What is Thanatology?

King’s University College is currently the only university in North America to offer the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Thanatology. This unique program gives students several degree options in Thanatology with the option of combining a major or minor in a complementary subject (i.e., Childhood and Social Institutions, Social Justice and Peace Studies or Psychology). Many of our courses are available on-line, and our program incorporates various teaching modalities including in-class instruction, blended learning and experiential learning.

  • The program and certificate offers a wide variety of courses including an overview of bereavement and grief, ethical issues, palliative care, suicide, children and death, spiritual and philosophical issues, change and transition, popular culture, grief and trauma, and diversity and social justice. In addition, the undergraduate program offers a practicum course which includes a 45-hour field placement, and a grief counselling course which involves experiential learning of basic counselling skills.

If you wish to pursue further studies in the area of Thanatology, either by adding a Post-Degree module or the Certificate in Loss, Grief, and Bereavement, please contact Lois Mansfield at Lois.Mansfield@kings.uwo.ca

If you have previously completed a degree, and would like to determine your eligibility for either the Post Degree Module, or the Certificate program, please refer to the information below.

  • If you wish to complete your Thanatology courses via on-line/distance studies only, and if you do not reside within 100km proximity to the King’s campus, you will likely be encouraged to pursue the Post Degree Module. Students who are enrolled in the Post Degree Module follow the Major in Thanatology checklist, allowing for more course options, and the opportunity for practicum courses.
  • The Certificate program encompasses both on-line and in-person teaching instruction. Students enrolled in the Certificate program complete the majority of their course work on-line, but are required to attend mandatory weekend workshops in London, Ontario. If you are unable to attend the mandatory workshop sessions, you will be encouraged to enroll in the Post Degree Module.

Post-Degree Module

A Major or Minor module which is completed after graduation. Recognition will be given on the transcript for Post-Degree modules. A second degree is not conferred.

POST-DEGREE MODULES

After graduation with an undergraduate degree, students may complete additional Major and/or Minor modules(s) without completing a second degree. Students must consult the Dean’s Office of the Faculty in which the module is offered to request permission to register in a Post-Degree module. Permission may be denied if there is significant overlap with courses completed within the first degree.A Post-Degree module must be in a different subject area, not included in the undergraduate degree.

Students must complete the total number of courses required for this additional module with an average on these courses of at least 60%. Courses successfully completed during the first degree that are considered “extra” courses by the Faculty offering the first degree may be considered for use towards the Post-Degree module, at the discretion of the Faculty offering the Post-Degree module. All courses required for the Post-Degree module must be completed through the course offerings of Western University. Completion of Post-Degree modules will be recognized only by a notation on the student’s transcript.

To view the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree structure, please click here

If you are a current Western/King's student, please contact Lois Mansfield at Lois.Mansfield@kings.uwo.ca for detailed course information required to complete the Certificate or Post Degree Module

If you have previously completed a degree, and would like to determine your eligibility for either the Post Degree Module, or the Certificate program, please refer to the information below:

If you wish to complete your Thanatology courses via on-line/distance studies only, and if you do not reside within 100km proximity to the King’s campus, you will likely be encouraged to pursue the Post Degree Module. Students who are enrolled in the Post Degree Module follow the Major in Thanatology checklist, allowing for more course options, and the opportunity for practicum courses.

The Certificate program encompasses both on-line and in-person teaching instruction. Students enrolled in the Certificate program complete the majority of their course work on-line, but are required to attend mandatory weekend workshops in London, Ontario. If you are unable to attend the mandatory workshop sessions, you will be encouraged to enroll in the Post Degree Module.

  1. To complete a 3 or 4 year degree
    You must be admissible to King’s: see admission Requirements
  2. To complete a Post Degree Module
    You must present a final official copy of your university transcript that indicates that your degree has been conferred.
  3. To complete a Certificate program
    You must be admissible to King’s: see admission Requirements

The program offers a wide variety of courses including an overview of bereavement and grief, ethical issues, palliative care, suicide, children and death, spiritual and philosophical issues, change and transition, popular culture, grief and trauma, and diversity and social justice. In addition, the program offers a practicum course which involves experiential learning of basic counselling skills.

  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Pastoral Counselling
  • Education
  • Hospice and Palliative Care

Cost per course

2015 Cost per half course $688.99* (subject to change year to year)

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Start dates

  • May 9 – Spring/Summer term begins
  • September 8 – Fall/Winter term begins

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