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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.13 Classics and Religion 4.13.9 BA Honours in Religious Studies
4.13.9 BA Honours in Religious Studies


Students must adhere to the applicable Faculty of Arts requirements in 3.4 Graduation.


Students must successfully complete a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 72 units (10-12 full-course equivalents) in the Field of Religious Studies while fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Western and Eastern Religions: 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) from the “Western Religions” Stream and 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) from the “Eastern Religions” Stream. (See note below.)

  2. Nature of Religion: 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) from the “Nature of Religions” Stream including at least 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) from Religious Studies 437 or 447.

  3. Research Methods: Religious Studies 377.

  4. Honours Thesis: Religious Studies 590.

  5. Religious Studies Options: 33 units (5.5 full-course equivalents) in the Field of Religious Studies.

  6. Inclusive of the courses used in requirements 1-5 above, at least 42 units (7.0 full-course equivalents) must be at the senior level (300 level and above) of which 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) must be at the 400 level or above.


Language Requirement: 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) in a language other than English.


The BA Honours in Religious Studies can be taken with Co-operative Education. See section 3.4.4 Co-operative Education Programs for information and requirements.


  • The lists of courses that fulfill the requirements for the “Eastern Religions” stream, the “Western Religions” stream and the “Nature of Religions” stream are located before the Religious Studies courses in the “Courses of Instruction” section of this calendar.
  • Religious Studies 201 and 203 are recommended.
  • By the beginning of a student's final year in the Honours program, a reading knowledge of a language other than English relevant to the topic of the Honours Thesis is normally required. Language courses labelled Religious Studies can be counted as part of the 60 units (10.0 full-course equivalents) in Religious Studies.
  • The Honours Thesis is written in Religious Studies 590, usually during the final year of a student's program, under the close supervision of a member of the Department. At the end of the year, the student defends the thesis before a committee that consists of three faculty members, of which normally at least two are members of the Department.
  • The Honours Thesis in suitable form is to be submitted by the first day of the final examinations scheduled by the Registrar in the Winter Term.
  • In planning their programs, students should bear in mind that language courses and some senior courses are not offered every year.