Religious Studies

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

The program is administered by a Joint Department of Religious Studies, comprised of each of the three departments of Religious Studies from the University of Sudbury, Huntington University and Thorneloe University, all situated on the Laurentian campus.

The Joint Department offers a broad overview of the discipline, while also providing those who wish to pursue more advanced studies with the necessary foundation.

The faculty are known for excellence in teaching and research.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Kornel Zathureczky

Telephone: 705-673-5661 X 152

Email: kzathureczky@usudbury.ca

Office: University of Sudbury / Université de Sudbury,
Senior Academic Department Secretary: Suzanne Paquin
(705) 673-5661 x 315

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus/Online
Program Language: English

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

 

Program Highlights:

  • Three- or four-year programs lead to a Bachelor of Arts with concentration or specialization in Religious Studies.

  • The program focuses on four main areas of study: Biblical Studies, World Religions, Western Religions, and Religion and Culture.

  • Courses may include Christian thought, Buddhism, Indigenous tradition and culture, Eastern mysticism, the paranormal, bioethics, social issues, Western morality, Judaism, Hinduism, Apocalyptic and the Book of Revelation.

  • Students who are not interested in completing a specialization in Religious Studies can decide to do a minor, or simply take elective courses in Religious Studies.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Religious Studies

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Religious Studies

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

6 credits from:

     RLST 1005E     What in the World is Religion?

     RLST 1106E     Religion for the New Generation I
     RLST 1107E     Religion for the New Generation II
     RLST 1116E     Ideas of Love I
     RLST 1117E     Ideas of Love II
6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
6 elective credits in the Sciences
6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
6 elective credits

 

Second and Third Years

6 RLST credits from three of the four areas (18 credits in all)

12 additional RLST credits at the 2000 or 3000 level*

30 elective credits

 

Fourth Year

12 RLST credits at the 4000 level

12 additional upper year RLST credits*

6 elective credits

 

*   Students must complete at least 6 RLST credits at the 3000 level

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Major in Religious Studies

6 credits from:

     RLST 1005E     What in the World is Religion?
     RLST 1106E     Religion for the New Generation I
     RLST 1107E     Religion for the New Generation II
     RLST 1116E     Ideas of Love I
     RLST 1117E     Ideas of Love II

6 RLST credits from three of the four areas (18 credits in all)

6 RLST credits at the 4000 level

12 additional upper year RLST credits

78 elective credits**

 

Note:   

  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.
  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.

 

 

Bachelor of Arts (General) in Religious Studies

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in Religious Studies  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

6 credits from:

     RLST 1005E     What in the World is Religion?
     RLST 1106E     Religion for the New Generation I
     RLST 1107E     Religion for the New Generation II
     RLST 1116E     Ideas of Love I
     RLST 1117E     Ideas of Love II
6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
6 elective credits in the Sciences
6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
6 elective credits

Upper Years

6 RLST credits from three of the four areas (18 credits in all)

12 additional RLST credits at the 2000 or 3000 level

30 elective credits

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Minor in Religious Studies  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

6 credits from:

     RLST 1005E     What in the World is Religion?

     RLST 1106E     Religion for the New Generation I

     RLST 1107E     Religion for the New Generation II

     RLST 1116E     Ideas of Love I

     RLST 1117E     Ideas of Love II

6 RLST credits at the 3000 level

12 additional upper year RLST credits

 

Minor in Islamic Studies

6 credits from:

     RLST 1005E     What in the World Is Religion?
     RLST 2205E     The World’s Living Religions

All 12 credits from:

RLST 2256E     Islam: Origins and Development
RLST 3257E     Islam in the Modern World
RLST 3146E     The Qur'an
RLST 2707E     The Life of Muhammed

3 credits from:

     RLST 3706E     Islamic Philosophy and Theology
     RLST 3707E     Islamic Law

3 credits from:

     RLST 2706E     Islamic Spirituality
     RLST 2701E     Islam in India
     RLST 2702E     Islamic Art

 

Minor in Asian Studies

6 credits from:

     RLST 2256E     Islam: Origins and Development

     RLST 2276E     Indian Buddhism

     RLST 2286E     Chinese Religions

     RLST 2176E     Hinduism: Origins and Development

6 credits from:

     RLST 3257E     Islam in the Modern World

     RLST 3277E     Modern Hinduism

     RLST 3476E     Global Buddhism

6 credits from:

     RLST 2226E     Sacred Texts of the Religions of the East

     RLST 2266E     Death and Immortality in the Religions of the East

     RLST 2277E     East Asian Buddhism

     RLST 2701E     Islam in India

     RLST 2702E     Islamic Art

     RLST 3505E     Intermediate Sanskrit

6 credits from:

     ARBC 1005E     Introductory Arabic

     CHIN 1005N     Introductory Chinese

     RLST 2505E     Introductory Sanskrit

 

Study Areas in Religious Studies

Area 1 - Biblical Studies

All courses in this area feature biblical and related ancient literature as the primary focus of study.

RLST 2105E     Event and Meaning in the Bible
RLST 2106E     The Bible in Context: Ancient Israel
RLST 2107E     The Bible in Context: Christian Origins
RLST 2146E     The Bible, Society and Politics
RLST 2186E     Jesus in Historical Context
RLST 2187E     Jesus in Literary Context
RLST 2196E     The Fourth Gospel
RLST 3126E     The Prophets of Israel
RLST 3127E     The Pauline Letters
RLST 3136E     Wisdom Literature
RLST 3137E     Apocalyptic Literature and the Book of Revelation
RLST 3156E     Exploring the Dead Sea Scrolls
RLST 3157E     Secret Gospels: The Hidden Life and Teachings of Jesus
RLST 3166E     Mark's Gospel
RLST 4116E     Biblical Studies I: Reading the Text
RLST 4117E     Biblical Studies II: Interpretive Methods
 
Area 2 - Western Religions
These courses focus on religious themes or traditions that been highly influential in shaping “western” intellectual traditions and institutions.

RLST 2115E     The Development of Western Morality
RLST 2136E     Christian Thought and Culture I
RLST 2137E     Christian Thought and Culture II
RLST 2166E     Evil and Sin: Perceptions of Reality
RLST 2167E     Constructions of the Human Good
RLST 2227E     Sacred Texts of the Religions of the West
RLST 2256E     Islam: Origins and Development
RLST 2267E     Death and Immortality in the Religions of the West
RLST 2297E     Western Mysticism
RLST 2446E     Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication, Part I
RLST 2447E     Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication, Part II
RLST 2706E     Islamic Spirituality
RLST 3106E     Varieties of Early Christianity
RLST 3107E     The Church and the Modern World
RLST 3176E     Gender and Family in Early Christianity
RLST 3177E     Christianity and the Celtic Experience
RLST 3196E     The Human Prospect: Technology and the Individual Experience
RLST 3197E     Technology and Social Experience
RLST 3235E     Judaism
RLST 3286E     C.S. Lewis and the Imagination
RLST 4135E     Readings in Western Religions

 

Area 3 - World Religions
Courses in this area focus either on a single world religion, the comparative study of world religions, or on a theme studied comparatively across a spectrum of world religions.

RLST 2205E     The World's Living Religions
RLST 2216E     Religion and Violence
RLST 2226E      Sacred Texts of the Religions of the East
RLST 2236E     The Spiritual Life: Institutions and Practices
RLST 2237E     The Chronicles of Narnia
RLST 2245E     Women, Religion and Spirituality
RLST 2266E     Death and Immortality in the Religions of the East
RLST 2276E     Indian Buddhism
RLST 2277E     East Asian Buddhism
RLST 2286E     Chinese Religions
RLST 2296E     Religion and Ecology
RLST 2296E     Religion and Ecology
RLST 2395E     Women, Religion & Spirituality
RLST 2702E     Islamic Art
RLST 2707E     The Life of Muhammad
RLST 3146E     The Qur'an
RLST 3215E     Religions and the Arts
RLST 3245E     Health, Healing & Spirituality
RLST 2176E     Hinduism: Origins and Development
RLST 3277E     Hinduism: Modern Interpreters and Modern Movements
RLST 3315E     Life Journeys: Transitions, Rites of Passage and Spirituality
RLST 3396E     Inter-Faith Dialogue: The History
RLST 3397E     Inter-Faith Dialogue: Present Day Issues and Methods
RLST 4225E     Special Readings in Religions of the World

Area 4 - Religion and Culture
This area features courses that focus on the interactions between religion and culture, both historically and in the present day.

ENGL 2616E     The Bible and Literature
RLST 3257E     Islam in the Modern World
RLST 2285E     North American Native People: Tradition and Culture
RLST 2316E     Cults and New Religious Movements
RLST 2326E     Dimensions of the Paranormal
RLST 2327E     Jesus in Film
RLST 2336E     Religious Themes in Literature I
RLST 2337E     Religious Themes in Literature II
RLST 2345E     Bioethics: Human Life Issues
RLST 2355E     Leisure and the Spiritual Quest
RLST 2365E     Religion in Film
RLST 2625E     Childhood: A Religious Perspective
RLST 3131E     Magic, Witccradf, and Divination in the Ancient Near East
RLST 3141E     Spirituality & Sex
RLST 3306E     Issues in Religion and Science
RLST 3316E     Religion and the State in Canada
RLST 3326E     Religion and the Elderly
RLST 3327E     Ethical Issues for the Elderly
RLST 3336E     Food, Ritual and Religion
RLST 3356E     Sport as Spiritual Practice
RLST 3366E     Religion and Future of Humanity
RLST 3386E     Faith and Atheism
RLST 3615E     Religion and the Person
RLST 3696E     Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Mass Communication
RLST 4345E     Special Readings in Religion and Culture
RLST 4365E     Problems in the Study of Religion

Year:

RLST-1005EL - What in the World Is Religion? RLST-1106EL - Religion for the New Generation I RLST-1107EL - Religion for the New Generation II RLST-1116EL - Ideas of Love I RLST-1117EL - Ideas of Love II RLST-2105EL - Event and Meaning in the Bible: Foundations of the Judaeo-Christian Tradition RLST-2106EL - The Bible in Context: Ancient Israel RLST-2107EL - The Bible in Context: Christian Origins RLST-2136EL - Christian Thought and Culture I RLST-2137EL - Christian Thought and Culture II RLST-2146EL - The Bible, Society and Politics RLST-2166EL - The Problem of Evil RLST-2167EL - Religious Constructions of the Human Good RLST-2186EL - Jesus in Historical Context RLST-2205EL - The World's Living Religions RLST-2216EL - Religion and Violence RLST-2226EL - Sacred Texts of the Religions of the East RLST-2227EL - Sacred Texts of the Religions of the West RLST-2236EL - The Spiritual Life: Institutions and Practices RLST-2237EL - The Spiritual Life: Life Stories RLST-2245EL - Women, Religion and Spirituality RLST-2256EL - Islam: Origins and Development RLST-2266EL - Death and Immortality in the Religions Of the East RLST-2267EL - Death and Immortality in the Religions Of the West RLST-2276EL - Indian Buddhism RLST-2277EL - East Asian Buddhism RLST-2285EL - North American Native People: Tradition and Culture RLST-2286EL - Chinese Religions RLST-2296EL - Religion and Ecology RLST-2297EL - Western Mysticism RLST-2316EL - Cults and New Religious Movements RLST-2326EL - Dimensions of the Paranormal RLST-2327EL - Jesus in Film RLST-2336EL - Religious Themes in Literature I RLST-2337EL - The Chronicles of Narnia RLST-2345EL - Bioethics: Human Life Issues RLST-2355EL - God, Play and Games RLST-2365EL - Religion in Film RLST-2446EL - Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication, Part I RLST-2447EL - Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication, Part II RLST-2625EL - Childhood:A Religious Perspective RLST-2702EL - Islamic Art
RLST-2706EL - Islamic Spirituality RLST-2707EL - The Life of Muhammad RLST-3286EL - C.S. Lewis and the religious Imagination RLST-3106EL - Varieties of Early Christianity RLST-3107EL - The Church and the Modern World RLST-3126EL - The Prophets of Israel RLST-3127EL - The Pauline Letters in the New Testament RLST-3131EL - Magic, Witchcraft & Divination in the Ancient Near East RLST-3136EL - Wisdom Literature RLST-3137EL - Apocalyptic and the Book of Revelation RLST-3141EL - Spirituality & Sex: Heavenly Pleasures And Earthly Delights RLST-3157EL - Secret Gospels: the Hidden Life and Teaching of Jesus RLST-3166EL - Mark's Gospel RLST-3176EL - Gender and Family in Early Christianity RLST-3177EL - Christianity and the Celtic Experience RLST-3196EL - The Human Prospect: Technology and the Individual Experience RLST-3197EL - The Human Prospect: Technology and Social Experience RLST-3215EL - Religions and the Arts RLST-3235EL - Judaism RLST-3245EL - Health, Healing & Spirituality RLST-3266EL - J.R.R. Tolkien and the Religious Imagination RLST-3277EL - Hinduism: Modern Interpreters and Modern Movements RLST-3286EL - C.S. Lewis and the religious Imagination RLST-3306EL - Issues in Religion and Science RLST-3316EL - Religion and the State in Canada RLST-3326EL - Religion and the Elderly RLST-3327EL - Ethical Issues for the Elderly RLST-3336EL - Food, Ritual and Religion RLST-3356EL - Sport as Spiritual Practice RLST-3366EL - Religion and Future of Humanity RLST-3386EL - Faith and Atheism RLST-3396EL - Inter-Faith Dialogue: the History RLST-3397EL - Inter-Faith Dialogue: Present-Day Issues And Methods RLST-3615EL - Religion and the Person RLST-3696EL - Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Mass Communication RLST-3706EL - Islamic Philsophy and Theology RLST-4116EL - Biblical Studies I: Interpretive Methods RLST-4117EL - Biblical Studies II: Reading the Text RLST-4135EL - Special Readings in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition RLST-4225EL - Special Readings in the Religions of the World RLST-4345EL - Special Readings in Religion and Modern Culture RLST-4365EL - Problems in the Study of Religion

Alison Hood - Assistant Professor

Andrii Krawchuk - Full Professor

Jack Laughlin - Associate Professor

Dr. Jason Lepojärvi, Assistant Professor

Melchoir Mbonimpa - Professor

Dr. Mark Scott - Associate Professor

Kornel Zathureczky - Associate Professor

Diane Robinson - On Campus 

Anthony Chezzi - Correspondence 

Marc Deanné - Correspondence 

Francis Daoust - Correspondence 

Constantin Kazadi - Correspondence 

Will Morin - Correspondence 

Alin Socosan - Correspondence 

Dr. Ron Srigley - Correspondence 

Daniel Timmer - Assistant Professor

Dr. Colleen Franklin - Sessional Faculty 

Dr. Janet Gunn - Sessional Faculty 

Dr. Adrian Langdon - Sessional Faculty 

Dr. Wayne Sheppard - Sessional Faculty 

Dr. Ron Srigley - Sessional Faculty

Yvonne Tregonning - Sessional Faculty

Diane Brazeau - Sessional Faculty

Emily Weiskopt-Ball - Sessional Faculty