Studies in Religion

Study systems of religious belief and practice, and examine the religious dimension of human existence in all its diversity when you take the interdisciplinary Studies in Religion programme at Waikato.

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

100 level

200 level

300 level

Work PlacementFASS39620.0 Points
Religion, Superstition and Witchcraft in Early Modern EuropeHIST30820.0 Points
Philosophy of ReligionPHIL30520.0 Points
Directed StudyRELS39020.0 Points
Screen, Spirituality and CultureSMST31120.0 Points

Graduate Study

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.


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