Understand the nature of religion and its significance for human culture.
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.
Relevant graduate study opportunities at Laurentian:
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.
Katrina Young, Concurrent Education, Specialization in Religious Studies, Minor in History
I chose Laurentian for the personalized approach to academics, the beauty and landscape that surround the campus, and the caring nature of the professors and students. My favourite memory made here at Laurentian is watching the sunsets at the private beach. I believe university is all about working hard to earn your degree, as well as making memories with the friends you meet throughout your time here. My advice to prospective students is to take the time to live in the moment and enjoy your time at Laurentian and form friendships, be involved in as many activities you can, all while maintaining a positive relationship between academics and social life.