Undergraduate Program Information
The study of religion at Laurier involves the investigation and analysis of the roles of religion society and culture as well as in the lives of individuals. This includes textual traditions (as well as ancient languages), art and artifacts, oral traditions, rituals, psychological factors, social movements, and religious personalities from different geographical areas and historical periods, both ancient and modem.
Survey courses explore specific religious traditions such as Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism in their cultural contexts, and specific topics, such as the nature of religious experience and ritual. Advanced undergraduate seminars examine theoretical frameworks and methodologies, and allow students to do field work.
Currently, the Department has 166 majors. Graduates of the program have entered into diverse fields such as teaching, management, social work, counseling, archaeology and historical research. Several work abroad in nongovernmental organizations, or teaching. Others have chosen to pursue their interests further in MA and PhD programs, some becoming university professors.
First year students typically take two Religion and Culture courses, choosing the ones that suit their interest and timetable. All 100 level R&C courses are excellent entry points to the academic study of religion. Second and third year courses in our department have no prerequisites, which means that first year students need not worry about having to take "the right" 100-level courses. Some 200-level courses are open to first year students, in consultation with the department's Undergraduate Advisor.