Religion is a universal phenomenon expressed in many forms. It has been a vital and pervasive feature of human life throughout the course of history. Most people have experienced the influence of religious thinking, religious practices and religious institutions at some time in their lives. In the contemporary world, religion continues to be a significant force, shaping people's lives and influencing political and social outcomes.
Waikato's Studies in Religion programme provides an open-minded, cross-disciplinary investigation of religion. It draws on history, philosophy, politics, sociology and cultural studies to examine religious beliefs and practices, and develop insight, empathy and understanding into the religious elements of human existence.
Religion and culture are often intertwined, and your studies will provide a window into diverse cultures, past and present. Our programme combines religious studies papers with nominated papers from other subjects, enabling you to create a coherent programme of specialist study.
Study Studies in Religion in any of these qualifications
|World Religions: Origins and Development||RELS101||15.0 Points|
|World Religions: Contemporary Life and Practice||RELS102||15.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS296||20.0 Points|
|Religion, Superstition and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe||HIST208||20.0 Points|
|Contemporary Issues in Religion: Extremism and Terror||RELS202||20.0 Points|
|Interreligious Relations: Christianity and Islam||RELS205||20.0 Points|
|Studying Religion in Secular Society: Contemporary Perspectives||RELS206||20.0 Points|
|Islam: Religious Contours and Critical Issues||RELS215||20.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS396||20.0 Points|
|Religion, Superstition and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe||HIST308||20.0 Points|
|Philosophy of Religion||PHIL305||20.0 Points|
|War and Religion||POLS300||20.0 Points|
|Contemporary Issues in Religion: Extremism and Terror||RELS306||20.0 Points|
|Directed Study||RELS390||20.0 Points|
|Screen, Spirituality and Culture||SMST311||20.0 Points|
Studies in Religion is not currently a subject for graduate programmes. However, students may count 500 level RELS-coded papers towards their graduate programme in another subject, at the discretion of the Programme Convenor.
Studies in Religion is available as a major for the BA or BSocSc. Studies in Religion may also be taken as a second major or supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete a major in Studies in Religion, students must gain 120 points above 200 level in Studies in Religion, including RELS206 and at least 60 points above 200 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in Studies in Religion include RELS101 in the first year of their programme of study.
To complete a support in Studies in Religion, students must gain 70 points in Studies in Religion, including RELS101, RELS206 and at least 20 further points above 100 level.
Note(s): Before enrolling in the major, students will need to complete 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s). In 2017, students majoring in Studies in Religion may replace RELS206 with RELS202.
Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.