Richard Newton

Wednesday and Friday, 2:30pm-3:30pm and by appointment. Please email ahead of time to arrange meetings.

Allison Isidore

Joseph DeFrank

Judah Siekkinen

Emma Welch

REL 100.002 Introduction to Religious Studies

Surveys debates in the history of the field, definition of religion, insider /outsider problem, theories of religion and religion and law; ideal introduction to the study of religion in a public university. HU INB


T | 4:00-5:00 (and by appointment)

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Book cover of A Critical Introduction to Religious Studies, Second Edition.
Craig Martin, A Critical Introduction to Religious Studies, Second Edition (Routledge 2017).


Cover of Religion in 5 Minutes
Aaron W. Hughes and Russell T. McCutcheon, eds. Religion in 5 Minutes (Sheffield, UK: Equinox).




A stylized version of Manly Hall, with Department of Religious Studies-- University of Alabama
Russell T. McCutcheon, “Studying Religion in Culture: A Tale of Propositions and Conjunctions.”


Cover of American Anthropologist
Horace Miner, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema,” American Anthropologist 58. 3 (1956): 503-507.


Online Readings

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