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Religious experience is an indispensable key to the understanding of human behaviour and thought. The Religious Studies Programme invites students to join in current scholarly efforts to identify and to understand different forms of religious experience from a number of disciplinary perspectives.

In the core course, students will learn how to use various analytical methods to explore the rich variety of the world's religious traditions. They may then, if they wish, concentrate on one religious tradition (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, etc.) or they may take a comparative approach. Students are expected to acquire breadth both in disciplinary approach and in subject matter.

Traditionally, Religious Studies has been a small programme, which emphasizes personal contact between its majors and the faculty participating in the programme.


  • Congratulations to Sarah Veale (a Classical Studies major), who is graduating this spring with a double major Classical Studies and Religious Studies,she will be joining the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion. Her master’s project, which will challenge existing models of religiosity in antiquity through the lens of Dionysiac associations, has been awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Sarah Veale was also awarded the F/W 2014-2015 York University Faculty Association Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship, which is given to students with the highest GPA in their faculties.

  • Congratulations to Alicia Turner for co-editing a special issue of the journal Contemporary Buddhism (vol. 14.1 dated May 2013) entitled "A Buddhist Crossroads." Alicia also was a SSHRC Insight Development grant for her project, "Buddhism Across Boundaries: Subaltern, Plebeian, and Peripheral Networks in Colonial Southeast Asia."

  • Congratulations to Tony Burke for the publication of his new book, Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha published by SPCK in Europe with a North American edition from Eerdmans due in November, 2013.

  • Congratulations to Tomer Sasson, winner of the 2013 Vanier College Convocation Prize in Religious Studies (The Vanier College Convocation Prize is awarded to a graduating student in Religious Studies with the highest GPA)