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Religious Studies - Program Requirements

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Two majors are available in the department of Religious Studies: Biblical Studies and Religious Studies.

Biblical Studies is designed to give students the opportunity to study the Christian Bible literarily, historically, and theologically. Study of biblical languages is a requirement of the Biblical Studies major. The second-temple period will also be a subject of study for this major, since knowledge of this period is important for understanding the New Testament.

Religious Studies covers the phenomenon of Christianity from various perspectives including its origins, its historical manifestations, and its philosophical assertions. Students of Religious Studies will also be able to compare and contrast the Christian faith to other religions and to explore the various social scientific connections to acting religiously.

Through lively classroom discussions and in-depth personal study, religious studies students gain a fresh perspective on their faith that will serve them well throughout life and may lead to additional study in seminary or graduate school.

The second digit in the Religious Studies courses indicates the general content of the course. Courses with second digits at or below three indicate a course with biblical focus or orientation. Those courses with second digits at or above 8 reflect a broader religious focus. Those courses with second digits between 4 and 7 have a focus on Christian studies.

Majors

Biblical Studies Major (BA)

A Major in Biblical Studies is 42 credit hours earned as follows:

  • 3 from RS1003
  • 3 from RS1403
  • 3 from RS2003
  • 3 from RS2033
  • 3 from RS2613
  • 15 from 3000/4000 Biblical Studies Electives (second digit of 3 or below)
  • 6 from 4000 Biblical Studies Electives (second digit of 3 or below)
  • 6 from Religious Studies Electives (second digit of 3 or below)

In addition, Biblical Studies majors must take these cognate courses: HI3213, HI3223, and 6 credit hours in a Biblical language.

Religious Studies Major (BA)

Major in Religious Studies is 42 credit hours earned as follows:

  • 3 from RS1003
  • 3 from RS1403
  • 3 from RS2003
  • 3 from RS2033
  • 3 from RS2613
  • 3 from RS2823
  • 9 from Religious Studies Perspective Electives: Three credit hours from each of the following four perspectives: historical, philo­sophical, comparative, and social scientific.
  • 9 from Christian Studies Electives (second digit between 4 and 7)
  • 6 from 4000 Religious Studies or Christian Studies Electives (second digit between 4 and 9)
  • In addition, Religious Studies majors must take PH1003.

Honours

Biblical Studies Honours (BA)

Honours in Biblical Studies is 54 credit hours earned as follows:

  • 3 from RS1003
  • 3 from RS1403
  • 3 from RS2003
  • 3 from RS2033
  • 3 from RS2613
  • 6 from RS4996
  • 27 from Biblical Studies Electives (second digit of 3 or below)
  • 6 from 4000 Biblical Studies Electives (second digit of 3 or below)

In addition, Biblical Studies majors must take these cognate courses: HI3213, HI3223, and 6 credit hours in a Biblical language.

Religious Studies Honours (BA)

Honours in Religious Studies is 54 credit hours earned as follows:

  • 3 from RS1003
  • 3 from RS1403
  • 3 from RS2003
  • 3 from RS2033
  • 3 from RS2613
  • 3 from RS2823
  • 6 from RS4996
  • 9 from Religious Studies Perspective Electives: Three credit hours from each of the following four perspectives: historical, philo­sophical, comparative, and social scientific.
  • 12 from Christian Studies Electives (second digit between 4 and 7)
  • 6 from 4000 Religious Studies or Christian Studies Electives (second digit between 4 and 9)
  • In addition, Religious Studies majors must take PH1003.

Minors

Christian Studies Minor (BA, BBA, BSc, BA&Sc)

Bachelor of Arts Minor in Christian Studies is 18 credit hours earned as follows:

  • 3 from RS1003
  • 3 from RS1403
  • 3 from RS2003
  • 3 from RS2033
  • 6 from Biblical or Christian Studies Electives (course number with second digit equal to or lower than 7)

Bachelor of Business Administration Minor in Christian Studies is 18 credit hours earned as follows:

  • 3 from RS1003
  • 3 from RS1403
  • 3 from RS2003
  • 3 from RS2033
  • 3 from BU4053
  • 3 from Biblical or Christian Studies Elective (course number with second digit equal to or lower than 7)

Bachelor of Science Minor in Christian Studies is 18 credit hours earned as follows:

  • 3 from RS1003
  • 3 from RS1403
  • 3 from RS2003
  • 3 from RS2033
  • 3 from RS3713

3 from Biblical or Christian Studies Elective (course number with second digit equal to or lower than 7)

Religious Studies Minor (BA, BBA, BSc)

Minor in Religious Studies is 18 credit hours earned as follows:

  • 3 from RS1003
  • 3 from RS1403
  • 3 from RS2003
  • 3 from RS2033
  • 6 from 2000/3000/4000 Religious Studies non-Bible Electives

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