Department of Religious Studies


Welcome to the Department of Religious Studies

We offer a wide assortment of courses that cover many of the world’s major religious traditions.

Since religion has played such a significant role in human history, and is still vitally important to so many in today’s world, the scholarly study of religion is naturally an invaluable component in any liberal education. Our faculty members have diverse interests and methodological approaches. Some focus on history and the study of ancient scriptures, while others examine contemporary religious practices. They are renowned nationally and internationally in their fields of expertise, and have written books and articles published by some of the best academic presses and scholarly journals. Their research areas include such fascinating topics as contemporary Christian creationism, martyrdom in the Christian tradition, medieval Islamic mystics, Buddhism in the West, and the Hindu Great Goddess, among many others.

Department Highlights

Dr. Shayne Dahl named uLeth's first Banting Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Shayne Dahl has been awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship and will be joining the Department of Religious Studies for the duration of his award. The Banting Fellowship is one of the most prestigious postdoctoral research awards in Canada, with only 70 awarded each year to researchers across the country. Shayne’s award is especially significant for the U of L, as this is the first time the institution has hosted a Banting Postdoctoral Researcher.

Dr. Jennifer Otto examines roots of religious tolerance

Dr. Jennifer Otto, a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Lethbridge, will go back 500 years to delve into the events that eventually led to modern-day human rights, thanks to a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Hillary Rodrigues

Dr. Hillary Rodrigues investigates modern nondual spirituality

Dr. Rodrigues' goal is to focus on this fast-growing contemporary phenomenon at this crucial emergent stage using religious studies theories and methods,” 

Thanks to an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Rodrigues aims to rectify that situation.

Dr.. Rodrigues is currently on study leave.

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