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School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2014-2015 
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Religious Studies

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The Department of Religious Studies offers work leading to both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Religious Studies, i.e., the systematic study of religious phenomena.

Enquiries: 905 525-9140 Ext. 23399
E-mail: relstud@mcmaster.ca
Website: http://www.religiousstudies.mcmaster.ca

Faculty/Fall 2014


James Benn, B.A., M.A. (Cambridge), M.A. (London), Ph.D. (U.C.L.A.)
Ellen E.F. Badone,
B.A., M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Berkeley)
P. Travis Kroeker,
B.A. (Winnipeg), M.A. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Chicago)
Eileen Schuller,
B.A. (Alberta), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Harvard)
Liyakat Takim,
B.Sc. (City), M.A. (Virgina), Ph.D. (London)
Stephen R. Westerholm,
M.A. (Toronto), D.Th. (Lund)

Associate Professors

Shayne Clarke, B.A., M.A. (Canterbury), Ph.D. (U.C.L.A.)
Dana Hollander, B.A. (Oberlin), M.A., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins)
Daniel A. Machiela, B.B.A. (Grand Valley), M.A. (Jerusalem),Ph.D. (Notre Dame)
Zdravko Planinc, B.A., M.A. (York), A.M., Ph.D. (Harvard)
Celia Rothenberg, B.A. (Wellesley College), M.A. (Oxford),Ph.D. (Toronto)
Mark Rowe, B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (Princeton)
Anders Runesson, B.A., M.Div., Lic. Theol., M.A., Ph.D. (Lund)
Peter J. Widdicombe, B.A. (Manitoba), M.Phil. (Oxford), M.Div.(Toronto), D.Phil. (Oxford)

Adjunct Members

James Diamond, B.A. (Toronto), LL.B. (Osgoode Hall), LL.M. (New York), M.A. , Ph.D. (Toronto)


The Department offers graduate work in seven areas of study, distributed among three fields:

Asian: Buddhism
  East Asian Religions
Biblical: Early Judaism
  Early Christianity
Western: Religion and Politics
  Religion and the Social Sciences
  Western Religious Thought

In order that all graduate students have the opportunity to develop both depth and breadth in their courses of study, candidates for M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are normally required to choose one major area of study and one minor area of study from the above list of seven areas.

To ensure acquaintance with the range of religious studies, and to facilitate dialogue and communication among all members of the department, all graduate students are required to have upon entry, or to acquire in the early stages of their program, some familiarity with the breadth of religious studies including both Eastern and Western religious traditions.

Upon arrival, each M.A. and Ph.D. candidate will meet with faculty members from the field in which the student’s major area of study is located (see list above), who will advise the student on choice of advisory committee members, minor area of study, course work, and other requirements.


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