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
The Rabanus Project
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, including 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.
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).
A multidisciplinary exploration of Christian traditions from artistic, literary, philosophical, theological, scientific, social and historical perspectives.
This is a Type 1 Program. Enrolment is open to students who have completed 4.0 FCEs.
6.0 FCEs including at least 2.0 FCEs at the 300+ level, 0.5 of which must be at the 400 level.
First year: No specific first-year requirements
For the most up-to-date requirements and current course offerings, please see the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science Timetable and Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.
An exploration of Christian traditions which may include artistic, literary, philosophical, theological, scientific, social or historical perspectives.
(4.0 FCEs, including at least 1.0 FCE at 300+level)
Giulio Silano, Program Coordinator, Professor
Odette Hall, room 118
Rev. Daniel Donovan, Professor Emeritus
Odette Hall, room 028
Reid Locklin, Associate Professor (on leave 2017-2018)
Odette Hall, room 130
Michael O’Connor, Associate Professor
Odette Hall, room 123
Jean-Olivier Richard, Assistant Professor
Queens Park Building (PIMS), room 48
Stephen Tardif, Assistant Professor
Queens Park Building (PIMS), room 49
Kelly Library Liaison
Kelly Library, room 208C
416-926-1300 ext. 3472
Contact Noel with any library-related questions, including using online resources, arranging library instruction, ordering new titles, and getting help with research.
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