What is Thanatology?
The Thanatology 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 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.
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 Thanatology program at King’s offers 3 degree options:
- Undergraduate Degree in Thanatology at King’s
- Certificate in Loss, Grief and Bereavement
- Post-Degree Module
The program allows for several degree options, and many of our courses are available online. Our program incorporates a variety of teaching methods, including in-class instruction, blended learning and experiential learning.
The introductory Thanatology course is Introduction to Thanatology (1025A/B), and is taken during the student’s first year. Further course offerings depend on whether the student is completing an Honours Specialization, Major or a Minor in Thanatology Studies.
Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, may pursue the Certificate in Loss, Grief and Bereavement concurrently with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Courses for the Certificate taken concurrently with a Thanatology module may count for both.
An innovative Certificate program offering professionals and lay persons an opportunity to explore cultural, social, and personal aspects of loss, death, dying, and grief.
The opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in providing support for those who experience significant losses, individuals who are terminally ill, and those who experience grief, and to examine relevant legal, ethical, and social issues.The program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the exploration of loss and grief, with a focus on effective support and collaboration with community-based services.
A Post-Degree Module is a Major or Minor module that is completed after graduation. It requires completion of 6.0 Thanatology courses for the major and 4.0 courses for the minor. Recognition will be given on the transcript for Post-Degree modules. A second degree is not conferred. After graduation with an undergraduate degree, students may complete additional Major and/or Minor modules(s) without completing a second degree. Students must complete the total number of courses required for this additional module with an average on these courses of at least 60%.
3 or 4-year Undergraduate Degree in Thanatology
Review all of our admission requirements
Certificate in Loss, Grief and Bereavement Studies
If you are currently registered at King’s/Western, you may indicate the Certificate in Loss, Grief and Bereavement on your Intent to Register submission during the Intent to Register period (February 1st to March 30th). Please feel free to contact Laura Clarke (Laura.Clarke@kings.uwo.ca) if you have any questions regarding this process.
You must present a final official copy of your university transcript that indicates that your degree has been conferred. Students must have already completed Intro to Thanatology 1025 A/B.
Undergraduate Degree in Thanatology
Students can apply to an undergraduate degree in Thanatology through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC): https://www.ouac.on.ca/
Please use code EKO (Social Science) when applying
Certificate in Loss, Grief and Bereavement Studies
Applications will not be accepted at this time for students who are not currently enrolled at King’s/Western. Current students can contact the Academic Dean’s Office to complete the Intent to Register to enroll in the Certificate.
Post Degree Module
You will be required to provide all academic transcripts to gain admission to King's. Please mail official copies to our office:
266 Epworth Avenue
London, ON N6A 2M3
3 or 4 year degree in Thanatology
Please refer to program checklists and program module requirements here: https://www.kings.uwo.ca/academics/thanatology/programs-offered/
Please refer to our tuition fees page here for up-to-date information: https://www.kings.uwo.ca/current-students/money-matters/fees-and-responsibilities/schedules/
The post-degree module (major) is made up of 6.0 courses and the post-degree module (minor) is made up of 4.0 courses. Program module requirements can be found here: https://www.kings.uwo.ca/academics/thanatology/programs-offered/
Please refer to our tuition fees page here for up-to-date fee information: https://www.kings.uwo.ca/current-students/money-matters/fees-and-responsibilities/schedules/
Can I complete a 3 or 4 year degree with a module in Thanatology entirely online?
The only Thanatology program which can be completed exclusively online is the post-degree module. Applicants must already have an undergraduate degree.
The undergraduate 3 and 4 year degree also includes several online courses. Students can complete the degree entirely online as long as they meet the following criteria:
- They must be enrolled on a part-time basis only
- They must live beyond easy community distance (100km+) and provide satisfactory explanation of reasons that might prevent attending courses on campus
- They must be registered at year 2 or above (a student with 4.0 or more credits)
What courses are available in Thanatology?
A list of courses can be found here: https://www.kings.uwo.ca/academics/thanatology/course-offerings/
What types of career options are available with a Thanatology degree?
Students with a Thanatology degree can work in a wide range of roles related to loss, grief and bereavement. You can get a snapshot of career paths that Thanatology alumni have taken by accessing this link here: https://www.kings.uwo.ca/academics/thanatology/alumni-profiles/ Individuals who plan to practice psychotherapy need to either be affiliated with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) or the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers to practice.