Welcome to Religious Studies at StFX, where students can analyze fundamental questions relating to the meaning of human existence. This is a program of study sure to interest students associated with a particular religious tradition, as well as those with no formal religious traditions.
Many students go on to pursue a graduate degree in Religious Studies or theology with the intention of becoming priests, ministers, or university professors of religion or theology. Religious Studies graduates also have an excellent chance of obtaining teaching positions in Roman Catholic school systems throughout Canada, the U.S. and abroad.
the first Year
A first-year student may take Introduction to Christianity, World Religions, Religion, Spirituality and Health, plus four other arts courses. Collectively, these courses examine the place of Christianity among world religions, in particular its relationship to Judaism and Islam; the Bible; the history of Christianity, Christian beliefs and practices; Hinduism; Buddhism; Taoism; Confucianism; Shinto; and they way their belief systems have impacted the world.
Students may pursue Religious Studies as a major, advanced major, or honours with celtic studies, English, history, modern languages, philosophy, or psychology as the subsidiary subject.
The Religious Studies Department is growing and, in addition to traditional courses, offers innovative studies covering topics that range from the paranormal to cults and new religious movements. In the past, StFX students have had the opportunity to travel to the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities to present papers, and the department is now developing a partnership with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, which helps foster dialogue between India and Canada.