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Queen's University

Welcome to Religious Studies!

Photo of students lying on grass studying in front of Time sculptureReligious Studies involves understanding the core values and beliefs that shape the world's cultures today.This involves examining the history of religious traditions, comparing the ideas and values of different religions, and understanding the function of religion in society. Students of religion use theories from anthropology, sociology, literary studies, and cognitive science to investigate why people are religious, where religion comes from, and how it should be defined and understood. Religious studies is multi-disciplinary in nature, global in scope, and uniquely focussed on one of the most intriguing aspects of the human experience.

We offer Minor, Medial and Major Plans for undergraduate students, a wide range of popular elective courses and a unique and innovative one-year MA Program in Religious Studies. We welcome students in our mission to advance knowledge of the world's religions and cultures at one of Canada's leading research universities.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES: Archaeology; education; commerce; international development; public relations; cultural affairs; foreign service; journalism; work in religious communities; and social services.

Please come and visit our department, or feel free to contact any of our faculty or our office with questions about our courses and programs.


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000