History of Religions

Faculty and Staff List

Professors Emeriti
N.F. McMullin, B.A., S.T.B., M.Th., Ph.D.
L.E. Schmidt, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

K.S. Derry, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
C. Emmrich, M.A., DPhil.
S.K. Metso, B.A., M.Th., Th.D.
E. Raffaelli, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
A. Rao, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
S.A. Richardson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
K. Ruffle, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
J.B. Scott, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
K. Smith, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
S.V. Virani, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Dr. T. Lam
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4264

Departmental Manager
Duncan Hill
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4260

Program Director
Dr. K. Smith
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4294

Academic Advisor & Program Administrator
Sharon Marjadsingh
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4254


The History of Religions explores the importance of religion in the historical processes that make up world history. It situates religion in its historical and socio-political contexts as part of the interplay of forces that constitute the story of humankind, and acknowledges the role of religion in shaping and being shaped by that story. Its approach often involves (but is not limited to) the study of particular religious traditions, the comparative study of religion, and the study of the religious dimension of human experience and of common historical phenomena. Its subject includes all religions throughout the world, from ancient times to the present day. The History of Religions is therefore an excellent preparation for living and working in a cosmopolitan and multiconfessional world. As an academic subject, it is intrinsically rewarding and can lead to graduate work in a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. It also provides the reading, writing, and analytical skills demanded by a wide range of careers in ministry, government, business, library and museum science, law, teaching, journalism, and community services, such as counselling and social services.

The department encourages students to take advantage of the various study abroad opportunities available at UTM.

Students should also review the Degree Requirements section prior to selecting courses

Program websitehttp://www.utm.utoronto.ca/historicalstudies