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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Why Study Religion and Culture?

We live in a world of many religions and of diverse religious cultures. 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. 

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).

Religion and Culture at Laurier

If issues in Religion and Culture excite you, this program offers courses that provide an excellent basis for engaging debates. You'll discover and discuss issues about human rights, religious rights and freedoms, the status of women, identity and belonging, inter-group conflict and coexistence in a multicultural society.

Our popular first- and second-year intro courses explore the rich diversity of religious interactions with culture in many different regions of the world. Our fourth-year capstone course allows you to develop an individualized research project connected to your professional interests.

The department encourages students to take language courses, and up to 1.0 credit of language study at the senior level can count toward your Religion and Culture requirements.

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. 

Learn Online

This program is offered both as an on-campus degree and as a fully online degree, giving you the flexibility to choose how you want to learn and what works best with your lifestyle.

Study Abroad

This program encourages students to complement their degree with international experience. By offering upper-level courses without demanding prerequisites, by counting certain language courses toward the honours major, and by not requiring that you take specific courses in your third year, the Religion and Culture program makes it easier for you to study abroad for one or two semesters.

Past Religion and Culture majors have studied abroad in places such as France, England, and Japan.

Conduct Original Research

Funded by external grants earned with the help of Religion and Culture faculty members, students in this program have conducted independent research projects in the Britain, the United States, and elsewhere.

"The BA in Religion and Culture at Laurier was an enriching and inspiring undergraduate experience. The program's spirit of curiosity encouraged me to challenge my assumptions, find more questions than answers, analyze critically, write thoughtfully, and listen attentively. The small class sizes created an environment for engaging, meaningful conversations and debates not only with peer students, but also directly with professors."

– Elysia Guzik

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