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Bachelor of Religion
Bachelor of Religion

Bachelor of Religion

  • ID:UBC010049
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

  • Complete four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending UBC.

  • Complete four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC.

  • Achieve a final exam grade of 70% or better on the provincial examination portion of Alberta English Language Arts 30-1, BC English 12 (achieved August 2019 or earlier), or equivalents.

  • Achieve a final grade of 4 or better on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition or AP Literature & Composition; or achieve a final grade of 5 or better on International Baccalaureate English A (higher-level or standard-level).

  • Achieve the competence standard indicated by one of the tests of English language proficiency that evaluates skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

  • Successfully complete six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English-speaking country. You must submit a transcript showing completion of these courses by February 15. For students at North American post-secondary institutions registered in English courses in the January to April term, we will accept a final transcript showing completion of these courses until May 15, if there are spaces left in your degree.

  • Graduate from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principal language.

  • Attend four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC. You will need to submit a transcript as soon as possible to UBC’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.

  • Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC English Language Institute’s English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

  • CAELCanadian Academic English Language assessmentOverall 70Cambridge English QualificationsB2 First

  • C1 Advanced

  • C2 Proficiency180CELUBC Certificate in English600IELTSInternational English Language Testing System (Academic)6.5, with no part less than 6.0PTEPearson Test of English (Academic)Overall: 65

    • Reading: 60

    • Listening: 60

    • Writing: 60

  • Speaking: 60TOEFLTest of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (UBC’s institution code is 0965)Overall: 90

    • Reading: 22

    • Listening: 22

    • Writing: 21

    • Speaking: 21

Course Information

The Religion program provides a solid education in a range of disciplines, and on an interdisciplinary model, including knowledge of religious, literary, historical, cultural, anthropological, psychological, and sociological methodologies.

UBC’s Religion program is the only program designed to allow for the cross-cultural study of religion. Most classes on Western traditions are in the Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Department. Classes on Asian religions are offered in Asian Studies. The Religion program allows you to build a major with classes from both of these departments and beyond.

You will explore complex relationships in and among history, culture, language, and the practice of visual and performance art, and music. You can draw on wide resources of the Faculty of Arts to integrate the study of diverse religious traditions and the literary and artistic cultures in which they have functioned.

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Year 1:

  • RELG 101 - Introduction to the Western (Abrahamic) Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

  • ASIA 110 - Introduction to the Major Eastern Religions

  • MUSC 120 - History of Music I

Year 2:

  • ARTH 253 - Asian Architecture: Sacred and Urban Spaces

  • RELG 201 - Near Eastern and Biblical Mythology

  • RELG 203 - Scriptures of the Near East

  • ASIA 258 - Religion in South Asia

  • ANTH 220 - First Nations of British Columbia

Year 3:
  • RELG 307 - Sex, Lies, and Violence in the Hebrew Bible

  • ANTH 329 - Contemporary First Nations Issues

  • ASIA 377 - History of Korean Thought

  • CLST 312 - Women in the Roman World of Republican and Imperial Times

Year 4:

  • NEST 401 - Literature of Ancient Egypt or the Ancient Near East

  • ANTH 415 - Religion and Society

  • ENGL 417 - The Literature of the Bible

  • PHIL 410 - Topics in Ancient Philosophy

  • RELG 414 - The Gospels and the Historical Jesus

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Graduates of the Religion program go on to graduate school, teaching, work abroad, and more.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Medical Insurance: 500 CAD per year

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