K. Merinda Simmons

By appointment

Ciara Eichhorst

Erica Bennett

REL 100.001 Introduction to Religious Studies

As a general introduction to the academic study of religion, REL 100 examines the ways in which the term “religion” is identified and used to organize social worlds. The course surveys a broad number of important debates in the history of Religious Studies, such as the definition of religion, theories on the origins of religion, the comparison of religions, and religion’s psychological, sociological, and political functions. The course emphasizes general critical thinking skills essential throughout the human sciences and, as such, is an ideal introduction to the study of religion in a public university. *carries Humanities Core (HU) designation.

T, R | 9:30-10:45 AM

NL 1011

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McCutcheon, Russell T.
Studying Religion: An Introduction
Routledge, 2019

Studying Religion : An Introduction book cover

Books are available at the SUPe Store and online through vendors such as amazon.com.


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Online Readings

Blackboard Other texts will be available through the Blackboard course site.