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Religion and Culture (BA)

 waterloo |  online

Understanding religion and culture is essential not just for being a global citizen in an age of interconnections, but also for being a well-informed citizen of Canada.

We live in a world of many religions and of diverse religious cultures, and the issues you learn in Religion and Culture courses provide an excellent basis for engaging debates about human rights, religious rights and freedoms, the status of women, identity and belonging, intergroup conflict, and coexistence in a multicultural society. It also provides a strong preparation for many different careers, as well as a basis for reflection on perennial questions of value and meaning.

You will learn essential, transferable skills to prepare you for a variety of professional careers: critical thinking, effective writing, competent oral presentation, interpersonal communication, and the conduct of advanced research (e.g., collecting data, assessing the state of knowledge, analyzing and evaluating diverse claims).

From our popular first- and second-year intro courses that explore the rich diversity of religious interactions with culture in many different regions of the world, to our fourth-year capstone course that allows students to develop an individualized research project connected to their professional interests, Religion and Culture students receive top-notched training in vital professional and life skills. Graduates of the Religion and Culture program include, but are not limited to, social workers, teachers, professors, counsellors, librarians, editors, government workers, community organizers, film makers, artists, and writers.

New for 2017: This program will now be offered as a fully online degree, in addition to the on-campus version that currently exists.

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Program Highlights

  • Our creative teaching and active-learning initiatives value individual growth and cultural diversity.
  • You’ll work with award-winning professors and researchers.
  • We offer interdisciplinary courses with local and international dimensions.
  • This program is offered on campus and as a fully online degree, giving you the flexibility to choose how you want to learn and what works best with your lifestyle.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Religions and Popular Culture
  • Love and its Myths
  • Evil and its Symbols
  • Food and Religion
  • Religion and Science


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities that allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Muslim Studies Option
  • Community Engagement Option

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