into U0.

Year 1 (U1) - Required Courses (9 credits)

Students admitted to U1 on the basis of a Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies (D.E.C.) will take these required courses in their first year.

Students admitted to the B.Th. on the basis of a bachelor degree should consult their program adviser about their first year requirements, if any. By permission of the B.Th. Committee, students may substitute courses for any of the required courses if they have already taken them or similar courses for credit elsewhere.

Year 1 (U1) - Elective Courses (21 credits)

To be determined in consultation with the B.Th. program adviser.

Year 2 (U2) - Required Courses (24 credits)

Students entering the B.Th. as a second degree program would normally take 60 credits and begin with Year 2 (U2) courses. These students should verify with their program adviser regarding course substitutions if they have completed similar courses elsewhere.

Year 2 (U2) - Complementary Courses (6 credits)

To be chosen from among the 300- or 400-level courses offered in the B.Th. or B.A. Religious Studies programs (or RELG 280D1/-RELG 280D2) in consultation with the B.Th. program adviser.

  • RELG 280D1 Elementary New Testament Greek (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the grammar and syntax of New Testament Greek.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Ian H Henderson, Sean Ross (Fall)

    • Students must register for both RELG 280D1 and RELG 280D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both RELG 280D1 and RELG 280D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • RELG 280D1 and RELG 280D2 together are equivalent to RELG 280
  • RELG 280D2 Elementary New Testament Greek (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : See RELG 280D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Ian H Henderson, Sean Ross (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: RELG 280D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both RELG 280D1 and RELG 280D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • RELG 280D1 and RELG 280D2 together are equivalent to RELG 280

Year 3 (U3) - Required Courses (12 credits)

* Note: RELG 420 may be replaced with another course if recommended by the program adviser.

Year 3 (U3) - Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits selected as follows:

One 3-credit course in a religious tradition other than Christianity, such as the courses listed below.

Students who have previously completed a university-level course in world religions may replace this with another complementary course.

  • ISLA 380 Islamic Philosophy and Theology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : A survey of the most important philosophers and theologians in Islamic intellectual history, with a focus on the theories they articulated and the movements they engendered. The impact of European thought on 19th and 20th century Islamic intellectual history is also examined.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Reza Pourjavady, Bilal Ibrahim (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to U0 or U1 students.
    • Note: Reading and discussion in English.
  • RELG 252 Hinduism and Buddhism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Administered by: Faculty of Arts

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The interaction of Hinduism and Buddhism in India with special reference to the law of Karma, caste, women, ritual, death, yoga, and liberation. Determination of interpretative principles for understanding the religious psychology of Hindus and Buddhists.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Lara E Braitstein, Shital Sharma (Fall)

    • Fall
  • RELG 253 Religions of East Asia (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Administered by: Faculty of Arts

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Harmony with nature, society, and cosmos to be explored through the religions of the Far East (Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Shinto).

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: G Hori (Winter)

    • Winter
  • RELG 306 Rabbinic Judaism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Administered by: Faculty of Arts

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The beliefs, practices and religious institutions of the Jews from ancient times to the present.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: RELG 202 or RELG 204 or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RELG 206
  • RELG 352 Japanese Religions (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Administered by: Faculty of Arts

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of early Shinto mythology, Shinto-Buddhist syncretism, Neo-Confucianism and its influence upon the resurgence of Shinto during the Tokugawa period, folk religion and the New Religions.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: G Hori (Winter)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: RELG 253 or permission of instructor
  • RELG 354 Chinese Religions (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Administered by: Faculty of Arts

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This course studies the Confucian classics, philosophical and religious Taoism, and Neo-Confucianism and also examines the syncresis between the Chinese religions and Indian Buddhism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

9 credits, one 3-credit course in each of the following areas:

Old Testament

3 credits from:

  • RELG 407 The Writings (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of Job with some attention to Proverbs and Ecclesiastes (in English translation).

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Patricia Kirkpatrick (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: RELG 202, or RELG 302 and RELG 303, or equivalent
  • RELG 408 The Prophets (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of significant texts selected from the prophetic tradition in the Old Testament.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: RELG 202, or RELG 302 and RELG 303

New Testament

3 credits from:

Christian Theology

3 credits from:

  • RELG 330 Reformed Theology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Selected topics illustrating the Reformers' theological agenda, with special reference to Luther, Zwingli and Calvin.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall
  • RELG 336 Contemporary Theological Issues (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Winter and Summer
    • Prerequisite: RELG 320 or RELG 338 or permission of instructor
  • RELG 399 Christian Spirituality (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Seminar exploring the phenomena of internal religious experience in their relation to received formularies of Christian thought and practice.

    Terms: Summer 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Summer
  • RELG 423 Reformation Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An examination of issues and persons in Europe and the British Isles that contributed to ecclesiastical and social change during the 16th and early 17th centuries.

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: W J Torrance Kirby (Fall)

6 credits, to be chosen from among the 300- or 400-level courses offered in the B.Th. or B.A. Religious Studies programs (or RELG 280D1/ RELG 280D2) in consultation with the B.Th. program adviser.

Faculty of Religious Studies—2010-2011 (last updated Nov. 3, 2010) (disclaimer)