Whether you are just curious about religions and want to know a little more, are looking for a Minor that will complement your declared major, or are thinking about going on to do graduate work or a professional degree, Religious Studies at Mount Royal can help you get where you’re going. Religious Studies offers a wide range of courses, reflecting both the need-to-know aspects of the discipline and the rich diversity of faculty interests. Our program introduces students to the breadth of religious traditions, issues, and academic approaches that are essential for an informed understanding of the world’s religions. Beyond introducing students to the history, texts, key beliefs and practices of the world’s religions, our courses emphasize the contemporary, the local, and the lived dimensions of religion. In Religious Studies, religions are treated as part of human culture and as relevant to our world today, in private and public life, informing attitudes, ethics, media, geo-politics, etc.
No previous knowledge or experience of any religion is required. All Religious Studies courses carry GNED credit.
A minor in Religious Studies is an excellent way to broaden your education at Mount Royal University. Religion permeates all dimensions of life from politics to pop culture, from literature to law, from management to medicine.
A Minor in Religious Studies connects in various ways with every major area of study at the university.
The Religious Studies Minor is extremely flexible. Because of this, you are bound to find a Religious Studies course that will fit with your own academic schedule.
A total of eight courses are required for a Minor in Religious Studies. Of these eight courses:
- You may take a maximum of three Religious Studies courses at the 1000 level.
- You must take a minimum of two Religious Studies courses at the 3000 level or higher.
For more information on the Minor in Religious Studies, contact Michael Hawley (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Religious Studies Coordinator, or Rachel Doe (email@example.com), the Arts advisor.
Religious Studies is not theology. Theologians study the doctrines of their own religions, in a manner consistent with traditions within those religions. Religious Studies describes, analyzes, and interprets the world’s religions and spiritualities. These include Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Chinese religions, contemplative systems (e.g. mysticism or meditation), indigenous religious traditions, as well as many others. The academic study of religion seeks to understand beliefs and practices, art and architecture, literature, organizational forms, music and media, ethics and laws, material artifacts and popular culture, and all the other dimensions of human life and society that are connected with religions. Religious Studies is a multidisciplinary field. We and our students approach our study of religions from a variety of disciplines, among them history, sociology, anthropology, literary criticism, music and art history, gender studies, economics, philosophy, political science, public policy, etc. Religious Studies utilizes established theories, but also proposes and assesses new theories about what religions are, how they originated, how they are distinctive, how they work, and how understanding them might help us in turn to better understand ourselves and others and the world we inhabit.
Courses in Religious Studies are of two main kinds: tradition-based courses (single- and multi-tradition courses) and theme-based courses. Tradition-based courses introduce students to the histories Single-Tradition, practices, and teachings of the world’s major religions. Theme-based courses examine a number of the social, cultural, philosophical, political, and psychological issues related to or arising from the study of religion.
|RELS 2215: World Christianity|
RELS 2251: Sikhism
RELS 2252: Hinduism
RELS 2253: Christianity
RELS 2254: Islam
RELS 2255: Judaism
RELS 2279: Buddhism
RELS 3352: Topics in Hinduism
RELS 3353: Topics in Sikhism
|RELS 3360: Topics in Christianity|
RELS 1101: World Religions: Western
RELS 1103: World Religions: Eastern
RELS 2212: Religious Traditions of China
RELS 3305: Esotericism, Magic, and the Occult
RELS 3312: Religion in Contemporary East Asia
RELS 3322: Religion in the Americas
RELS 4403: Asian Religions in North America
|RELS 1104: Religion and Violence|
RELS 1105: The Nature of Religion
RELS 2208: Religion and Popular Culture
RELS 2209: Religious Experience
RELS 2243: Good and Evil
RELS 2281: Women and Religion
RELS 3302: Selected Topics in Religion
RELS 3333: Death and the Afterlife
RELS 3378: Yoga and Meditation
RELS 4410: Religion and Public Life
|Field Schools/Travel Courses||Directed Reading Courses||New Courses in Development|
|RELS 2260: Sikh Studies Field School||RELS 3199|
RELS 22xx: Religion and the Environment