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Religions and Cultures (BA)

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Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Program type
Major, Minor, Honours
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Religions and Cultures?

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.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Honours in Religions and Cultures (60 credits)
  • Major in Religions and Cultures (42 credits)
  • Minor in Religions and Cultures (24 credits)


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: DEC (Honours: 28)
  • High School: C+ (Honours: B+)
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C (Honours: B+)
  • Bacc. français: 11 (Honours: 14)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26 (Honours: 31)

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:

Additional requirements for admission (Honours)

  • 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.

After your degree

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
  • Psychology
  • Supporting the integration of refugees
  • Public advocacy

Other Religions and Cultures students have also gone on to graduate studies in the field.

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