School of Religion

Frequently Asked Questions 

Fall 2020 & Winter 2021

Will all the courses I need to graduate be available?

We will make every effort to ensure you will be able to take the courses you need to complete your degree on time. If you are concerned that you won’t be able to take all the courses you need, please notify us through email.  

Will RELS students be missing out on certain in class experiences due to remote learning?

While you may not be sitting next to your classmates in the same room, our instructors have worked hard over the summer and are committed to providing you with an engaging online learning experience. Fall term courses have been completely redesigned with online learning in mind, and while the course syllabus may not look the same as in the past, each course has found ways to make it easy to interact with your peers and find community while you learn.

Am I required to have any preliminary knowledge of a course, before taking it? (ex. for RELS 393, how much of the Buddhist tradition must I know before taking the course)

While having some background knowledge or interest in the topic before taking the course can be beneficial, the only requirements a student must possess in order to take a class can be found here. If you have questions regarding a specific class please do not hesitate to reach out to our office or the professor of the course. 

Will Theological Hall be open? Will the study room on the 3rd floor be open for students to study?

Currently the doors to the building are still locked and the department staff and faculty are working from home. Right now, there is no determined time when Theological Hall will resume regular operating hours. While we understand some students wish to study in their department building we are following the strict guidelines set out by Public Health. Information regarding the opening of Theological Hall will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. 

Will the time slots that have been already allocated to winter semester courses change? If so how will this affect me being able to get into and properly schedule classes for the winter semester?

The Faculty office has advised our office that it is likely the winter semester timetable will change. When the confirmed timetable has been released later in Fall term we will work with all of our students to ensure that course conflicts are resolved and students are able to take the courses they have registered in. We understand this can be frustrating and concerning to enrol in a course without a guaranteed time, however we will do everything we can to ensure you are able to take the courses you need.

For even further information regarding Fall and Winter terms please review the Faculty of Arts and Science Information page