The Religious Studies Major, accompanied by a Bachelor of Theology, teaches you the academic disciplines of theology while preparing you for ministry in the contemporary world. Emphasis is placed on the Canadian and North American contexts, the Quebec context, and religious pluralism. You will also learn about other faiths and worldviews.
The Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) may be taken as a first or second baccalaureate degree. As a first degree (90 or 120 credits), it offers a more intensive study of Christianity than is available within the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs, while also permitting you to combine this specialization with other academic or professional interests, whether in Religious Studies or in other faculties and schools of the University.
As a second bachelor’s degree (60 credits), the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) program is designed primarily for those who intend to qualify for the ordained ministry in a Christian denomination, although here too, some students pursue the degree out of an interest in the academic study of theology for its own sake, or with a view to combining these studies with proficiency gained in other disciplines. The 60-credit program forms the core of the B.Th. degree.
Depending on your goals, your career could be directly related to the Church and the Christian community, or it could guide you into other careers related to community work or the academic study of religion. Religious studies help us to learn about diverse cultures and worldviews, broaden our perspectives, and facilitating interfaith communication and collaboration.
Some careers include:
- Community worker
- Youth Pastor
- Theology Instructor
- Missionary Worker
- Religious studies researcher
As a Religious Studies student, you'll take courses like:
School of Religious Studies
Cultivating a thorough understanding of the world’s religions and their roles in constituting historical and contemporary cultures is at the heart of the School of Religious Studies’ teaching. In studying the world’s religious traditions, we emphasize the ways in which religious expression and practices are embedded in culture, politics, aesthetics, and social change.
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The School of Religious Studies supports a wide range of vibrant student research projects by both graduate and undergraduate students. Students are active in presenting the results of their thesis and course research at national and international conferences, as well as peer-reviewed journals. On several occasions, the School has also hosted the Eastern International Regional meetings of the American Academy of Religion at which many graduate students present their work.
Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.
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See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.