About

If you’re curious about the historical, cultural and political roots and ongoing influence of two major world religions, Judaism and Christianity, this Certificate of Proficiency in Jewish and Christian Origins will give you new insights and critical perspectives from a variety of disciplines (Religion and Culture, History, Philosophy, Archaeology, Classics) that will help to make you an informed global citizen.


Quick facts
  • Certificate program
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

This Certificate in Jewish & Christian Origins is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and ScienceYou may earn the certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree, or after having already received a degree from here or another institution. 

What you will learn

You will study the origins, development of and cultural impact of two world religions, Judaism and Christianity, from their beginnings in ancient Israel to the parallel developments of rabbinic Judaism and emergent Christianity subsequent to the first Jewish War of 70 C.E. to Late Antiquity, including some coverage of the origins of Islam in relation to Judaism and Christianity.

This certificate requires the completion of the 24 credit units:

  • RLST 112.3
  • RLST 328.3
  • 6 credit units from a list of courses in Biblical Literature
  • 6 credit units from a list of courses in Early Judaism and Christianity
  • 3 credit units from a list of courses in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology, and Languages
  • 3 additional credit units from any of the four course lists above 

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

RLST 219: Bible and Western Culture
Explores the influence of the Bible on the culture of the west, ancient and modern, with a particular focus on the role of biblical themes, symbols and characters in art, literature, music and popular culture.

ARCH 116: Introduction to Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology
Introduction to the archaeology of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel and surrounding regions, Greece and Rome. The course examines how archaeologists use material remains to reconstruct ancient societies, focusing on the archaeological characteristics and cultural dynamics of major periods, and the relationship between human communities and the environment.

RLST 301: Apocalyptic Then and Now
This course investigates apocalyptic thought and literature in Judaism and Christianity. The primary focus is the religious perspectives and social functions of apocalyptic, with a brief discussion of contemporary Muslim apocalyptic. It will also survey the appropriation of apocalyptic themes throughout history in millenarian movements and in artistic forms such as art, fiction, and film, with special attention to apocalyptic in contemporary culture.

Careers

Some career opportunities include:

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Political consultant
  • Social service worker
  • Humanitarian aid worker
  • Religious minister

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $615.90 per class $1,681.41 per class
Fees $922 per year $922 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class (2018-2019 rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are a full-time student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 for this program.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
Spring
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
Summer
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
Fall
September 2018
Aug 1, 2018
Documents due: Aug 1, 2018
May 15, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Winter
January 2019
Dec 1, 2018
Documents due: Dec 15, 2018
Sep 1, 2018
Documents due: Oct 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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