Religious Studies Programs (B.A.)


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Programs and course requirements

Minor Concentrations

Minor Concentration in World Religions (18 credits)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration World Religions(18 Credits)

    Offered by:Religious Studies
    Degree:Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirement:

The Minor Concentration World Religions introduces students to the major world religions and to the academic study of religion.

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration World Religions.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits, no more than 9 of which may be taken at the 200-level, selected with the following specifications:

12 credits in Religious Traditions chosen from the course lists on Judaism, Christianity and Islam and/or Religions of Asia.

6 credits from the course list on Themes in Religion, Culture and Globalization.


    12 credits from Religious Traditions:


    Judaism, Christianity and Islam


    • CATH 200 Introduction to Catholicism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 201 Religions:Ancient Near East 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 202 Religion of Ancient Israel 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 203 Bible and Western Culture 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity&Islam 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 210 Jesus of Nazareth 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 300 Second Temple Judaism 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 302 Literature of Ancient Israel 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 303 Lit of Ancient Israel 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 307 Bible, Quran & Interpretations 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 311 New Testament Studies 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 312 New Testament Studies 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 313 Topics in Biblical Studies 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 314 Topics in Biblical Studies 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 322 The Church in History 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 323 The Church in History 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 324 Armenian Apostolic Tradition 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 325 Varieties Rel Exp in Christnty 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 326 Anc Christn Church AD54-AD604 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 333 Princip of Christian Theol 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 334 Christian Thought and Culture 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 336 Contemp Theological Issues 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 338 Women& the Christian Tradition 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 373 Christian Ethics of Love 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 379 Eastern Orthodox Christianity 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 399 Christian Spirituality 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 420 Canadian Church History 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 423 Reformation Thought 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 434 Princip of Christian Theol 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 470 Theological Ethics 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 502 Greco-Roman Judaism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 532 History of Christian Thought 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 533 History of Christian Thought 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    Religions of Asia


    • RELG 252 Hinduism & Buddhism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 253 Religions of East Asia 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 254 Intro to Yoga Traditions 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 337 Themes in Buddhist Studies 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 339 Gender & Sexuality in Buddhism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 342 Theravada Buddhist Literature 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 344 Mahayana Buddhism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 348 Classical Hinduism 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 350 Bhakti Hinduism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 352 Japanese Relig: Hist & Thought 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 354 Chinese Religions 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 356 Gender & Sexuality in Hinduism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 369 Tibetan Buddhism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 372 Hindu Goddesses 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 387 Introduction to Jainism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 388 Introduction to Sikhism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 442 Pure Land Buddhism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 451 Zen:Maxims and Methods 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 452 East Asian Buddhism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 453 Vajrayana Buddhism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 454 Modern Hindu Thought 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 455 Relg&the Perf Arts in S India 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 545 Ramayana: Multiple Lives 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 546 Indian Philosophy 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 547 Special Topics in Hinduism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 548 Indian Buddhist Philosophy 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 549 Japanese Buddhism: Hist Cont 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 551 Special Topics in Buddhism 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 552 Advaita Vedanta 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 553 Religions of South India 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 554 Religions of South Asia 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 556 Issues in Buddhist Studies 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 559 Caste & Dalits:Hist&Poli Persp 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 560 Buddhist Poetry 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    6 credits from:


    Themes in Religion, Culture and Globalization


    • ISLA 310 Women in Islam 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 207 Intro to Study of Religions 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 208 WrldRel & Cultures They Create 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 256 Women in Judaism and Islam 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 270 Religious Ethics & the Environ 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 271 Sexual Ethics 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 315 Special Topics in Religion 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 316 New Religious Movements 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 317 Special Topics in Religion 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 318 Special Topics in Religion 3 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 319 Special Topics in Religion 4 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 331 Religion and Globalization 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 332 Convers Across World Religions 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 340 Religion & the Sciences 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 341 Intro:Philosophy of Religion 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 345 Religion and the Arts 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 347 Topics in Religion&the Arts 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 353 Gandhi: His Life and Thought 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 355 Religion and the Arts 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 358 Religion and Cinema in India 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 361 Religious Behaviour 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 366 Rivers,Religion,&Enviro S-Asia 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 370 Religion and Human Rights 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 371 Ethics of Violence/Non-Violenc 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 375 Religion, Politics and Society 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 376 Religious Ethics 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 378 Pilgrim&Relig Tourism in SAsia 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 380 Religion,Philosophy, Modernity 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 440 Global Islam 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 444 Indian Ocean Relig Networks 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 456 Theories of Religion 3 CreditsRequires departmental approval prior to registration
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 479 Christianity in GlobalPerspect 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 544 Ethnography as Method in RelSt 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 555 Honours Seminar 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 571 Ethics, Medicine and Religion 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 572 Religion and Global Politics 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • RELG 573 Religions in Global Society 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    Minor Concentration in Scriptural Languages (18 credits)

    Minor Concentration in Philosophy and Western Religions (18 credits)

    Minor Concentration Religion and Globalization (18 credits)

    Major Concentrations

    Honours

    Joint Honours


    RELG 456 “Theories of Religion”; RELG 555 "Honours Seminar"

    • Students in a Religious Studies Major Concentration ideally take RELG 456 in the Winter Term of their final, graduating year.
    • Students in a Religious Studies Honours or Joint Honours programme ideally take RELG 456 in the Fall term of their final year, followed by RELG 555 in the Winter Term.
    • To register for RELG 456, e-mail a request for an “approval code” to  samieun.khan [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Samieun Khan)including your name, student number, and programme.  
    • No permission is required to register for RELG 555

    Special Studies Courses

    Students in B.A. Religious Studies programs may apply special studies courses to their programs ONLY with the prior written approval of their program advisor. The student is responsible to provide the advisor with written evidence of a thorough, practical plan for a course of study deserving 3 credits in Religious Studies.


    Course/credit transfer and equivalency

    Students in Religious Studies programs requiring advice and decisions regarding the transfer of credits for courses taken elsewhere than at McGill and/or seeking equivalency decisions regarding such courses should consult the Academic Advisor for their programme.

    It is the responsibility of students requiring such decisions to provide their Advisor with full documentation of the non-McGill courses to be evaluated (ideally a course syllabus with details of course requirements, textbooks, assignments, etc.).