at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

The Program in the Study of Religion provides a solid education in a variety of religions from a number of disciplinary perspectives. It incorporates different regions and historical periods while allowing you to focus on the religious traditions of your choice. You'll discover a range of approaches to religion, including literary, historical, cultural, anthropological, psychological, and sociological methodologies.

Why this program?

  • Attend program-sponsored colloquia and social events.
  • Develop a coherent area of expertise by choosing from different historical and cultural frameworks.
  • Participate in a dynamic senior seminar with distinguished faculty to conclude the program.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

UBC’s Program in the Study of Religion is the only UBC program designed to allow for the cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary study of religion. It allows you to build a major with three core classes within the program, and take additional courses from departments throughout the Faculty of Arts.

The program is ideal for students who are interested in understanding the role of religions in world history, global cultures, society, and the arts, and in learning how religions have been studied.

Campus features

UBC has study exchange agreements with 175 universities in 42 countries, able to support exchange in every area of cultural interest.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

This program lets you study religion in a contemporary context, as well as its history. By understanding religion's expressive forms, you can understand the diversity, dynamism, and staying power of religion today.

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Your future

Graduates of the Program in the Study of Religion can go on to graduate school, teaching, public sector work, work abroad, and more.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Second Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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