Religious Studies (RELG)

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Religious Studies (RELG)

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Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 22, 2017) (disclaimer)

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 (and 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)

**Currently under review. Program not available for this academic year.**

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 offered in Religious Studies.

Students will choose from one of two streams:

Stream I: Biblical Languages

Stream II: Indo-Tibetan Languages

Stream I - Biblical Languages

18 credits chosen from among courses on Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek.

Biblical Hebrew

* Note: Students with advanced standing in Hebrew may take Aramaic as part of their program.

JWST 327 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 328 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 329 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
RELG 390D1* (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 390D2* (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 491 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 492 (3) Hebrew Texts

Biblical Greek

RELG 280D1 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 280D2 (3) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 381 (3) Advanced New Testament Greek
RELG 482 (3) Exegesis of Greek New Testament
RELG 583 (3) Hellenistic Religious Texts

Stream II - Indo-Tibetan Languages

Sanskrit is the language of classical Indian civilization and is recommended for students interested in gaining access to religious texts, philosophical works, academic treatises on all subjects, and poetry written in classical and medieval India.

Classical Tibetan is one of the main scriptural languages of Buddhism. Many texts originally composed in Sanskrit are only extant in their Tibetan translations, and a vast body of philosophical, devotional, poetic and academic works composed in Classical Tibetan is only accessible to one who has a firm grasp of the language.

Tamil is a language spoken by over 75,000,000 people around the world. It is an ancient South Indian language that, unlike Sanskrit, has a vital, living tradition. It has a classical literary canon and yet is also part of the everyday lives of millions of people.

18 credits chosen from among courses on Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Tamil.

Sanskrit

Revision, July 2017. Start of revision.

RELG 257D1 (3) Introductory Sanskrit
RELG 257D2 (3) Introductory Sanskrit
RELG 357D1 (3) Sanskrit 2
RELG 357D2 (3) Sanskrit 2
RELG 457D1 (3) Advanced Sanskrit
RELG 457D2 (3) Advanced Sanskrit

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Tibetan

ISLA 551D1 (3) Introductory Urdu-Hindi
ISLA 551D2 (3) Introductory Urdu-Hindi
RELG 264 (3) Introductory Tibetan 1
RELG 265 (3) Introductory Tibetan 2
RELG 364 (3) Intermediate Tibetan 1
RELG 365 (3) Intermediate Tibetan 2
RELG 464 (3) Advanced Tibetan 1
RELG 465 (3) Advanced Tibetan 2

Tamil

RELG 266 (3) Introductory Tamil 1
RELG 267 (3) Introductory Tamil 2
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 22, 2017) (disclaimer)

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)

**Currently under review. Program not available for this academic year.**

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 least two religious traditions, either in English translation or, if their skills permit, in the original languages.

Required Courses (6 credits)

RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations
RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion

Complementary Courses (30 credits)

30 credits with a minimum of 18 credits selected from one area of specialization and a minimum of 6 credits from a second area.

Areas of Specialization:

(a) Jewish Scriptures and the History of Their Interpretation

(b) Christian Scriptures and the History of Their Interpretation

(c) Hindu and Buddhist Scriptures and the Histories of Their Interpretations

No more than 12 credits may be taken at the 200 level.

(a) Jewish Scriptures and the History of Their Interpretation

JWST 310 (3) Believers, Heretics and Critics
JWST 327 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 328 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 329 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 330 (3) A Book of the Bible
JWST 510 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 1
JWST 511 (3) Jewish Bible Interpretation 2
RELG 201 (3) Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELG 202 (3) Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 300 (3) Second Temple Judaism
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 308 (3) Ancient Bible Translations
RELG 390D1 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 390D2 (3) Elementary Biblical Hebrew
RELG 407 (3) The Writings
RELG 408 (3) The Prophets
RELG 491 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 492 (3) Hebrew Texts
RELG 502 (3) Greco-Roman Judaism

(b) Christian Scriptures and the History of Their Interpretation

RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 280 (6) Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 308 (3) Ancient Bible Translations
RELG 311 (3) New Testament Studies 1
RELG 312 (3) New Testament Studies 2
RELG 313 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 1
RELG 314 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 2
RELG 381 (3) Advanced New Testament Greek
RELG 407 (3) The Writings
RELG 408 (3) The Prophets
RELG 411 (3) New Testament Exegesis
RELG 482 (3) Exegesis of Greek New Testament
RELG 583 (3) Hellenistic Religious Texts

(c) Hindu and Buddhist Scriptures and the Histories of Their Interpretations

Revision, July 2017. Start of revision.

ISLA 551D1 (3) Introductory Urdu-Hindi
ISLA 551D2 (3) Introductory Urdu-Hindi
RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia
RELG 257D1 (3) Introductory Sanskrit
RELG 257D2 (3) Introductory Sanskrit
RELG 264 (3) Introductory Tibetan 1
RELG 265 (3) Introductory Tibetan 2
RELG 266 (3) Introductory Tamil 1
RELG 267 (3) Introductory Tamil 2
RELG 337 (3) Themes in Buddhist Studies
RELG 342 (3) Theravada Buddhist Literature
RELG 344 (3) Mahayana Buddhism
RELG 348 (3) Classical Hinduism
RELG 350 (3) Bhakti Hinduism
RELG 352 (3) Japanese Religions: History and Thought
RELG 354 (3) Chinese Religions
RELG 357D1 (3) Sanskrit 2
RELG 357D2 (3) Sanskrit 2
RELG 364 (3) Intermediate Tibetan 1
RELG 365 (3) Intermediate Tibetan 2
RELG 369 (3) Tibetan Buddhism
RELG 388 (3) Introduction to Sikhism
RELG 442 (3) Pure Land Buddhism
RELG 443 (3) Japanese Esoteric Buddhism
RELG 451 (3) Zen: Maxims and Methods
RELG 452 (3) East Asian Buddhism
RELG 453 (3) Vajrayana Buddhism
RELG 454 (3) Modern Hindu Thought
RELG 457D1 (3) Advanced Sanskrit
RELG 457D2 (3) Advanced Sanskrit
RELG 464 (3) Advanced Tibetan 1
RELG 465 (3) Advanced Tibetan 2
RELG 545 (3) Ramayana: Multiple Lives
RELG 546 (3) Indian Philosophy
RELG 548 (3) Indian Buddhist Philosophy
RELG 552 (3) Advaita Vedanta
RELG 553 (3) Religions of South India 1
RELG 554 (3) Religions of South Asia
RELG 560 (3) Buddhist Poetry

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Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 22, 2017) (disclaimer)

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.) - 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".  ...

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".  ...

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

Bachelor of Arts & Science—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 22, 2017) (disclaimer)