The study of religion is distinguished by the uniqueness of its subject matter and the diversity of its methods.

Its subject matter is global: the scriptures, institutions, teachings, rituals, devotions, iconography, and moral injunctions of all the world’s religious traditions.

It addresses this subject matter with the full range of investigative tools available by the various disciplines, especially modern historical and social-scientific human studies.


    Admission Information

    • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus

    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English, are required

    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


    Honours Bachelor of Arts Programs

    • Religion (specialist, major and minor options)
    • Buddhist Studies (specialist and major options)
    • Christian Origins (specialist)
    • Islamic Studies (major)


    First-Year Courses

    • RLG 100Y1 - World Religions


    Advice for First Year

    Students interested in studying religion should take RLG100Y1 - World Religions in first year.



    The study of religion prepares students for a wide range of careers (e.g. social work, law, politics from the local to the international level, teaching, medicine, leadership in religious organizations).

    Combined with appropriate language preparation, it can also open out into graduate work at the master's and doctoral levels.


    Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


    First Year