Religious Studies

Understand the nature of religion and its significance for human culture.

Overview

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As an academic discipline, Religious Studies does not promote nor undermine any particular religion or worldview; it approaches the study of religion as a social phenomenon, recognizing that religions have occupied a very central place in virtually all civilizations. The program focuses on the relationship between religion and culture. It is administered by a Joint Department of Religious Studies, comprised of the departments of Religious Studies from the University of Sudbury, Huntington University and Thorneloe University, all situated on the Laurentian campus.

The program focuses on four main areas of study: Biblical Studies, World Religions, Western Religions, and Religion and Culture. It offers a broad overview of the discipline with courses including Christian thought, Buddhism, Indigenous tradition and culture, Eastern mysticism, the paranormal, bioethics, social issues, Western morality, Judaism, Hinduism, Apocalyptic and the Book of Revelation.

 

Career Opportunities

An education in Religious Studies will help students develop critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, open mindedness, and clear communications skills. These skills will contribute to the success of those who plan to pursue Religious Studies at the graduate level, but are applicable to a variety of other professions such as political sciences, law, health care, medicine, education, international relations, journalism, social work, etc. This program will also benefit students who are interested in other fields such as History, Literature, Indigenous Studies, etc.

 

Program Details

The aim of Religious Studies is to understand the nature of religion and its significance for human culture. The Program examines the variety of beliefs and behavior through which people around the world express spiritual impulses, both in formal religions and everyday life. What do people believe is sacred? What do they think is true about the meaning and purpose of existence? How do they live out these beliefs in their day-to-day rituals and behaviour?

The program may also allow you to find answers to questions such as: How does the environment affect each religion? In what ways does religions shape culture? What interpretation does religion give to ethical issues?

The approach is inclusive and open, embracing religion in all its substantial manifestations, global and historical.

Students can complete their studies online in the following: Concentration, and Minor.

 

Faculty Members

The faculty for Religious Studies are drawn from the Religious Studies departments of the three Federated Universities : Thorneloe UniversityHuntington University, and University of Sudbury

 

Relevant graduate study opportunities at Laurentian:

• Master of Arts in Humanities

Key Features

The approach is inclusive and open, embracing religion in all its substantial manifestations, global and historical.
The program may also allow you to find answers to questions such as: How does the environment affect each religion? In what ways does religions shape culture? What interpretation does religion give to ethical issues?
Students can complete their studies online in the following: Concentration, and Minor.

Career Opportunities

An education in Religious Studies will help students develop critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, open mindedness, and clear communications skills. These skills will contribute to the success of those who plan to pursue Religious Studies at the graduate level, but are applicable to a variety of other professions such as political sciences, law, health care, medicine, education, international relations, journalism, social work, etc. This program will also benefit students who are interested in other fields such as History, Literature, Indigenous Studies, etc.

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