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Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Religion Bishop's University




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The Religion Department is a community of students and faculty engaged in the exploration of religion: the different ways faith is expressed and practiced, the historical and cultural contexts of religions and their texts, as well as the interconnections between religion and other areas of human life — philosophical thought, the psychological, social, political, and economic dimensions, and the presence of religion and religious symbols in literature and fine arts, etc. To encourage creative and independent thinking, we emphasize the study of primary texts, rather than simply reading what other people have written about those texts.

Discover the Religion Department

Our approach is not faith-based. We are not in the business of either promoting or demoting faith; appreciation and critical understanding are our common goals. As an integral part of the larger Bishop’s community, students from all disciplines are welcomed in Religion courses, and students in Religion are encouraged to take courses in other related fields such as Philosophy, Classical Studies, History, Liberal Arts, etc. These may be counted as cognate courses to the Religion Major or Honors program. In addition, students may pursue their particular interests through independent study courses.

Department strengths

Small class sizes. Students are individuals, not numbers — you really get to know your professors, and they you!

We place a premium on teaching well; Dr. Harvey White won the University’s Turner Award for teaching in 2007.

Several Religion courses are cross-listed to offer credits in Classical Studies, Philosophy, Liberal Arts and Political Studies.

Visits to places of worship (such as synagogues, monasteries, Hindu and Buddhist Temples, etc.) are often part of our courses.

Students have the opportunity to gain 6 credits participating in trips and archaeological excavations in Jordan, Greece and the American Southwest.

Religion courses help students develop their research and writing skills — very highly valued in today’s job market!

Some popular courses

Western Religions

Eastern Religions

Sex and Religion

Psychology of Religion

Politics and Religion

Film and Religion

Death and Dying in the Ancient World

Sociology of Religion

Women in Religion

Philosophy of Religion

Israelite Mythology and Cultic Practice

Philosophy of Religion and Theology

Did you know?

Department of Religion parties (for Religion faculty and students) take place each semester at a professor’s home.

Dr. Harvey White and Dr. Michele Murray have won the university-wide Turner award for outstanding teaching.

Dr. Daniel Miller has excavated in Israel and Jordan, has studied Ugaritic tablets in the Louvre Museum, and is an expert on The Simpsons.

Dr. Michele Murray is fluent in Modern Hebrew, has excavated in Israel and Jordan, and earned her commercial pilot’s license.

You can participate in an archaeological excavation in Jordan — and get Bishop’s University credits for it!

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Religion.

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees

CAN $816.67 per credit; Compulsory fee: CAN $1,569.69




Faculty of Arts and Science

2600 College Street,


Quebec (QC),

J1M 1Z7, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

International High School Students: You are considered an international high school student for admission purposes if you: are currently completing secondary school at a country outside of Canada or the USA; or you completed secondary school at a country outside of Canada or the USA within the last two years and you have not studied elsewhere since completing your secondary school studies

Admission Requirements General:

The following requirements should be used as a guideline to be considered competitive for admissions consideration. Each admission cycle, Bishop’s University receives more applications than spaces available. Meeting the minimum posted requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements may be considered on an individual basis. In those cases, the Admissions Office may request additional information in addition to that indicated below.

Normally have completed 12 years of formal schooling and received a secondary school credential that would permit you access to university in that country. If you are studying at or have graduated from secondary school in a country where secondary school finishes after only 11 years of formal schooling your application will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Minimum average required varies depending upon curriculum followed; transcripts are reviewed on an individual basis.

English language requirements: Complete a recognized English assessment with appropriate minimum score:
TOEFL minimum overall score of 237 (Computer-based) or 90 (Internet-based)

IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5

MELAB minimum overall score of 85

CAEL minimum overall score of 70

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of C

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) minimum score of C

Pearson Test of English: Academic (PTE: Academic) minimum overall score of 61

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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