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FACULTY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Degrees Available

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts & Science

Intake: 

Fall & Spring

Campus: 

Lethbridge

Program Description

We encounter religion in many manifestations frequently on TV and the Internet: breathtaking mosques, colossal Buddhas, the Pope addressing huge crowds, brutal religious wars or unusual rituals.

Studying religion enhances our understanding of what it is to be human. It enables us to learn more about the diverse cultures of the world, their ancient histories and their highest values. While you may not discover the meaning of life by studying religion, you will learn how others have answered that perennial human question, and how those answers have shaped people’s lives and the lives of those around them.

The University of Lethbridge is a secular (non-religious) institution of learning; we do not try to promote belief in any of the religions that we study. Rather, we attempt to study religion in as objective a manner as possible. Of course, each person faces challenges when trying to do so with neutrality, because we may have predispositions for or against particular religions, or toward religion in general.

In religious studies, our explorations are wide-ranging, embracing the human religious response, from the great world religions to marginal and quasi-religious phenomena, such as shamanism and magic. We examine history, social and cultural configurations, symbolism, and literature, as well as theologies and metaphysical philosophies within belief systems. You will study shared themes and marked differences in myths and rituals, and how religion permeates even our secular lives.

Minors | Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to explore academic interests beyond your major. A minor is a set of courses comprising a secondary focus of interest generally not related to your major. A minor may be required or optional. 

Honours thesis | If your GPA is high enough in your fourth year, you can opt to complete an Undergraduate Thesis course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree.

Experience learning | Our students have a number of experiential learning opportunities available to them including co-operative educationinternational exchanges, independent and applied studies as well as volunteer opportunities. uLethbridge is the only university in Alberta to offer co-operative education to all majors in the arts & sciences, at both the undergrad and grad level. Transfer students can actually head out on their first work term before ever stepping foot on campus! For example, many transfer students have completed a summer work term before starting classes in September.​

Skills acquired | In addition to developing exceptional written and oral communication skills in the program, you will also develop your critical and analytical thinking skills, your information acquisition and management skills, as well as your attention to detail. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of a variety cultural norms and value systems. All of these abilities are highly sought after and can be applied to practically any working scenario.

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"Decisions concerning my academic future have been influenced by faculty members in the Religious Studies department. They have peaked my interest in wanting to further explore the role that religion plays in today’s global world as well as the (im)possibility of ‘universal’ human rights." - Sumaiya, BA (Co-op) '12


Possible Careers

Related Fields. There are numerous career options open to Religious Studies graduates, some of which are:

  • Counseling
  • Human Resources
  • Civil Service
  • Religious Organizations
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Museum Curation
  • Genealogist
  • Artist
  • Demographer
  • Clergy
  • Archivist
  • Creative Writer
  • Diplomatic Corp
  • Public Relations

Professional Disciplines & Graduate Studies. Your undergraduate degree in Religious Studies also provides an excellent foundation for law, journalism and education. The University of Lethbridge’s School of Graduate Studies offers graduate programs, at the Master and Doctoral levels, spanning over 60 disciplines — so why not consider pursuing grad school right here in Lethbridge! Whether you choose to do your advanced studies at uLethbridge or another institution, know that your undergraduate degree has set you on the path to post-graduate success.

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Sample Classes:

  • The Hindu Tradition
  • The Buddhist Tradition
  • East Asian Religions
  • Ancient Religions & Mythology
  • Christianity
  • Comparative Religions
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • The Bible

The department also encourages you to complete coursework in various other complementary disciplines, such as Anthropology, Archaeology, English, History, Native American Studies, Philosophy and Sociology. Religious Studies courses are also open to those who simply wish to take a course or two in religious studies to simply expand their knowledge.

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