About Religious Studies
Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary field that covers a broad cross-section of what it means to be human, and how such questions have been answered throughout history and around the world. The program provides a strong basis for compassionate global citizenship and global cultural literacy. Together, we analyze fundamental questions relating to the meaning of human existence.
Why Study Religious Studies at StFX?
The StFX Religious Studies Department is growing, and in addition to traditional courses, innovative studies covering topics that range from ancient and modern mythology (superheroes) to cults and new religious movements are offered. Students learn from dedicated faculty who work in the areas of ethics, religion, and health, possess extensive knowledge in the study of mindfulness, and bring a strong ability to work in ancient languages and a variety of modern languages.
The department offers a wide range of courses dealing with both Western and Eastern religious traditions and cultures. Contemporary issues are also examined in various courses in connection with religions, and students are encouraged to become familiar with the primary texts (in translation) of various religions.
The Department's courses are intended for a broad range of undergraduate students who may complete a major, advanced major, or honours in religious studies. Students in other disciplines can expect their appreciation of those disciplines to be enriched through a study of religion.
First Year at a Glance
Religious Studies courses examine the relationship between religion, the individual, and society, recognizing that the answers provided by religions both shape and are shaped by societies. As a first-year student, you will study indigenous traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and contemporary religious movements.
Familiarity with the world’s religious traditions is increasingly essential in healthcare, government, or any public-facing or global field. A host of career options are associated with Religious Studies, including but not limited to:
- Education / Teacher
- International Development
- Social Worker