Religions and Cultures

Religions and CulturesWelcome to Religions and Cultures at Nipissing

​Are you curious to learn about the different kinds of religions all around the world? Do you want to know more about where they came from, how they’ve impacted our cultures, and how they continue to influence our world today? Do you often wonder about fundamental questions on the meaning of life, what happens after we die, what it means to be a good person—and how each religion around the world deals with those questions?

We take field trips, invite guest lecturers and presenters, and incorporate discussion of current issues and events in classes. North Bay has many houses of worship, including synagogues, mosques, temples, and churches of various faiths, where you can study first-hand the traditions and teachings of many religions.​​

More and more, we’re offering students a chance to enrich their classroom experience with real-world opportunities. Recently, as part of the Death, Dying, and Spirituality course, we placed students at a palliative care facility where they assisted the board with documentation, creating brochures, and tracking data.

Religions and Cultures Club

You’ll meet other like-minded students and get involved in respectful open-forum discussions on topics you’re passionate about. The student-run club holds meetings, movie nights, social events, and guest speakers to enrich your learning and just have fun.

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Full-time Faculty

Studying at Nipissing University has deepened my understanding of how religion continues to be one of the most powerful forms of social organization around the world. The amazing professors at Nipissing have taught me to recognize religion in incredibly diverse and, at times, unexpected aspects of life, and use this understanding in new and exciting ways. One of the most intriguing things, for me, has been to look at the way that beliefs continue to influence governments around the world, from war in the Middle East to political activism here in North America. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn from such intelligent and kind professors and to work so closely alongside them in ways that will continue to propel me through the rest of my academic career!

Nathan Olmstead, - BA(Hon.) '16 Psychology and Religions & Cultures
Emily Bond

Here at Nipissing University, I am a Business Administration student because it seemed practical and modern. While I do love my business courses, I am so happy I took the time to explore some of the other courses Nipissing has to offer. Religions and Cultures will open your eyes. To be completely honest, these courses will make a better person- you’ll become unbiased, open-minded, and gain a better understanding of human beings. Take a Religions and Cultures course. You won’t regret it.

Emily Bond, BBA '16

I originally took religion as an elective, and found it so fascinating I ended up majoring in it. Taking just one religions and cultures course will enrich your understanding of the world and foster greater empathy with our world’s diverse cultures and religions. Furthermore, the skills you develop in these courses – such as critical thinking and coherent, analytical writing – are applicable to a variety of career paths. I currently study Library & Information Science at Western University and felt extremely well-prepared by my education at Nipissing.

Cameron Gordon, BA(Hon.) '15, MLIS candidate

Many students continue their education as Masters and Doctorate students, while others attend professional schools like law and teaching. In terms of career fields, the wide scope of an education in Religions and Cultures means that the only limit is your imagination! You might be drawn to careers in culture, business, teaching, or government—to name only a very few.

A degree in Religions and Cultures teaches you important skills of critical thinking, critical reading, and writing well. Not only do employers value people who can do these things, these skills will help you make personal sense of the world, develop compassion, and make well-rounded, ethical life decisions. It’s these skills that make our graduates highly successful in a variety of career options, from law school to international development to not-for-profit organizations.

Career and Academic Options

  • Graduate Studies
  • Professional School (Education, Law, MBA)
  • Careers in politics, journalism, government, and for non-government, development, and multi-cultural organizations