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RELIGION at the U of M


As a religion student in the Faculty of Arts, you will learn about all major world religions as both historical and living traditions. The department studies religious languages, world-views, ethical systems, practices, organizations and institutions as historically connected in complex ways to the cultures and societies in which they operate. Along with the study of traditions in the context of religion, the department offers opportunities to study from a variety of thematic perspectives such as: evil, food, death, dance, sexuality, storytelling, violence, etc.

In cooperation with St. Paul’s College, the department of religion offers an arrangement of courses with special emphasis in Catholic studies as an option for students intending to major or minor in religion.

Skills you will gain by studying RELIGION

  • An understanding of religion as historically connected in complex ways to the cultures and societies in which they operate
  • The ability to apply historical and contemporary approaches to the interpretation of religious texts
  • The ability to engage respectfully with different perspectives and points of view
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing


This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours



Course requirements:
6 credit hours in religion courses

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Register for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Religion Students Association, Arts Student Body Council and UMSU.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program or Student Leadership Development Program.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg.


Considering international opportunities?
Attend International Week in February for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit the Jesuit Centre for Catholic Studies, the Rady Jewish Community Centre or learn about local agencies via the 211 Manitoba.


Year 2 - 60 credit hours



Course requirements:
18 credit hours in RLGN at the 2000 level

To do this year:

  1. If you plan to specialize in Catholic studies, contact the department of religion prior to registration in order to select appropriate courses.
  2. Consider choosing a second language for your minor to enhance your employability prospects upon graduation.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate with the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion.
  4. Attend the annual Religious Studies Student Conference.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award and inquire about research assistant postions.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Folklorama, local charities and religious organizations.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Become a Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider a summer abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem or the Field Studies in Catholic Culture, an international internship or service-learning program, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out the TD Internship for Truth and Reconciliation or one of the local service-learning programs. Consider learning a new language and about a new culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.


Year 3 - 90 credit hours



Course requirements:
Honours or advanced: 12 credit hours RLGN at the 3000 level or above*
General: 6 credit hours in RLGN at the 3000 level

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a department advisor for honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).

Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.
  4. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as Business Start Program.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other academic institutions.


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: summer camps, Winnipeg Public Library, social service agencies and non-profit organizations.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the International Youth Internship Program.


Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or write an article about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the Children Rising Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.


Year 4 - 120 credit hours



Course requirements:
Honours: RLGN 4260 and RLGN 4270, plus 18 credit hours RLGN at the 4000 level
Advanced: 12 credit hours in RLGN at the 4000 level

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a department advisor for honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance:
Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school:
Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.


Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Job Bank, Find My Job, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment:
Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus. Get access to Lynda.com through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop you cross-cultural intelligence.


Sample Jobs





What Do Employers Want?


Industries such as communications, cultural affairs, education, government and law would value a religion degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Information management
  • Teamwork
  • Digital technology
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.



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Jenna Coutts

“I chose this major as a result of the Introduction to World Religions class I took in my first year. There is much to be fascinated by in the study of religion including the cultural, psychological, and historical aspects – all things that I find very interesting, particularly the latter as I have always been a history buff.” Jenna Coutts, religion student

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