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

Alison Hood

Telephone: 705.673.4126 X 212

Email: ahood@huntingtonu.ca

Office: Secretary: Dawn Noel de Tilly, 705.673.4126 X 201

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 (4 Year) 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 (3 Year) 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 (36 credits)

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

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

All 12 credits from:

   RLST 2256 - Islam: Origins and Development
   RLST 2257 - Islam in the Modern World
   RLST 3146 - The Qur'an
   RLST 2707 - The Life of Muhammed

3 credits from:

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

3 credits from:

   RLST 2706 - Islamic Spirituality
   RLST 2701 - Islam in India
   RLST 2702 - 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 2105 EL - Event and Meaning in the Bible
RLST 2106 EL - The Bible in Context: Ancient Israel
RLST 2107 EL - The Bible in Context: Christian Origins
RLST 2146 EL - The Bible, Society and Politics
RLST 2186 EL - Jesus in Historical Context
RLST 2187 EL - Jesus in Literary Context
RLST 2196 EL - The Fourth Gospel
RLST 3126 EL - The Prophets of Israel
RLST 3127 EL - The Pauline Letters
RLST 3136 EL - Wisdom Literature
RLST 3137 EL - Apocalyptic Literature and the Book of Revelation
RLST 3156 EL - Exploring the Dead Sea Scrolls
RLST 3157 EL - Secret Gospels: The Hidden Life and Teachings of Jesus
RLST 3166 EL - Mark's Gospel
RLST 4116 EL - Biblical Studies I: Reading the Text
RLST 4117 EL - 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 2115 EL - The Development of Western Morality
RLST 2136 EL - Christian Thought and Culture I
RLST 2137 EL - Christian Thought and Culture II
RLST 2166 EL - Evil and Sin: Perceptions of Reality
RLST 2167 EL - Constructions of the Human Good
RLST 2227 EL - Sacred Texts of the Religions of the West
RLST 2256 EL - Islam: Origins and Development
RLST 2267 EL - Death and Immortality in the Religions of the West
RLST 2297 EL - Western Mysticism
RLST 2446 EL - Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication, Part I
RLST 2447 EL - Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication, Part II
RLST 2706 EL - Islamic Spirituality
RLST 3106 EL - Varieties of Early Christianity
RLST 3107 EL - The Church and the Modern World
RLST 3176 EL - Gender and Family in Early Christianity
RLST 3177 EL - Christianity and the Celtic Experience
RLST 3196 EL - The Human Prospect: Technology and the Individual Experience
RLST 3197 EL - Technology and Social Experience
RLST 3235 EL - Judaism
RLST 3286 EL - C.S. Lewis and the Imagination
RLST 4135 EL - 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 2205 EL - The World's Living Religions
RLST 2216 EL - Religion and Violence
RLST 2226 EL - Sacred Texts of the Religions of the East
RLST 2236 EL - The Spiritual Life: Institutions and Practices
RLST 2237 EL - The Spiritual Life: Life Stories
RLST 2245 EL - Women, Religion and Spirituality
RLST 2266 EL - Death and Immortality in the Religions of the East
RLST 2276 EL - Indian Buddhism
RLST 2277 EL - East Asian Buddhism
RLST 2286 EL - Chinese Religions
RLST 2296 EL - Religion and Ecology
RLST 2296 EL - Religion and Ecology
RLST 2395 EL - Women, Religion & Spirituality
RLST 2702 EL - Islamic Art
RLST 2707 EL - The Life of Muhammad
RLST 3146 EL - The Qur'an
RLST 3215 EL - Religions and the Arts
RLST 3245 EL - Health, Healing & Spirituality
RLST 3276 EL - Hinduism: Origins and Development
RLST 3277 EL - Hinduism: Modern Interpreters and Modern Movements
RLST 3315 EL - Life Journeys: Transitions, Rites of Passage and Spirituality
RLST 3396 EL - Inter-Faith Dialogue: The History
RLST 3397 EL - Inter-Faith Dialogue: Present Day Issues and Methods
RLST 4225 EL - 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 2616 EL - The Bible and Literature
RLST 2257 EL - Islam in the Modern World
RLST 2285 EL - North American Native People: Tradition and Culture
RLST 2316 EL - Cults and New Religious Movements
RLST 2326 EL - Dimensions of the Paranormal
RLST 2327 EL - Jesus in Film
RLST 2336 EL - Religious Themes in Literature I
RLST 2337 EL - Religious Themes in Literature II
RLST 2345 EL - Bioethics: Human Life Issues
RLST 2355 EL - Leisure and the Spiritual Quest
RLST 2365 EL - Religion in Film
RLST 2625 EL - Childhood: A Religious Perspective
RLST 3131 EL - Magic, Witccradf, and Divination in the Ancient Near East
RLST 3141 EL - Spirituality & Sex
RLST 3306 EL - Issues in Religion and Science
RLST 3316 EL - Religion and the State in Canada
RLST 3326 EL - Religion and the Elderly
RLST 3327 EL - Ethical Issues for the Elderly
RLST 3336 EL - Food, Ritual and Religion
RLST 3356 EL - Sport as Spiritual Practice
RLST 3366 EL - Religion and Future of Humanity
RLST 3386 EL - Faith and Atheism
RLST 3615 EL - Religion and the Person
RLST 3696 EL - Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Mass Communication
RLST 4345 EL - Special Readings in Religion and Culture
RLST 4365 EL - 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-2115EL - The Development of Western Morality 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 - Religious Themes in Literature II 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-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-3277EL - Hinduism: Modern Interpreters and Modern Movements RLST-3286EL - C.S. Lewis and the religious Imagination RLST-3306EL - Issues in Religion and Science RLST-3315EL - Life Journeys: Transitions, Rites of Passage and Spirituality 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

Andrii Krawchuk - Full Professor 

Jack Laughlin - Associate Professor 

Melchoir Mbonimpa - Professor 

Kornel Zathureczky - Assistant Professor 

Arian Langdon - On Campus 

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. David Humbert - Assistant Professor

Rev. Dr. Robert Derrenbacker - Associate Professor 

Dr. Bruce Ward - Professor

Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews - Adjunct 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