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October 21, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Religion & Culture

Religion and Culture at Laurier 

Studying Religion and Culture at Laurier will allow you to explore the roles of religion in various societies and cultures as well as in the lives of individuals. This includes close analysis of 

  • textual translations 
  • art and artifacts 
  • oral traditions 
  • rituals 
  • psychological factors 
  • social movements 
  • religious personalities

Program highlights 

  • Small classes allow students close interaction with professors and provides them with a more personal learning environment. 
  • Faculty members in the department use a variety of teaching methods — lectures, seminars, workshops and extensive use of audio-visual material — to enhance and broaden the educational experience.
  • In consultation with faculty advisors, students may construct specialized programs to meet a variety of needs such as preparation for graduate studies, teaching, and involvement in governmental and nongovernmental organizations around the world. 
  • Religion and Culture students are strongly encouraged to take a least one university-level credit in a foreign language

Courses offered 

First Year Courses

  • Religions of the Americas - Indigenous, African and European OR Asian and Middle Eastern
  • Love and its Myths
  • Evil and its Symbols
  • Religion and Cinematic Culture

Interesting Courses

  • Cults, Sects and New Religious Movements 
  • Apocalypticism

Admission requirements 

Honours BA Religion and Culture

4U Requirements IB Requirements  Admission Range
English at 60%  HL or SL English at 4 

Mid 70s

IB Minimum score: 28 


Religion and Culture graduates have become 

  • professors 
  • teachers
  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • writers
  • editors
  • government workers
  • film makers
  • artists
  • religious leaders
  • librarians

Faculty experience 

000_SharifyFunk_headshot.jpgSince joining Laurier in 2007, Dr. Meena Sharify-Funk has taken her students on a journey. The subject matter can be anything from the religious heritage of Islam to the religions and cultures of the Middle East. Students can always expect to come away knowing more than they ever anticipated. Sharify-Funk truly enjoys teaching and being a part of the Religion and Culture program. In her first year of teaching she was awarded the WLUSU Golden Hawk Teacher of the Year Award. “I love the students,” she says. “I feel uniquely privileged to be a part of the Laurier community.

"It is so humbling to be in the company of future scholars. As I usually state on my first day of classes, our students with their creative initiative, curious intellect and unlimited drive will help humanity to the next level of imagination.”

Sharify-Funk was selected to participate in and receive a fellowship for the Wabash Center for Teaching Theology and Religion’s 2008-2009 Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty Workshop, and was chosen by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society to be one of the 2009-2010 Contemplative Fellows. She is also the coordinator of the new Muslim Studies Option in the Faculty of Arts. This option closely aligns with her research interests, which include contemporary Muslim thought and identity, debates on the status of women in the Muslim world, transnational networking among Muslim activists, and Islamic mysticism’s impact on Muslim social values.