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

Elective Courses (17 units)

  • GA 202-3 Studies in Asian Cultures*
  • GA 302-3 Selected Topics in Chinese Studies*
  • GA 303-3 Selected Topics in Japanese Studies*
  • GA 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.

CERTIFICATE IN HELLENIC STUDIES

The certificate, which requires the completion of 19 units, including at least ONE upper division course, is for those with an interest in Hellenic studies and students with an interest in pursuing Greek history at the graduate level. The latter should complete at least two language courses. Special topics courses may be completed in place of those below with advisor approval.

Grade Requirement

A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or a C average is required for all courses applied to the certificate.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 19 units, including one upper division course chosen from the following.

Lower Division Courses

  • GRK 191 - Modern Greek for Beginners Level I (3)
  • GRK 192 - Modern Greek for Beginners Level II (3)
  • GRK 291 - Modern Greek Intermediate Level I (3)
  • GRK 292 - Modern Greek Intermediate Level II (3)
  • HS 100 - The Greek World (3)
  • HS 150 - Warfare in the Hellenic World: From Plato to NATO (3)
  • HS 201 - Rome: From Republic to Empire (3)
  • HS 209 - Heroic Greek Tales: From the Trojans to Frankenstein (3)
  • HS 216 - War and Society (3)
  • HS 231 - Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome (3)
  • HS 232 - The Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome (3)
  • HS 275 - From Alexander to the Caesars: The Hellenic and Roman Worlds to the end of Antiquity (4) *
  • HS 276 - Social, Economic, and Political History of the Mediterranean (3) *
  • HS 277 - History of Greek Civilization (3) *
  • HS 278 - The Greeks in the Ottoman Empire (3) *
  • HS 279 - Greece in the 20th Century (3) *
  • HS 280 - War in the Balkans and the Making of the 21st Century (3) **
  • HUM 102W - Classical Mythology (3)
  • HUM 151 - Ancient Greek I (3)
  • HUM 152 - Ancient Greek II (3)
  • HUM 201 - Great Texts: Ancient World to Renaissance (3)

Upper Division Courses

Students must complete at least one course from the following

  • ARCH 312 - Greek Art and Archaeology (4) or HS 312 - Greek Art and Archaeology (4)
  • ARCH 313 - Roman Art and Archaeology (4) or HS 313 - Roman Art and Archaeology (4)
  • HIST 304 - Alexander the Great and the Quest for World Empire (4)
  • HS 307 - Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies (4) *
  • HS 359 - Constructing the Nation State in Greece, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean (4) *
  • HS 364 - Traveller, Diplomatic, and Media Narratives in Greece, the Balkans and the Mediterranean (4) *
  • HS 422 - Greece, 1935-1944: Occupation and Resistance (4) *
  • HS 441 - Women, Property, and the Law in the Mediterranean (4) *
  • HS 460 - Themes in Byzantine History (4) *
  • HUM 302W - The Golden Age of Greece: An Integrated Society (4)

* These courses are also available with a HIST designation. Either HS or HIST designation can be used towards the certificate.

** This course is also available with an IS designation. Either HS or IS designation can be used towards the certificate.