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REL 130

Introduction to Religions

A cross-cultural survey course of major religious traditions, with emphasis upon the theoretical and methodological issues at stake in the discipline of Religious Studies. The course provides a balanced treatment of Asian and Western/Abrahamic traditions in order to explore the concept of 'religion' within a comparative humanistic context. Most important will be a close reading and discussion of primary texts in English translation. By the end of the course students will have developed a vocabulary for understanding religious phenomena cross-culturally and a sensibility for engaging with religious others in our globalizing world.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Fall Semester information

Matt Dillon

130B: Intro to Religions

Joseph Bartzel

130C: Intro to Religions

Spring Semester information


130A: Intro to Religions


130B: Intro to Religions