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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
November 23, 2014
 
 
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Program & Registration Information



Religion and Culture at WLU

Undergraduate Advisor: Alex Damm, adamm@wlu.ca

Students of religion and culture study formative human values in a wide variety of geographical areas, historical periods, and cultural contexts. Courses explore the large, multinational religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as indigenous traditions, global movements, and new religions.

Topics important to the academic study of religion include: symbol, myth, ritual, religious and ethnic identity, cosmology, sacred space and time, revelation, religious experience, sacred texts, and religious institutions.

Classes examine both ancient and contemporary religious experience using data such as sacred texts, oral narratives, and works of visual or performing art.

The department encourages the development of strong communication and writing skills. Professors use lectures, seminars and discussions, as well as workshops, films, debates and exercises, to broaden students’ experience. Faculty members in the department are committed to creative teaching and strive to foster in their students the spirit of free inquiry, the determination to pose probing questions, and the critical skills and knowledge needed to study religion.

Graduates of the department have become professors, teachers, social workers, counsellors, writers, editors, government workers, film makers, artists, religious leaders, and librarians.

The undergraduate and graduate officers, the director of the PhD, and the chair are responsible for academic counselling. Students are also encouraged to consult with other Religion and Culture faculty members.

What is distinctive about Religion and Culture at Laurier?

  • small classes
  • traditional (e.g., history of Christianity; Zen Buddhism) and non-traditional (e.g., indigenous religions; ritual and magic) areas of study
  • diverse learning situations (e.g., field work, lectures, seminars)
  • respect for differing points of view
 
*NEW* R&C Degree Requirements for Students starting Sept. 2009

Honours BA Religion and Culture

The Honours Religion and Culture program consists of 20.0 credits, of which at most 6.0 credits may be at the 100 level (refer to exception below). A minimum of 10.0, but no more than 15.0, of the 20.0 credits must be Religion and Culture credits, at least 9.0 of which must at the senior level.

Core requirements:
RE100 and 101, or RE212*.
RE207, RE307, RE308, RE407*, and one other 400-level seminar course.

The core requirements also include a minimum of 2.0 R&C credits distributed across at least three of the following four areas:

  1. African Religions, Indigenous Religions and New Religious Movements: RE211, RE265, RE285, RE318
  2. Christianity: RE201, RE215, RE216, RE236, RE335, RE432
  3. Judaism, Islam and Bahá'í: RE200, RE204, RE213, RE214, RE227, RE304, RE306, RE338, RE377
  4. Asian Religions: RE246, RE250, RE251, RE255, RE298, RE321, RE337, RE424, RE455

Additional credit requirements:
A minimum of 4.0 and no more than 9.0 additional R&C credits.

Religion and Culture Minor

The Religion and Culture Minor consists of 3.0 Religion and Culture credits, including RE207 and at least 1.5 additional senior RE credits.

Honours BA Religion and Culture in Combination with another Honours BA Program

The Combined Honours Religion and Culture degree has the same core requirements as the single honours degree, with a minimum of 2.0 and a maximum of 4.0 additional credit requirements. A minimum of 8.0, but no more than 10.0, of the 20.0 credits in a combined honours must be Religion and Culture credits, at least 7.0 of which must be at the senior level.

Core requirements:
RE100 and 101, or RE212*.
RE207, RE307, RE308, RE407*, and one other 400-level seminar course.

The core requirements also include a minimum of 2.0 R&C credits distributed across at least three of the following four areas:

  1. African Religions, Indigenous Religions and New Religious Movements: RE211, RE265, RE285, RE318
  2. Christianity: RE201, RE215, RE216, RE236, RE335, RE432
  3. Judaism, Islam and Bahá'í: RE200, RE204, RE213, RE214, RE227, RE304, RE306, RE338, RE377
  4. Asian Religions: RE246, RE250, RE251, RE255, RE298, RE321, RE337, RE424, RE455
 
What are the degree requirements for students prior to Sept 2009

The Honours Religion and Culture program consists of 20.0 credits, of which at most 6.0 credits may be at the 100 level. A minimum of 10.0, but no more than 15.0, of the 20.0 credits must be in Religion and Culture courses, including:

RE300, RE400, courses from Group I, Group II and Group III below, together with at least 1.0 400 level credit in addition to RE400 (this 1.0 credit may also be used to satisfy the Group I or Group III requirement).

Group I: Religious Traditions Of the World
A minimum of 1.5 credits must be distributed among at least three of the following five categories:
African Religions, Indigenous Religions and New Religious Movements:RE211, RE265, RE285, RE318
Ancient Near-Eastern and Mediterranean Religions: RE200, RE205/AR205, RE206/AR206, CL262/RE262, RE421/AR421, RE444
Christianity: RE201, RE215, RE216, RE301, RE335, RE356, RE432
Judaism, Islam and Bahá'í: RE204, RE213, RE214, RE227, RE304
Asian Religions: RE246, RE250, RE251, RE255, RE298, RE321, RE424, RE455

Group II: Thematic and Comparative
A minimum of 1.0 credit must be taken from:
RE103, RE104, RE202, RE203, RE208, RE212*, RE220, RE224, RE228, RE230, RE233, RE235, RE236, RE248, RE296, RE312, RE313, RE319, RE328, RE330, RE331, RE332, RE333, RE336, RE337, RE340, RE344, RE366, RE372, RE377

Group III: Approaches to the Study of Religion and Research Tools
A minimum of a 0.5 credit must be taken from:
RE100, RE101, RE105, RE106, RE209/PP209, RE241, RE242, RE275, RE316, RE320, RE348, RE380/SY380, RE456*, RE476, RE477*

Combined Honours

The R&C Combined Honours (R&C in combination with another program) has the same requirements as the Single Honours, with one exception: a minimum of 8.0 (rather than 10.) R&C credits are required.

Religion and Culture Minor

A minor in Religion and Culture requires 3.0 Religion and Culture credits, at least 2.0 of which must be at the senior (200+) level.

 
Information for ALL students regarding registration

Please note the following days for returning students wanting to register for

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There have been several change in Arts that affect you:

i) Honours progression requirements concern the average (grade point average) needed to progress from year to year.  You now require a gpa of 5 in Religion and Culture, and a gpa of 5 overall to progress (a C average).  However, to graduate with an Honours Religion and Culture degree, you must have a gpa of 7 (B-) in Religion and Culture courses, and a gpa of 5 overall (major and other courses combined).  If you are going into 4th year and your Religion and Culture gpa is above 5 but below 7 you may wish to discuss your best options with the undergraduate advisor.

ii) General progression requirements are: you need a 4 (or C-) overall, and 4 in Religion and Culture to progress.  You must have an average of 5 (C) in Religion and Culture to graduate with a General degree.  If you are in the General degree, you may remain in it.  As of September 2007, students will not be admitted to a General BA with a designated major.

iii) A new program designation, General BA in Arts with no designated major is now possible.  This may be given to students who fail to meet the required gpa's for the other two programs. GPA requirements for this degree are: an overall gpa of 4 (C-). For further information please click here /calendars/program.php?cal=1&d=627&p=1157&s=263&y=33.

 

Related Information Title Type
2009 Religion and Culture Student Counseling Form for Students Starting Sept 2009 Document
2005 Religion and Culture Student Counseling Form Document