Christianity & Culture

The Christianity and Culture Program offers students an opportunity to study Christianity from a variety of perspectives, including its self-understanding, history, and 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 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).

  • Program Requirements

    Major

    The Christianity and Culture Major is a Type 1 Program. Enrolment is open to students who have completed 4.0 credits.

    To complete the Major, students must complete 6.0 credits, including at least 2.0 credits at the 300+ level, 0.5 of which must be at the 400-level. These include:

    1. SMC203Y1
    2. 1.5 FCEs from SMC200H1/​ SMC215H1/​ SMC218H1/​ SMC232H1
    3. 3.0 additional FCEs from the Christianity and Culture courses, with at least 2.0 FCEs from the following courses with an SMC 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.
      Christianity and Society:
      SMC120H1/​ SMC188H1/​ SMC189H1/​ SMC210H1/​ SMC212H1/​ SMC215H1/​ SMC240H1/​ SMC241H1/​ SMC303H1/​ SMC304H1/​ SMC308H1/​ SMC309H1/​ SMC322H1/​ SMC361H1/​ SMC362H1/​ SMC368H1/​ SMC372H1/​ SMC379H1/​ SMC397H1/​ SMC413H1/​ SMC456H1/​ NMC270H1

      Christianity and the Arts:
      SMC165H1/​ SMC200H1/​ SMC213H1/​ SMC222H1/​ SMC305H1/​ SMC323H1/​ SMC326H1/​ SMC328H1/​ SMC343H1/​ SMC364H1/​ SMC365H1/​ SMC367H1/​ SMC369H1/​ SMC382H1/​ SMC384H1/​ SMC464H1 / ITA311H1

      Christianity and Science:
      SMC232H1/​ SMC370H1/​ SMC371H1/​ SMC383H1

      Christianity and Education:
      SMC218H1/​ SMC306H1/​ SMC307H1/​ SMC311H1/​ SMC312H1/​ SMC313H1/​ SMC324H1/​ SMC327H1/​ SMC330H1/​ SMC350H1/​ SMC358H1/​ SMC359H1

      Independent Study and Seminar Courses:
      SMC390Y1/​ SMC391H1/​ SMC406H1/​ SMC407H1/​ SMC433Y1/​ SMC434H1/​ SMC436H1/​ SMC457H1/​ SMC472H1

    4. 0.5 FCE from SMC232H1/​ SMC370H1/​ SMC371H1/​ SMC383H1/​ SMC385H1 or any 0.5 FCE 200+ level course from Breadth Requirement Category 5: The Physical and Mathematical Universes

    For the most up-to-date requirements and current course offerings, please see the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science 2020-2021 Timetable and Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

    Minor

    The Christianity and Culture Minor is a Type 1 Program. Enrolment is open to students who have completed 4.0 credits.

    To complete the Minor, students must complete 4.0 FCE, including at least 1.0 credits from 300+ series courses. These include:

    1. SMC203Y1
    2. 1.0 credits from SMC200H1/​ SMC215H1/​ SMC218H1/​ SMC232H1
    3. 2.0 FCEs from the Christianity and Culture courses listed in Requirement 3 of the Christianity and Culture Major, with at least 1.5 credits from courses with an SMC 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.

    For the most up-to-date requirements and current course offerings, please see the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science 2020-2021 Timetable and Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

    Minor in Christianity & Education

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

    To complete the Minor, students must complete 4.0 FCE, including at least 1.0 credits from 300+ series courses. These include:

    1. SMC203Y1
    2. SMC218H1SMC312H1 and SMC313H1
    3. 1.5 FCEs from the Christianity and Culture courses listed in Requirement 3 of the Christianity and Culture Major, with at least 1.0 FCE from courses with an SMC 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.

    For the most up-to-date requirements and current course offerings, please see the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science 2020-2021 Timetable and Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

  • 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

     

    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.

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