Russell T. McCutcheon

By appointment

Sierra Lawson

REL 100.001 Introduction to Religious Studies

This Core Humanities course surveys debates in the history of the field, definition of religion, insider/outsider problem, theories of religion and religion and law. It is an ideal introduction to the study of religion as practiced in a public university. HU INB

T, R | 9:30-10:45

NL 1014

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McCutcheon, Russell
Studying Religion: An Introduction
Routledge, 2007

studying religion cover

Hughes, Aaron and McCutcheon, Russell
Religion in 5 Minutes
Equinox Publishers, 2017

Religion in 5 Minutes cover

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To assist students waiting to receive the two required course books, the readings for the first unit’s class readings and online quizzes are posted here as PDFs.

Religion in 5 Minutes

Studying Religion