REL 105.001

Honors Introduction to Religious Studies

T, R | 11:00-12:15

GP 151

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This course offers an introduction to the academic study of religion through a series of key terms in religious studies:

  • Religion
  • Definition
  • Myth
  • Ritual
  • Belief
  • Authenticity

This is not an introduction to “world religions” but rather and introduction to the ways scholars of religion approach the things they study. It also introduces students to the ways scholars of religion might find things worth studying that are not obviously “religion,” whatever that means.

Michael J. Altman

  • Office hours: 

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

  • (205) 348-5271
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McCutcheon, Russell
Studying Religion: An Introduction
Routledge, 2019

Hughes, Aaron W. and Russell T. McCutcheon
Religion in 5 Minutes
Equinox, 2017

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

Online Readings

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