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Major/Minor in Religion and Theology

Gain critical knowledge and skills for understanding the way religious and theological issues have evolved and continue to influence contemporary life and culture, in a context that encourages discussion, reflection, and research.  Even if you’re not religious, studying religion can help you understand the complex world we live in.

Religious beliefs and practices can have a huge impact on how individuals and groups make social, economic, and political decisions, and it's important for Leaders with Heart to understand these complex issues to make well-informed, compassionate and effective decision.

Alumni Stories

The study of religion and theology enables students to dig deeper and find out about the literature, history and current practices of religions around the world. By developing their understanding of such a significant and complex area of influence for humanity, alumni who pursue this area of study are well positioned to work all over the world in positions of leadership.

Learn how Huron has helped empower religion and theology students to more effectively navigate conversations, situations and social change. If you see yourself in the stories of these Leaders with Heart, consider exploring this area of study more thoroughly to determine if it's the right fit for you.

  • When you have a Philosophy degree, you can do anything you want with it. I feel pretty strongly about a Liberal Arts education
    Dave Beeston, BA'01
    Executive Vice President, Boston Red Sox
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  • I think that when you work extremely hard for something - I've started to learn this over the last few years, really - the sky is the limit
    Ali Budd BA' 04
    Founder & CEO, Ali Budd Interiors
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Major and Minor in Religion and Theology Program Modules

Major in Religion and Theology

Admission Requirements  
Completion of first-year requirements. 1.0 course from 1000-level Religious Studies courses (RS1010f and RS1015g) is recommended.  
  
Module  
6.0 courses:  
1.0 course Religious Studies 2130 (Living Religions)  
1.0 course from:  RS1029 (New Testament Greek), RS 2124F/G (Introduction to the New Testament), Hebrew 1040A/B (Biblical Hebrew), RS 2420F/G (Introduction to the Hebrew Bible),   
Arabic 3260A/B (Qur’anic Arabic), RS 2310F/G (Introduction to the Qur’an)  
1.0 additional course in Theological Studies and/or Religious Studies at the 2000 level or above.  
3.0 additional courses in Theological Studies and/or Religious Studies at the 3000 level or above.  

Minor in Religion and Theology

Admission Requirements  
Completion of first-year requirements. 1.0 course from 1000-level Religious Studies courses (RS 1010f and RS 1015g) is recommended.  
  
Module  
4.0 courses  
1.0 course from Theological Studies and/or Religious Studies 2130.  
1.0 course from:  RS1029 (New Testament Greek), RS 2124F/G (Introduction to the New Testament), Hebrew 1040A/B (Biblical Hebrew), RS 2420F/G (Introduction to the Hebrew Bible),   
Arabic 3260A/B (Qur’anic Arabic), RS 2310F/G (Introduction to the Qur’an)  
2.0 courses in Theology Theological Studies and Religious Studies at the 2000 level or above  
(Course numbers ending in a/b/f/g are 0.5 courses.)  

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Huron has launched a brand new program to better serve the needs an interests of our diverse student population. For those of you who aren't familiar with the difference between religion and theology, here's a simple comparison:

  • Religious Studies tends to look at different religions from around the world, comparing and contrasting them to deal with questions like, "What is religion?" and how do practices, views and literature compare between different belief systems?

 

  • Theology takes more of a deep dive into particular religions, so you can develop a specific and fulsome understanding of what that religion is composed of and how it affects followers

Engage with this program to explore both of these exciting avenues of religious and theological contemplation. You'll learn to successfully and compassionately navigate complex cultural and social situations, as well as gain a deeper appreciation for the trials and tribulations faced by minority groups who refused to concede to corruption in order to protect their beliefs.

Religion and Theology Studies Professors

Our professors are delighted about this new program offering: they can't wait to support a broader range of students to discover the value of theological and religious investigation. No matter where you come from or what you believe, our professors are confident they will help you develop transferrable skills that will help you Lead with Heart in your local and global communities. Prepare to be challenged by educators who are passionate about critical analysis, character development and fostering enlightening conversations. Bring your boldest ideas to your classes and prepare to develop new perspectives that better reflect our ever-changing world. 

  • We look forward to welcoming students who are seeking a rigorous, inclusive and stimulating theological education. Huron has a proud 155-year history of developing extraordinary leaders who have the ability to inspire others to find their way - even amidst an increasingly complex world.
    The Rev. Canon Todd Townshend, ThD
    Dean, Theology
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  • My goal in teaching is to help people understand the New Testament and the origins of Christianity in ways that are both historically sensitive (so, not anachronistically) and culturally engaged (so, not ethnocentrically).
    Daniel A. Smith, PhD
    Clark and Mary Wright Professor of New Testament Theology
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  • My teaching aim is to introduce, broaden, and enrich students' knowledge of Christian liturgical studies. Liturgy encompasses many different disciplines in addition to engaging students in both academic research and pastoral application.
    The Rev. Lizette Larson-Miller, PhD
    Huron-Lawson Chair of Pastoral Theology
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Major and Minor in Religion and Theology Careers

Our Theology graduates are ready to inspire citizens around the world. Whether they want to support people to find their faith or they want to become a potent Leader with Heart in a corporate or community position, our alumni have the heightened perspective, relationship-building skills and leadership qualities to make positive differences in any work environment. 

Learn about where the study of theology and religion can take you. Trust that Huron's unique learning environments and legacy of teaching excellence will create the ideal educational setting for your journey toward enhanced understanding of the power, influence and issues particular to this exciting area of study.

Where will a degree in Theology take you?
  • Clergy
  • Minister
  • Politician
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Professor
  • Writer
  • Philosopher
  • Theologian
  • Lobbyist
  • Community advocate/activist
  • Global development agent
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Key Contacts

Sandra Rice

Assistant to the Dean of Theology
519.438.7224 ext. 289
sricehuron.uwo.ca
A120

Todd Townsend, ThD

Dean, Faculty of Theology
519.438.7224 ext. 289
ttownshehuron.uwo.ca
A118

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