Faculty of Humanities : Religion, Culture and Society Program
The Religion, Culture and Society Program focuses on the place and function of religions in society-today and in the past. Formal study of the religious traditions that one finds throughout the world and throughout history is widely considered to be an integral part of humanistic studies. Through the exploration of both traditional and spiritual dimensions of religion, the program looks at the important role that religion plays in the social, political and artistic spheres of most human societies. Our program reflects the growing diversity of belief systems within Canada, emphasizing the need to understand differences and similarities among religions in our increasingly interconnected world.
Religion, Culture and Society offers Major, General and Minor programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Students may also undertake the Major in Religion, Culture and Society together with a Major Program in another department (see Double Major Program), or with a Major in another faculty (see Interfaculty Program). By completing the requirements for the General Program together with a Major or Honours Program in another department or faculty, students may obtain a Minor (see Minor Program).
Students interested in pursuing a program in Religion, Culture and Society should consult with the Program Director, c/o Faculty of Humanities Interdisciplinary Office, Clearihue D264.
The Religion, Culture and Society Major requires 6 units of courses at the 100 or 200 level and 15 units at the 300 or 400 level.
RS 200A Introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RS 200B / PAAS 204 Introduction to Asian Religions
RS 401 Topics in Religious Studies or RS 403 Studies in Religion and Society
RS 450 Capstone Seminar
Religion, Culture and Society may be taken as part of a General Program or, as a Minor, together with an Honours or Major program in another department or faculty. If any upper-level course forms part of the student’s Honours, Major, or General program, it cannot be used to fulfill the requirements for the Minor in Religion, Culture and Society.
RS 200A Introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RS 200B / PAAS 204 Introduction to Asian Religions
See <www.uvic.ca/humanities/religious> for a list of courses that are available each year.