Explore the history of religions that have inspired art, wars, writings and followings. Delve into the philosophies and writings of some of the most influential religious figures of all time — Jesus, Buddha, Isaiah and Moses, Confucius, Mohammed, Krishna, St. Francis of Assisi, Gandhi, the Dalai Lama and more. Study biblical languages and original texts. Investigate the roles of religion in modern society and analyze religious thought and expression in history, politics, literature, art and music.
Religion evokes humanity's most powerful and transformative symbols, emotions and experiences. For this reason, it is an extremely vital and sometimes dangerous force in our world. As a Religious Studies student at the University of Alberta, you experience classes from a wide variety of disciplines, examining various religions of the world from a non-denominational perspective.
Some students ask if they need to be “religious” to take Religious Studies. The answer is no. Religious Studies is not theology. Courses are open to everyone, whether they have strong religious beliefs or not. In Religious Studies, all ways of being religious are treated equally: with disciplined and critical intellectual wonder. All that is required is an intellectual curiosity about religion in history and society.
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
1-22 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5
Tel: (780) 492-9557