Introduction to World Religions
College Credits: 3
This course measures knowledge and understanding of indigenous and major world religions, historically as well as socially. From ancient native religions around the world to major current radical religious movements, this course spans millennia full of religious rituals, cultures, developments and shifts. Major content areas include religious frameworks (types of expression, structures, personal beliefs, definitions, and phenomena); sociological, psychological and philosophical perspectives; religious traditions and historical development; and comparative analysis of religious narratives around the globe. Religions covered include primal and indigenous religions, Hellenic and Roman Traditions, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, and the Baha’i Faith. Participants will not only become well-prepared for assessment but will also be enriched by a cornucopia of religious traditions, backgrounds and evolutionary developments throughout the history of humanity.