HUM 117 — Introduction to World Religions
The focus of this course is on major world religions – their history, teachings, role today, and the interrelationships of religion and culture in the modern world. The course takes an approach that emphasizes “personal explorations” of the religious ideas and beliefs of other peoples around the globe. Rather than concentrating upon the memorization of other religious creeds and dogmas from books, the course encourages students to try to understand how and why other peoples find meaning, comfort, and fulfillment on a deeper level of existence through their religious beliefs. The course will combine study of the sacred works of other religions with multimedia presentations/videos and guest speakers who provide the human and historical contexts in which major world religions have developed.