Religious Studies

Why study Religious Studies at Dal?

Develop a cross-cultural understanding

Many societies and people around the world organize their lives within the framework of religious beliefs and practices. You'll explore religious texts and traditions in a rigorous academic environment. With lively, interesting courses in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and many other topics, there is much to engage the curious, questioning student.

As with any discipline in the humanities, taking Religious Studies at Dalhousie may strengthen, broaden, or challenge your personal beliefs. In our courses, you’re encouraged to be open to the intellectual adventure available to you.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies program
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January



What will I learn?

Religious Studies is an academic discipline that examines the world's religious cultures and expressions, both historical and contemporary. It involves the study of religious institutions, rituals, forms of social organization, theology, philosophy, mythology and artistic expression.

Sample courses:

  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: The Abrahamic Religions
  • Hindu, Muslim, Sikh: Identity, Culture and State in Pre-Colonial South Asia
  • Ecology and Religion

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.



Careers and future study

Those studying Religious Studies often pursue careers within universities and post-secondary educational environments. However, the cultural fluency provided by Religious Studies is highly valued in many career environments where effective interaction with the public is necessary. Career possibilities include (further study might be required):

  • university professor
  • social worker
  • policy advisor
  • research assistant
  • minister or other religious leader


Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in divinity studies or counseling. Or you might choose a professional program such as law.



Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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