The Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia offers three graduate programs: the M.A. in Religions and Cultures, M.A. in Judaic Studies and Ph.D. in Religion. These programs place emphasis on social-scientific and comparative approaches to religion; cultural, philosophical, and historical studies; and the investigation of texts and manuscripts. We are committed to impartial, scholarly investigation of religious phenomena, and to the idea that the understanding of any one religion and its traditions is enriched by thoughtful inquiries into other religions. Students in all programs are expected to gain competency in the theoretical approaches and methodologies used in the academic study of religion.
Our large, research-oriented faculty is able to offer graduate supervision in full disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth, supported by a world-class collection of libraries in Montréal. The Department's graduate programs provide advanced training in the study of major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) as well as traditions in particular regional contexts: Religions of Iran, Religions of South Asia, and Religions of China and Tibet.
The 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; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Graduate students are expected to develop expertise in multiple traditions or field areas. For example, a doctoral student might pursue research specialization in Medieval Judaism as well as Women, Gender, and Sexuality, or combine expertise in Islamic Studies, Religions of Iran, and Contemporary Religion and Popular Culture.