Religious Studies in Atlantic Canada: A State-Of-The-Art Review

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Conclusion

What would an education for world citizenship look like in a modern university curriculum? This education must be a multicultural education, by which I mean one that acquaints students with some fundamentals about the histories and cultures of many different groups. These should include the major religious and cultural groups of each part of the world and also ethnic and racial, social and sexual minorities within their own nation. Language learning, history, religious studies, and philosophy all play a role in pursuing these ideas.

Martha C. Nussbaum

As I began writing the conclusion to this review of religious studies in Atlantic Canada, I received a call from Dr. Randi Warne, currently the sole member of the Department of Religious Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. She told me that the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP) at Mount Saint Vincent had issued its report on the future of academic programs in the university. The report recommends that the religious studies department be closed and Dr. Warne be transferred either to women's studies or to another department. 1 A major in religious studies could be preserved but only as a coordinated program. There are many battles yet to be fought at Mount Saint Vincent before the plan, or some modified version of it, is made official policy. Once again a religious studies department at one of our Atlantic universities is at risk.

Dr. Warne's call reminded me that when I began the research for this review in 1994 I received a long letter from Dr. Bruce Matthews at Acadia University. His Department of Comparative Religion was to be closed on the recommendation of the Academic Planning Committee of the Faculty of Arts. While courses would remain in the curriculum, there were no battles left to fight to preservethe department at Acadia.

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