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About Christianity & Culture


Christianity and Culture

The Christianity and Culture program offers students an opportunity to study Christianity from a variety of perspectives, including its self-understanding, its history, and its interaction with various facets of western and world culture. The program also explores how Christian experience continues to develop in its encounter with contemporary culture and issues.

Individual courses focus on art, literature, science, philosophy, theology, ritual, law, and social and institutional history.

The program addresses the broad range of Christian experience, with a particular emphasis on the Catholic tradition.

Christianity and Culture may be taken as a minor, major, or specialist program. Christianity and Culture is an undergraduate program only. Students in the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto may enrol in the program at the end of their first year. All students in the Faculty of Arts and Science are welcome in the program and its individual courses.

Not all courses are offered every year | See Christianity and Culture Program Requirements and Courses

Christianity and the Arts Lecture

An annual public lecture, held in April, by a scholar or practitioner in the field of Christianity and literature, music, poetry. The 2014 lecture was given by Fr. Dan Donovan of St. Michael's College.

Previous lecturers: poet Pier Giorgio di Cicco, art and architecture critic John Bentley Mays, literary critic Philip Marchand, the late Richard Bradshaw, conductor and general director of the Canadian Opera Company, sculptor Ted Rettig, Scottish composer James MacMillan, stained glass artist Sarah Hall, Irish writer Claire Keegan, musician and broadcaster Peter Togni, Thomas Dilworth of the University of Windsor, and Katharine Lochnan, a curator at the AGO.

Student Organizations

The Rabanus Project is a social club for students, faculty, staff and alumni associated with the program which sponsors a range of enjoyable events that encourage members to consider the place of Christianity in cultures past and present: lectures, discussion, films, and cultural outings.

Saeculum is an undergraduate journal for the study of Christianity and Culture edited, produced, and published by the students in the program.

Scholarships & Awards

Sister St. John Entrance Awards and Sister St. John In-course scholarships


Intercordia is service learning course for students in social justice and international development. Seminars take place in the winter term and service overseas with Intercordia Canada between May and July.

Overseas Study

University of Toronto students have the opportunity of applying for the third year Study Elsewhere program.

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