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. Jennifer Otto to examine roots of religious intolerance

Dr. Jennifer Otto (Department of Religious Studies) 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).

Book Release

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce the book release by Dr. John Harding in March 2020.

Buddhism in the Global Eye
John S. Harding et al
ISBN:  9781350140639

This book will focus on the importance of a global context and transnational connections for understanding Buddhist modernizing movements.

Attacks on houses of worship - Dr. Jennifer Otto

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Otto (Faculty Member, Department of Religious Studies) for her article "Attacks on houses of worship are on the rise - and interfaith dialogue may combat this."  This article appeared in The Conversation and can be found by clicking below.


Dr. Shayne Dahl (BA '07) named uLeth's first Banting Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Shayne Dahl (BA '07) has been named the University of Lethbridge's first Banting Postdoctoral Researcher. Shayne will be studying global Shugendo with the Department of Religious Studies.

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Incorporating Blackfoot Values into Early Education: Kate Lawless (BA/BEd ’21)

Not being Indigenous, Kate Lawless (BA/BEd ’21) was concerned about appropriating and teaching aspects of a culture not her own. So she approached Faculty of Education instructor and Blackfoot Elder Don Shade for …

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Faculty of Arts & Science Dean's Office Welcomes new Associate Dean, Dr. Hillary Rodrigues

As the Faculty of Arts & Science continues to navigate unprecedented budgetary and health challenges, Dean Matt Letts is pleased to announce that Dr. Hillary Rodrigues will join the associate team in July, …

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