Religious Studies (RELG)

Religious Studies (RELG)

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Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2022-2023 (last updated Feb. 7, 2022) (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.

Complementary Credits

18 credits with no more than 9 credits at the 200 level.

3 - 6 credits from:

RELG 309 (3) World Religions and Cultures They Create
RELG 331 (3) Religion and Globalization

Religious Traditions

3 - 6 credits from:

ISLA 200 (3) Islamic Civilization
ISLA 210 (3) Muslim Societies
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 207 (3) Introduction to the Study of Religions
RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia
RELG 334 (3) Theology of History
RELG 348 (3) Classical Hinduism
RELG 387 (3) Introduction to Jainism
RELG 388 (3) Introduction to Sikhism

Themes in Religion, Culture, and Globalization

9 credits from:

ISLA 310 (3) Women in Islam
RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 270 (3) Religious Ethics and the Environment
RELG 271 (3) Religion and Sexuality
RELG 315 (3) Special Topics in Religion 1
RELG 317 (3) Special Topics in Religion 2
RELG 318 (3) Special Topics in Religion 3
RELG 319 (3) Special Topics in Religion 4
RELG 326 (3) Christians in the Roman World
RELG 332 (3) Conversations Across World Religions
RELG 339 ()  
RELG 340 (3) Religion and the Sciences
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 353 (3) Gandhi: His Life and Thought
RELG 354 (3) Chinese Religions
RELG 356 (3) Gender and Sexuality in Hinduism
RELG 358 (3) Religion and Cinema in India
RELG 366 (3) Rivers, Religion, and Environment in South Asia
RELG 370 (3) Religion and Human Rights
RELG 371 (3) Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence
RELG 375 (3) Religion, Politics and Society
RELG 376 (3) Religious Ethics
RELG 378 (3) Pilgrimage, Heritage, and Tourism
RELG 380 (3) Religion, Philosophy, Modernity
RELG 444 (3) Indian Ocean Religious Networks
RELG 451 (3) Zen Buddhism: Poetry and Art
RELG 454 (3) Modern Hindu Thought
RELG 455 (3) Religion and the Performing Arts in South India
RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion
RELG 479 (3) Christianity in Global Perspective
RELG 544 (3) Ethnography as Method in Religious Studies
RELG 547 (3) Special Topics in Hinduism
RELG 554 (3) Religions of South Asia
RELG 555 (3) Honours Seminar
RELG 559 (3) Caste and Dalits: Historical and Political Perspectives
RELG 571 (3) Ethics, Medicine and Religion
RELG 572 (3) Religion and Global Politics
RELG 573 (3) Religions in Global Society
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2022-2023 (last updated Mar. 8, 2022) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Religious Studies - Asian Religions (36 credits)

** This option is no longer offered. Please contact the School of Religious Studies about the Joint Honours in Religious Studies.**

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 their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable).

Students in Joint Honours must maintain a program GPA and a CGPA of 3.00 (3.50 for First Class Honours) and attain a B- or higher in each program course. No overlap is allowed between the courses forming each segment of the Joint Honours program.

Students in Joint Honours Component Religious Studies choose either the Western Religions or Asian Religions option.

It is possible for students following either the Western Religions or the Asian Religions option of the Joint Honours Component Religious Studies to combine their program with the Joint Honours Component Philosophy and Western Religions as the Religious Studies program broadens the material included in the Philosophy and Western Religions program.

The requirements set out below pertain to the Asian Religions option.

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

36 credits selected with the following specifications:

3-6 credits from Core Courses on Religions of Asia

3 credits from Introductory Courses on Western Religions

3 credits from Advanced Theory Courses

9-12 credits from Themes in Religion, Culture and Globalization

15 credits from Religions of Asia

3-6 credits from Core Courses on Religions of Asia:

RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia

3 credits from Introductory Courses on Western Religions:

RELG 201 (3) Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELG 202 (3) Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth

3 credits from Advanced Theory Courses:

RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion
RELG 555 (3) Honours Seminar

9-12 credits from Themes in Religion, Culture, and Globalization:

RELG 207 (3) Introduction to the Study of Religions
RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 270 (3) Religious Ethics and the Environment
RELG 271 (3) Religion and Sexuality
RELG 309 (3) World Religions and Cultures They Create
RELG 315 (3) Special Topics in Religion 1
RELG 317 (3) Special Topics in Religion 2
RELG 318 (3) Special Topics in Religion 3
RELG 319 (3) Special Topics in Religion 4
RELG 331 (3) Religion and Globalization
RELG 332 (3) Conversations Across World Religions
RELG 340 (3) Religion and the Sciences
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 345 (3) Religion and the Arts 1
RELG 347 (3) Topics in Religion and the Arts
RELG 353 (3) Gandhi: His Life and Thought
RELG 355 (3) Religion and the Arts 2
RELG 358 (3) Religion and Cinema in India
RELG 361 (3) Religious Behaviour
RELG 366 (3) Rivers, Religion, and Environment in South Asia
RELG 370 (3) Religion and Human Rights
RELG 371 (3) Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence
RELG 375 (3) Religion, Politics and Society
RELG 376 (3) Religious Ethics
RELG 377 ()  
RELG 378 (3) Pilgrimage, Heritage, and Tourism
RELG 440 (3) Global Islam
RELG 444 (3) Indian Ocean Religious Networks
RELG 479 (3) Christianity in Global Perspective
RELG 544 (3) Ethnography as Method in Religious Studies
RELG 571 (3) Ethics, Medicine and Religion
RELG 572 (3) Religion and Global Politics
RELG 573 (3) Religions in Global Society

15 credits from Religions of Asia:

RELG 254 (3) Introduction to Yoga Traditions
RELG 337 (3) Themes in Buddhist Studies
RELG 339 ()  
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 356 (3) Gender and Sexuality in Hinduism
RELG 369 (3) Tibetan Buddhism
RELG 372 (3) Hindu Goddesses
RELG 387 (3) Introduction to Jainism
RELG 388 (3) Introduction to Sikhism
RELG 442 (3) Pure Land Buddhism
RELG 451 (3) Zen Buddhism: Poetry and Art
RELG 452 (3) East Asian Buddhism
RELG 453 (3) Vajrayana Buddhism
RELG 454 (3) Modern Hindu Thought
RELG 455 (3) Religion and the Performing Arts in South India
RELG 545 (3) Ramayana: Multiple Lives
RELG 546 (3) Indian Philosophy
RELG 547 (3) Special Topics in Hinduism
RELG 548 (3) Indian Buddhist Philosophy
RELG 549 (3) Japanese Buddhism in Historical Context
RELG 551 (3) Special Topics in Buddhism
RELG 552 (3) Advaita Vedanta
RELG 553 (3) Religions of South India 1
RELG 554 (3) Religions of South Asia
RELG 556 (3) Issues in Buddhist Studies
RELG 558 (3) Indian Tantric Traditions
RELG 559 (3) Caste and Dalits: Historical and Political Perspectives
RELG 560 (3) Buddhist Poetry

Courses Offered by Other Units

Up to 6 credits of courses from other units may be chosen by Joint Honours students with prior approval from the Religious Studies Honours program adviser.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2022-2023 (last updated Mar. 8, 2022) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Religious Studies - Western Religions (36 credits)

** This option is no longer offered. Please contact the School of Religious Studies about the Joint Honours in Religious Studies.**

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 their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable).

Students in Joint Honours must maintain a program GPA and a CGPA of 3.00 (3.50 for First Class Honours) and attain a B- or higher in each program course. No overlap is allowed between the courses forming each segment of the Joint Honours program.

Students in Joint Honours Component Religious Studies choose either the Western Religions or Asian Religions option.

It is possible for students following either the Western Religions or the Asian Religions option of the Joint Honours Component Religious Studies to combine their program with the Joint Honours Component Philosophy and Western Religions as the Religious Studies program broadens the material included in the Philosophy and Western Religions program.

The requirements set out below pertain to the Western Religions option.

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

36 credits selected with the following specifications:

3-6 credits from Core Courses on Western Religions

3 credits from Introductory Courses on Religions of Asia

3 credits from Advanced Theory Courses

9-12 credits from Themes in Religion, Culture, and Globalization

15 credits from Western Religions

3 - 6 credits from Core Courses on Western Religions:

RELG 201 (3) Religions of the Ancient Near East
RELG 202 (3) Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 203 (3) Bible and Western Culture
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 210 (3) Jesus of Nazareth

3 credits from Introductory Courses on Religions of Asia:

RELG 252 (3) Hinduism and Buddhism
RELG 253 (3) Religions of East Asia
RELG 254 (3) Introduction to Yoga Traditions
RELG 387 (3) Introduction to Jainism

3 credits from Advanced Theory Courses:

RELG 456 (3) Theories of Religion
RELG 555 (3) Honours Seminar

9 - 12 credits from Themes in Religion, Culture, and Globalization:

RELG 207 (3) Introduction to the Study of Religions
RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 270 (3) Religious Ethics and the Environment
RELG 271 (3) Religion and Sexuality
RELG 309 (3) World Religions and Cultures They Create
RELG 315 (3) Special Topics in Religion 1
RELG 317 (3) Special Topics in Religion 2
RELG 318 (3) Special Topics in Religion 3
RELG 319 (3) Special Topics in Religion 4
RELG 331 (3) Religion and Globalization
RELG 332 (3) Conversations Across World Religions
RELG 340 (3) Religion and the Sciences
RELG 341 (3) Introduction: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 347 (3) Topics in Religion and the Arts
RELG 361 (3) Religious Behaviour
RELG 370 (3) Religion and Human Rights
RELG 371 (3) Ethics of Violence/Non-Violence
RELG 375 (3) Religion, Politics and Society
RELG 376 (3) Religious Ethics
RELG 377 ()  
RELG 479 (3) Christianity in Global Perspective
RELG 544 (3) Ethnography as Method in Religious Studies
RELG 571 (3) Ethics, Medicine and Religion
RELG 572 (3) Religion and Global Politics
RELG 573 (3) Religions in Global Society

15 credits from Western Religions:

RELG 300 (3) Second Temple Judaism
RELG 302 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 (3) Literature of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran and Interpretations
RELG 308 (3) Ancient Bible Translations
RELG 310 (3) Canadian Church History
RELG 311 (3) Formation of the New Testament
RELG 312 (3) The Gospels
RELG 313 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 1
RELG 314 (3) Topics in Biblical Studies 2
RELG 322 (3) Church and Empire to 1300
RELG 323 (3) Church and State since 1300
RELG 324 ()  
RELG 325 (3) Varieties Religious Experience in Christianity
RELG 326 (3) Christians in the Roman World
RELG 333 (3) Principles of Theology
RELG 334 (3) Theology of History
RELG 336 (3) Contemporary Theological Issues
RELG 338 (3) Women and the Christian Tradition
RELG 373 (3) Christian Ethics of Love
RELG 379 (3) Eastern Orthodox Christianity
RELG 380 (3) Religion, Philosophy, Modernity
RELG 399 (3) Christian Spirituality
RELG 407 (3) The Writings
RELG 408 (3) The Prophets
RELG 423 (3) Reformation Thought
RELG 434 (3) Advanced Theology
RELG 470 (3) Theological Ethics
RELG 502 (3) Greco-Roman Judaism
RELG 532 (3) History of Christian Thought 1
RELG 533 (3) History of Christian Thought 2

Courses Offered by Other Units

Up to 6 credits of courses from other units may be chosen by Joint Hounours students with prior approval from the Religious Studies Honours program adviser.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2022-2023 (last updated Mar. 8, 2022) (disclaimer)
Bachelor of Arts & Science—2022-2023 (last updated Feb. 7, 2022) (disclaimer)
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