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Religious Studies


NOTE that this page and its sub-pages are for informational and reference purposes only, as this program is no longer offered at the University of Sudbury.

As an academic discipline, Religious Studies does not promote nor undermine any particular religion or worldview; it approaches the study of religion as a social phenomenon, recognizing that religions have occupied a very central place in virtually all civilizations.  The program focuses on the relationship between religion and culture.

From the beginning of time, practically all societies throughout the world have developed values and beliefs that have had an impact on their development and in the way they interact amongst themselves.  The world's major religions, particularly, have played and still play a crucial role in the lives of people all over the planet.

The program is administered by a Joint Department of Religious Studies, comprised of each of the three departments of Religious Studies from the University of Sudbury, Huntington University and Thorneloe University.

What topics will be covered?
This program examines the variety of beliefs and behavior through which people around the world express spiritual impulses, both in formal religions and everyday life.  What do people believe is sacred?  What do they think is true about the meaning and purpose of existence?  How do they live out these beliefs in their day-to-day rituals and behaviour?

It may also allow you to find answers to questions such as: How does the environment affect each religion?  In what ways does religion shape culture?  What interpretation does religion give to ethical issues?

What values are gained?
An education in Religious Studies will help you develop critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, open-mindedness and clear communication skills.

This program will also offer a solid base of knowledge that will contribute to your success should you pursue Religious Studies at the graduate level, or can benefit you if you are interested in other fields such as history, literature, Indigenous Studies, etc.

Potential employment opportunities:

  • Political science
  • Law
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Medicine
  • And much more!

• J.C. Laughlin, B.A. (Regina), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster) 
• A. Krawchuk, B.A., B.Th. (McGill), L.Th. (Alfonsiana-Rome), Ph.D. (Saint-Paul)
• M. Mbonimpa, B.A. (Kinshasa, Zaire), M.Th. (Montréal), M.A., Ph.D. (Gregoriana, Rome), Ph.D. (Montréal)


"I think of the University of Sudbury as a large family that encourages growth and personal improvement.  Courses and faculty of the Department of Religious Studies allowed me to have an open mind to the world in which we live.  They taught me several world religions from a neutral point of view so that I can conclude my own opinions.  I will never forget my experience at the University of Sudbury."
- Audry Chabot, graduate

"Over the past four years, I have had the luxury of having 90% of my courses at the University of Sudbury.  I am a graduate of a double specialization in Native Studies and Sciences religieuses.  The University of Sudbury was not only school to me but also a place where I now feel that I have family.  The professors in both my disciplines had something extra...  They were not merely there to teach, but were mentors and friends.  I truly believe that my success is not only because of my hard work, but because of those professors' continuous support and guidance.  I had the very best experience studying at the University of Sudbury because the professors, secretaries and staff truly rooted for me and other students and would do anything to help us achieve our dreams." - Mélanie Smits, graduate