Department of Religion & Culture
Graduate Chair: Dr. Mary Ann Beavis
Graduate Secretary: Nadine Penner
Phone: (306) 966-5797Department of Religion & Culture
919 Arts Building
9 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5
Neil SchwartzM.A. Student
Religion and Culture
Religion & Culture
The Department of Religion and Culture is one of the core Humanities departments at the University of Saskatchewan, providing graduate students with opportunities to explore the world's religions through various interdisciplinary perspectives. Our course offerings demonstrate this breadth of perspectives, which range from focused explorations of particular religious traditions (e.g., Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity) to cross-cultural comparisons of religious views on such topics as leadership, non-violence, and death.
Students entering into the M.A. in Religion and Culture may opt for one of three areas of specialization: Western Religious Traditions, Eastern Religious Traditions or Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Students normally take two years to complete the degree. There is a second language requirement and the means by which students will meet this is determined at the time of admission.
Standard Graduate Studies Application.
The deadline for applications for a September start is January 31st. Interested applicants are strongly advised to contact the graduate chair.
FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The University of Saskatchewan provides a limited number of graduate scholarships amounting to $15,000 per twelve-month period to qualifying students. (An average of at least 80% must have been obtained in last two years of academic work). Academic Student Assistantships are available, payable on an hourly basis for work (not exceeding 8 hours per week) provided to faculty and the department. A limited number of Graduate Teaching Fellowships are available with expectations that student will teach one course or equivalent work in the academic year. Information on other potential internal and external funding opportunities will be provided.
An M.A. in Religion and Culture is an excellent base for students interested in careers such as administration, education, journalism, and public relations. Students who wish to continue with graduate study may choose a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or theological training.
For admission and degree requirements, please see the University Catalogue.
Program requirements will include a minimum of 15 cu of course work, with at least 9 cu completed in the first year; the additional 6 cu may be taken during the first or second year, as appropriate. Students also complete an M.A. thesis based on original research.
Before completing the M.A. degree, students are required to give evidence of a reading knowledge of at least one language, in addition to English, elected from the languages of modern scholarship and/or necessary source languages. To satisfy the language requirement students must pass a language requirement examination conducted by the department, involving the translation of a page of a source text, or an academic text in the student's area of research, of moderate difficulty, with the aid of a dictionary or lexicon. This requirement may also be satisfied by undergraduate standing with one full course (6 credit unit) in a specified language in which the student has earned a mark of 75% or higher.