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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 29, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Religion and Culture is committed to creative teaching and strives to foster in its students the spirit of free inquiry, the determination to pose probing questions, and the critical skills and knowledge needed to study religion. R&C encourages the development of strong communication and writing skills. Graduates of the department include professors, teachers, social workers, counselors, librarians, editors, government workers, film makers, artists, religious leaders, and writers.

Religion and Culture supports three distinct degree programs: BA, MA and PhD. Students in the BA stream study formative human values in a wide variety of geographical areas, historical periods, and cultural contexts. Courses explore the large, multinational religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as indigenous traditions, global movements, and new religions. Classes examine both ancient and contemporary religious experience using data such as sacred texts, oral narratives, and works of visual or performing art.

At the graduate level, the department offers opportunities to pursue research and scholarly interests in a personalized environment that fosters a high standard of academic excellence. Our community of scholars ensures that MA and PhD graduates are well-prepared to identify, to think critically about, and to contribute to solving problems and issues facing their discipline and society at large.

The MA program can be completed in 12 months, or extended to include the writing of a thesis. It fosters the understanding of a wide range of approaches in the study of religion, including fieldwork.
The PhD program, jointly run with the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo, examines religious diversity of North America. It aims to train students professionally as both academics and public intellectuals.


Departmental Chair: Dr. Meena Sharify-Funk. Office: Dr. Alvin Woods Building, 2-119A. Phone 884-0710 ext. 3966 Email:

Undergraduate Adviser: Dr. Erich Fox Tree. Woods 2-124.  Phone 884-0710 ext. 4768.  Email:

Graduate Officer:  Dr. Jason Neelis . Office: Woods 2-110. Phone: 884-0710 ext. 4572. Email:

Senior Admin. Assistant: Sharon Lalor. Office: Woods 2-119. Phone: 884-0710 ext. 3330.


Congratulations to Professor Jason Neelis!

Dr. Jason Neelis is a recipient of the prestigious Collaborative Research Grant for Buddhist Rebirth Narratives in Literary and Visual Cultures of Gandhara, American Council of Learned Societies / Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, US Grant for 2015-2017.

Young Alumnus of the Year – Jason Shim ’07 

Recognizes the outstanding achievements by an alum of any Laurier program who is 30 years of age or younger.

Jason Shim is guided in his professional and volunteer work by his desire to make a “personal contribution to the betterment of society.” In his current role at Pathways to Education he is a role model for youth at risk of not graduating from high school, inspiring and motivating them to reach their full potential.

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