CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

CERTIFICATE IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

This program encourages and facilitates the study of religious thought and its effects on civilization from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students may select courses that will provide either a focus on one tradition or a broader thematic study across a range of traditions and cultures. Courses are mainly drawn from Humanities, History, Asia-Canada and other departments in the university.

This certificate program is available to those without a bachelor's degree. Credits earned in the program may be applied to a major or minor program and to a bachelor's degree. However, credits applied to one certificate may not be applied to another SFU certificate or diploma. Students may apply a maximum of 15 transfer units of relevant coursework to the Certificate.

Admission Requirements:

Prospective students must apply to Simon Fraser University for admission and meet the normal SFU admission requirements. Approval into the Certificate program must be obtained from the Humanities Department advisor.

Certificate Requirements:

Students are required to complete at least 30 units, of which 13-14 are earned by completing the four required courses. The remaining units are selected from the electives list.

Note that students are responsible for meeting the prerequisite requirements for courses taken towards the Certificate.

Required Courses (a minimum of 13 units) 

Both of:

  • HUM 130-3 Introduction to Religious Studies (HUM 230 prior to Fall 07)
  • HUM 330-4 Religion in Context

Two of:

  • ARCH 226-3 The Prehistory of Religion: Shamans, Sorcerers and Saints
  • HUM 204-3 Great Religious Texts
  • HUM 331-4 Studies in Asian Religions
  • PHIL 240-3 Philosophy of Religion

    Elective Courses (17 units)
  • ASC 202-3 Studies in Asian Cultures*
  • ASC 302-3 Selected Topics in Chinese Studies*
  • ASC 303-3 Selected Topics in Japanese Studies*
  • ASC 400-3 Selected Topics in Asia-Canada Studies*
  • HIST 220-3 Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe
  • HIST 249-3 Classical Islamic Civilization
  • HIST 288-3 History of Christianity to 1500
  • HIST 320-4 European Reformation
  • HIST 352-4 Religion and Politics in Modern Iran
  • HIST 388-4 Christianity and Globalization
  • HIST 404-4 Protestants, Papists and Puritans: Culture and Belief in Early Modern England 1500-1640
  • HIST 439-4 Catholicism in Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 466-4 Religion and Society in Africa, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  • HIST 468-4 Problems in the History of Religion
  • HIST 469-4 Islamic Social and Intellectual History
  • HUM 102W-3 Classical Mythology
  • HUM 203-3 Great Texts in the Humanities III*
  • HUM 219-3 The Early Middle Ages
  • HUM 305-4 Medieval Studies*
  • HUM 307-4 Carolingian Civilization
  • HUM 332-4 Mythology in Context
  • HUM 350-4 Great Figures in Humanistic Tradition*
  • HUM 375-4 The Woodsworth Seminar*
  • SA 322-4 Sociology of Religion (S)
  • SA 323-4 Symbol, Myth and Meaning (A)

*When topics are appropriate. Consult with the Certificate advisor.

Other courses with appropriate content may be counted with prior approval of the Advisor.


CERTIFICATE IN MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES

This interdisciplinary program is devoted to the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, its history, culture, and thought. Students may concentrate upon a specific period, topic, or figure, or upon the broader pre-modern period.

Units earned in a certificate may be applied to a bachelor's degree, and a major or minor
program, or the certificate may be completed as a stand-alone program. However, units applied to one certificate may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma.

Students may apply transfer credit of relevant course work to a maximum of 15 transfer units.

Admission Requirements:

Students who apply to Simon Fraser University for admission are required to meet the normal admission requirements. Approval from the Department of Humanities advisor is required for entry to this program.

Minimum Grades

The program requires a minimum 2.0 grade point average, calculated on all courses that are applied toward the certificate, and that have been completed at Simon Fraser University. Duplicate courses are counted only once.

Certificate Requirements:

With prior approval from the advisor, students may complete other relevant courses that do not appear in the following list.

Note that students are responsible for meeting the prerequisite requirements for courses taken towards the Certificate.

Students must complete a minimum of 30 units.

Required Courses (minimum of 17 units):

Three of
HUM 103-3 The Invention of the Book: Alphabets, Papyrus, Parchment, and Print
HUM 105-3 Western Civilization from the Ancient World to the Reformation Era
HUM 201-3 
Great Texts: Ancient World to Renaissance
HUM 211-3 Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance
HUM 219-3 The Early Middle Ages
HIST 220-3 Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe
   
Two of
HUM 305-4 
Medieval Studies
HUM 307-4 Carolingian Civilization
HUM 311-4 
Italian Renaissance Humanism
HUM 312-4W Renaissance Studies
   
Elective Courses (13 units):
HUM 101-3W Introduction to Humanities
HUM 161-3 Latin I
HUM 162-3 Latin II
ENGL 201-3 Medieval Literature
ENGL 300-4 Old English
ENGL 304-4 Studies in Medieval Literature
ENGL 306-4 Chaucer
ENGL 310-4 Studies in Early Modern Literature Excluding Shakespeare
ENGL 311-4 Early Shakespeare
ENGL 313-4 Late Shakespeare
FREN 341-3* Readings in French Literature from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century (pre-1789) 
HIST 249-3 Classical Islamic Civilization
HIST 288-3 History of Christianity to 1500
HIST 308-4 The Byzantium from Constantine to the End of the Dark Ages: 4th to the 9th Centuries
HIST 317-4 From Reconstruction to Destruction: The Byzantine Empire from the 9th to 15th Centuries
HIST 402-4 Renaissance Italy


*When topics are appropriate; consult with the advisor.