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Undergraduate Degrees

Religion & Culture


The Department of Religion & Culture offers 3 different undergraduate Major degree programs (a 3-year Bachelor of Arts, a 4-year Bachelor of Arts and an Honours Bachelor of Arts), as well as an undergraduate Minor degree program. Below are highlights of each program. For information regarding General Degree Requirements or for more details about the Religion & Culture degree programs, please consult the Academic Calendar.

Religion & Culture course (image courtesy of Rachel Berg)

3-YEAR BA

MAJOR REQUIREMENT

Single Major: Minimum 30 credit hours/Maximum 48 credit hours.

Double Major: 30 credit hours in Religion & Culture and specified number of credit hours in the other department/program.

Distribution: Minimum of 3 credit hours at the 2000 level in each of three (3) of the four (4) Areas of Study: “Historical Judaism, Christianity, and Islam”, “Religion and Modern Western Culture”, “Asian Religions and Culture”, and “Indigenous Religious Traditions”.

Required courses: One of REL-1001(6), REL-1002(3), REL-1003(6) or REL-1007(6). Maximum of 12 credit hours at the 1000-level. Minimum 6 credit hours at the 3000 level in Religion & Culture.

CLASS 2015 Spring Institute (image courtesy of Kristy Schroeder)

4-YEAR BA

MAJOR  REQUIREMENT

Single Major: Minimum 48 credit hours/Maximum 66 credit hours.

Double Major: Minimum 48 credit hours in each Major subject as specified by the department/program.

Cognates: Minimum of 18 credit hours/Maximum of 36 credit hours in related courses from one or more of several departments. The cognate requirement may be fulfilled in full or in part by Religion & Culture courses providing that the sum of Major and Cognate courses is at least 66 credit hours. Maximum total of cognate and major courses is  84 credit hours combined.

Distribution: Minimum of 6 credit hours at the 2000 or 3000 level in each of three (3) of the four (4) Areas of Study: “Historical Judaism, Christianity, and Islam”, Religion and Modern Western Culture”, Asian Religions and Culture”, and “Indigenous Religious Traditions”.

Required courses: One of REL-1001(6), REL-1002(3), REL-1003(6) or REL-1007(6). Maximum of 12 credit hours at the 1000-level. Minimum 18 credit hours at the 3000 level in Religion & Culture.

CLASS 2015 Spring Institute (image courtesy of Kristy Schroeder)

HONOURS BA

SINGLE HONOURS REQUIREMENT: Minimum 54 credit hours/Maximum 78 credit hours in Religion & Culture.

Required courses: One of REL-1001(6), REL-1002(3), REL-1003(6) or REL-1007(6). Maximum of 12 credit hours at the 1000-level.                                                                                        

Distribution Requirement: Minimum of 6 credit hours at the 2000, 3000, 4000 level from three (3) of the four (4) Areas of Study: “Historical Judaism, Christianity and Islam”, “Religion and Modern Western Culture”, “Asian Religions and Culture”, “Indigenous Religious Traditions”.

Advanced Level Course Requirement: Minimum 36 credit hours in advanced level (3000, 4000, and 5000) courses, of which a minimum 24 credit hours are at the 4000 or 5000 level.

Cognates: Minimum of 18 credit hours/Maximum of 36 credit hours in related courses from one or more of several departments.  The cognate requirement may be fulfilled in full or in part by Religion & Culture courses providing that the sum of Major and Cognate courses is at least 66 credit hours. Maximum total of cognate and major courses is 84 credit hours combined.

Language Requirement: Minimum 6 credit hours in a second language, or equivalent. 

Languages for credit: Students may receive Religion & Culture Honours credit (a maximum of 12 credit hours) in approved languages for the study of religion.  Languages currently approved are: biblical Hebrew, classical Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit, classical Chinese, Cree, Ojibway, Dakota.  Students who wish to receive Religion & Culture credit in other languages should consult the Department Chair.

DOUBLE HONOURS REQUIREMENT: Minimum 36 credit hours in each Honours subject as specified in each department/program.

Required courses: One of REL-1001(6), REL-1002(3), REL-1003(6) or REL-1007(6). Maximum of 12 credit hours at the 1000-level.

Distribution Requirement: Minimum of 6 credit hours at the 2000, 3000, 4000 level from three (3) of the four (4) Areas of Study: “Historical Judaism, Christianity and Islam”, “Religion and Modern Western Culture”, “Asian Religions and Culture”, “Indigenous Religious Traditions”.

Advanced Level Course Requirements: Minimum 18 credit hours in advanced level (3000, 4000, and 5000) courses in Religion & Culture of which a minimum 15 credit hours are at the 4000 level.

Language Requirement: Minimum 6 credit hours in a second language, or equivalent.

Languages for credit: Students may receive Religion & Culture Honours credit (a maximum of 12 credit hours) in approved languages for the study of religion.  Languages currently approved are: biblical Hebrew, classical Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit, classical Chinese, Cree, Ojibway, Dakota.  Students who wish to receive Religion & Culture credit in other languages should consult the Department Chair.