People’s religious beliefs and cultural orientations touch on the most fundamental aspects of human existence: health, illness and death; sexuality; gender roles; power dynamics; social relationships; and the search for meaning. In an increasingly interconnected world, the ability to fully respect and understand the religious and cultural realities of others is powerful indeed. By developing an informed appreciation of different cultures and values, you’ll position yourself to engage with the world as a truly global citizen – and gain insight into your own assumptions, as an individual and a member of a group. If you consider yourself a social activist, the programs in Religions and Cultures may be the place for you!
The study of religion at Concordia is characterized by a deep respect for diversity of culture, gender, and sexual orientation and by an emphasis on field work. You’ll have the opportunity to visit places of worship and meet people connected to Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism in Montreal. You will have the opportunity to study languages spoken across the world.
Letter of intent outlining the purpose and reason for selecting this program/discipline is needed when applying to Honours.
Honours programs: Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still availablefor the fall term only.
We encourage students to develop an understanding of multiple religious traditions in their regional and historical contexts. Whatever the student's special focus, the informed appreciation of the beliefs and values of multiple cultures is an essential dimension of education for today's world.
Our department is distinguished by its interdisciplinary field areas spanning multiple traditions, each supported by four or more members of the faculty:
Contemporary Religion and Popular Culture
Contemporary Theory, Ethics, and Philosophy
Religions and Cultures in Late Antiquity
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Explore the fields of study and the traditions that form our program curriculum.
You’ll be well-positioned to become an effective, high-impact professional in fields including law, medicine, international development, international business, journalism and social work. Our graduates have found success in:
Humanitarian work (NGOs)
Teaching English as a second language
Supporting the integration of refugees
Other Religions and Cultures students have also gone on to graduate studies in the field.