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The Religious Studies Department offers courses on the religious dimensions of human life in societies and cultures from a contemporary, global perspective. Courses on religion and culture are offered as a way to explore various disciplines and their approaches to the study of religion or to engage in a debate around a theme structured to include both religious and non-religious views. Such courses may examine a theme comparatively in order to show the views of different religious traditions or a theme may be presented in terms of a debate between religious and non-religious understandings. Courses on the comparative study of religions include surveys of the major religious traditions of the world as well as courses which compare characteristics of religious life across several religious traditions. Examining religious diversity in Canada and around the world is also part of the study of comparative religions. By virtue of its character and history, Saint Mary’s University has a special responsibility to teach courses on Christianity.
Students seeking an elective may take any Religious Studies course at the 1000 or 2000 level. Students who have completed 30 credit hours of university course work and have completed a minimum of three (3) credit hours at the 1000 level and three (3) credit hours at the 2000 level may register for a 3000 level course in Religious Studies to complete a degree requirement for an elective at the 3000 level.
Religious Studies courses at the 1,000, 2,000 or 3,000 level satisfy a humanities requirement in the Arts Faculty; non-Commerce electives in the Sobey School of Business and the humanities requirements in the Faculty of Science.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a well-established, foundational degree and requires the requirements listed below alongside general graduation requirements.
Students majoring in Religious Studies must fulfill the following requirements:
The equivalent of thirty-nine (39) credit hours in the Department. Normally, these will be distributed as follows:
An overall minimum grade point average of 2.00 in the courses counted toward the major.
Only students in the ninety (90) credit hour B.A. may complete the concentration requirement in Religious Studies. The required twenty-four (24) credit hours in Religious Studies must conform to the following guidelines:
An honours student must complete sixty-three (63) credit hours in Religious Studies courses which include:
In addition to the sixty-three (63) credit hours in Religious Studies students must complete at least six (6) credit hours in a language chosen from among:
or another language acceptable to the department.
Admission to an honours program normally requires Department approval no later than when a student has completed sixty (60) credit hours. In addition to the Faculty of Arts requirements for honours, a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in Religious Studies courses is required for admission to, and continuation in, the honours program.
A minor in Religious Studies may be completed by taking twenty-four (24) credit hours in Religious Studies as follows:
An overall grade point average of 2.00 must be maintained in the twenty-four (24) credit hours.
In a Religious Studies minor students must complete at least twelve (12) of the twenty-four (24) required credit hours at Saint Mary’s.
Students completing a minor, a concentration, a major and honours must have their Religious Studies courses approved by the undergraduate advisor on an annual basis. In some instances, majors and honours students will be requested to take prerequisites for Departmental courses. Suggested prerequisites are kept on file in the Department. With renumbered or restructured courses, students are advised that they are not eligible to take a course for credit if they already have a credit for a comparable course, even if that course was taken at a different level.
Notes: With renumbered or restructured courses, students are advised that they are not eligible to take a course for credit if they already have a credit for a comparable course, even if that course was taken at a different level.
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