Department of Religious Studies

About Us

Saint Mary’s University was founded over two hundred years ago by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nova Scotia. Initially opened as a religious university for the Roman Catholic community of Nova Scotia it became a public secular institution in 1970 and revised its religious studies curriculum to reflect this shift. This expansion in scope resulted in faculty hires in Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and an endowed chair in Roman Catholic Studies generously funded by the ongoing support of the Patrick Power Estate. The Department works closely at the graduate level with the Atlantic School of Theology Atlantic School of Theology (AST) since ASTs affiliation with Saint Mary's University. The Department is also an active participant in the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs  (CCEPA), The Canadian Society for the Study of ReligionThe Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR).