REL 100.001

Introduction to Religious Studies

T, R | 12:30-1:45

FA 214

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As a general introduction to the academic study of religion, REL 100 is focused on the problem of defining religion, in theory and in practice. The course examines classic approaches to defining religion and identifies the theories of religion’s role or purpose implicit in each.

As a Core Curriculum Humanities course, REL 100’s goal is for all students to learn to define, accurately describe, and compare in a non-evaluative manner so as to find significant similarities and differences among forms of observable human behavior.


Michael J. Altman

  • Office hours: 

    Monday, 12:30pm-1:30pm; Tuesday, 9:00am-10:00am, and by appointment.

  • (205) 348-5271


McCutcheon, Russell
Studying Religion: an introduction, 2nd ed.
Routledge, 2019

Hughes, Aaron W.
Religion in 5 Minutes
Equinox, 2017

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Online Readings

UA Box Readings from outside of the required texts can be found in REL {course number}'s UA Box.