Christianity and Culture

Christians claim that the Gospel has the power to transform not only individual lives but whole societies. The Christianity and Culture Program offers students an opportunity to explore this bold claim through critical, academic studies of how the Christian faith has shaped—and been shaped by—the institutions, artistic expressions, and intellectual achievements of Western and world cultures. Courses provide a comprehensive and humanistic approach to Christian experience, past and present. By focusing on students’ personal engagement with primary sources, the Program fosters scholarly exchange, intellectual community, and a shared search for meaning.

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 is a good preparation for a career in education, journalism, arts and entertainment, or communications. Many of our students proceed to graduate work in theology and religious studies.For students anticipating teaching careers in Ontario Catholic schools, certain of the Christianity and Culture courses have been judged by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association as providing equivalent standing in ministry courses required for permanent teachers’ contracts.

  • Special to our Program

    C&C Social Club

    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, including lectures, discussion, films, and cultural outings.

    Saeculum

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

    Christianity and the Arts Lecture

    The Christianity and the Arts Lecture is an annual public lecture, held in April, by a scholar or practitioner in the field of Christianity and literature, music, poetry. The 2017 lecture on The Church and Contemporary Art was given by Bishop Paul Tighe, Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Rome.

    Previous lecturers include Pier Giorgio di Cicco (poet), John Bentley Mays (art and architecture critic), Philip Marchand (literary critic), the late Richard Bradshaw (conductor and general director of the Canadian Opera Company), Ted Rettig (sculptor), James MacMillan (composer), Sarah Hall (stained glass artist), Claire Keegan (writer), Peter Togni (musician and broadcaster), Thomas Dilworth (University of Windsor), Katharine Lochnan (curator at the AGO), Rev. Dan Donovan (St. Michael’s College), Sr. Rose Pacatte (film critic and Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies), and Marianne McKenna (architect).

  • 2021-2022 Program Requirements: Major and Minor

    For the most up-to-date requirements and current course offerings, please see the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science 2021-2022 Timetable and Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.


    CHRISTIANITY AND CULTURE MAJOR

    A multidisciplinary exploration of Christian traditions from artistic, literary, philosophical, theological, scientific, social and historical perspectives.

    Enrolment Requirements:

    This is an open enrolment program. A student who has completed 4.0 credits may enrol in the program.

    Completion Requirements:

    (6.0 credits, including at least 2.0 credits at the 300+ level, of which a 0.5 credit must be at the 400-level.)

    First year: No specific first-year requirements

    1. CHC203Y1
    2. 1.5 credits from CHC200H1/​ CHC215H1/​ CHC218H1/​ CHC232H1
    3. 3.0 credits from any of the courses below, of which 2.0 credits must have the CHC designator. Courses from other departments may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Program Coordinator, preferably before taking the course. It will help to have a syllabus for the course being considered.Christianity and Society:
      CHC120H1/​​ CHC215H1/​​ CHC303H1/​​ CHC304H1/​​ CHC308H1/​​ CHC309H1/​​ CHC322H1/​​ CHC362H1/​​ CHC368H1/​​ CHC372H1/​​ CHC379H1/​​ CHC456H1/​ CLT240H1/​​ CLT241H1/​​ CLT413H1/​​ MST210H1/​​ MST212H1/​​ MST361H1/​​ SMC188H1/​​ SMC189H1/​​ SMC397H1/​​ NMC270H1

      Christianity and the Arts:
      CHC200H1/​​ CHC305H1/​​ CHC364H1/​​ CHC365H1/​​ CHC367H1/​​ CHC369H1/​​ CHC382H1/​​ CHC384H1/​​ CLT343H1/​​ MST213H1/​​ MST222H1/​​ MST323H1/​​ MST326H1/​​ MST328H1/​​ SMC165H1/​​ SMC464H1/​ ITA311H1

      Christianity and Science:
      CHC232H1/​​ CHC370H1/​​ CHC371H1/​​ CHC383H1/​ JCA302H1

      Christianity and Education:
      CHC218H1/​​ CHC306H1/​​ CHC307H1/​​ CHC311H1/​​ CHC312H1/​​ CHC313H1/​​ CHC327H1/​​ CHC330H1/​​ CLT350H1/​​ MST324H1/​​ MST358H1/​​ MST359H1

      Independent Study and Seminar Courses:
      CHC390Y1/​​ CHC391H1/​​ CHC400H1/​ CHC433Y1/​​ CHC434H1/​​ CHC471H1/​ CHC472H1/​ MST406H1/​​ MST407Y1/​ MST436H1/​​ SMC457H1

    4. 0.5 credit from CHC232H1/​​ CHC370H1/​​ CHC371H1/​​ CHC383H1/​​ JCA302H1/​ SMC385H1 or any 0.5 credit from a 200/300/400-level course from Breadth Requirement Category 5: The Physical and Mathematical Universes

    Note: Effective Fall 2021, courses associated with St. Michael’s College’s Christianity and Culture, Celtic Studies, and Mediaeval Studies programs will have the new “CHC,” “CLT,” and “MST” designators respectively.


    CHRISTIANITY AND CULTURE MINOR

    An exploration of Christian traditions which may include artistic, literary, philosophical, theological, scientific, social or historical perspectives.

    Enrolment Requirements:

    This is an open enrolment program. A student who has completed 4.0 credits may enrol in the program.

    Completion Requirements:

    (4.0 credits, including 1.0 credit at the 300+level)

    First year: No specific first-year requirements

    1. CHC203Y1
    2. 1.0 credit from CHC200H1/​​ CHC215H1/​​ CHC218H1/​​ CHC232H1
    3. 2.0 credits from any of the courses below, of which 1.5 credits must have the CHC designator. Courses from other departments may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Program Coordinator, preferably before taking the course. It will help to have a syllabus for the course being considered.

    Christianity and Society:
    CHC120H1/​ CHC215H1/​ CHC303H1/​ CHC304H1/​ CHC308H1/​ CHC309H1/​ CHC322H1/​ CHC362H1/​ CHC368H1/​ CHC372H1/​ CHC379H1/​ CHC456H1/​ CLT240H1/​ CLT241H1/​ CLT413H1/​ MST210H1/​ MST212H1/​ MST361H1/​ SMC188H1/​ SMC189H1/​ SMC397H1/​ NMC270H1

    Christianity and the Arts:
    CHC200H1/​ CHC305H1/​ CHC364H1/​ CHC365H1/​ CHC367H1/​ CHC369H1/​ CHC382H1/​ CHC384H1/​ CLT343H1/​ MST213H1/​ MST222H1/​ MST323H1/​ MST326H1/​ MST328H1/​ SMC165H1/​ SMC464H1/​ ITA311H1

    Christianity and Science:
    CHC232H1/​ CHC370H1/​ CHC371H1/​ CHC383H1/​ JCA302H1

    Christianity and Education:
    CHC218H1/​ CHC306H1/​ CHC307H1/​ CHC311H1/​ CHC312H1/​ CHC313H1/​ CHC327H1/​ CHC330H1/​ CLT350H1/​ MST324H1/​ MST358H1/​ MST359H1

    Independent Study and Seminar Courses:
    CHC390Y1/​ CHC391H1/​ CHC400H1/​ CHC433Y1/​ CHC434H1/​ CHC471H1/​ CHC472H1/​ MST406H1/​ MST407Y1/​ MST436H1/​ SMC457H1

    Note: Effective Fall 2021, courses associated with St. Michael’s College’s Christianity and Culture, Celtic Studies, and Mediaeval Studies programs will have the new “CHC,” “CLT,” and “MST” designators respectively.

  • 2021-2022 Program Requirements: Minor in Christianity and Education

    For the most up-to-date requirements and current course offerings, please see the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science 2021-2022 Timetable and Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.


    This program offers students the opportunity to consider the theory, practice and history of Christian pedagogy.

    Enrolment Requirements:

    This is an open enrolment program. A student who has completed 4.0 credits may enrol in the program.

    Completion Requirements:

    (4.0 credits, including at least 1.0 credit at the 300+ level)

    First Year: No specific first-year requirements

    1. CHC203Y1
    2. CHC218H1CHC312H1 and CHC313H1
    3. 1.5 credits from any courses listed in Requirement 3 of the Christianity and Culture Major, with at least 1.0 credit carrying the CHC designator. Students can choose courses from all course groups. Courses from other departments may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Program Coordinator, preferably before taking the course. It will help to have a syllabus for the course being considered.

    Note: Effective Fall 2021, courses associated with St. Michael’s College’s Christianity and Culture, Celtic Studies, and Mediaeval Studies programs will have the new “CHC,” “CLT,” and “MST” designators respectively.

  • 2021-2022 Course Offerings

    Proposed course offerings and information for the 2021/2022 academic year are detailed in the PDF below. For the most up-to-date course listings please see the Faculty of Arts and Science Timetable.

    As of the 2021/2022 academic year all Christianity and Culture courses will have new course codes. Both the old SMC program courses and new CHC courses will count toward your Christianity and Culture program requirements. If you notice a course not being counted in Degree Explorer please contact us at smc.programs@utoronto.ca.

    The course re-coding is taking place across all St. Michael’s College courses. As of Fall 2021, Mediaeval Studies courses will be coded as MST courses, Celtic courses will be CLT courses, and Christianity and Culture courses will be CHC courses.

    Christianity and Culture Course Offerings 2021-2022

  • Program Contacts

    Faculty

    Michael O’Connor, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator

    Odette Hall, room 123

    michael.oconnor@utoronto.ca

    Rev. Daniel Donovan, Professor Emeritus

    Odette Hall, room 028

    daniel.donovan@utoronto.ca

    Giulio Silano, Professor

    Odette Hall, room 118

    gsilano@chass.utoronto.ca

    Reid Locklin, Associate Professor

    Odette Hall, room 130

    reid.locklin@utoronto.ca

    Jean-Olivier Richard, Assistant Professor

    Queens Park Building (PIMS), room 48

    jeanolivier.richard@utoronto.ca

    Stephen Tardif, Assistant Professor

    Queens Park Building (PIMS), room 49

    stephen.tardif@utoronto.ca

    Affiliated Lecturers 2020-2021

    Callie Callon, Assistant Professor of New Testament
    Faculty of Theology

    Kelly Library Liaison

    Noel McFerran
    Kelly Library, room 208C
    416-926-1300 ext. 3472
    noel.mcferran@utoronto.ca

    Contact Noel with any library-related questions, including using online resources, arranging library instruction, ordering new titles, and getting help with research.

    SMC Programs

    For more information about the program, including queries about enrollment and completion, contact smc.programs@utoronto.ca.