Northern Arizona University
College of Arts and Letters
Department of Humanities, Arts, and Religion
RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD
3 credit hours
MWF 10:20 – 11:10
Lodewijk van der Loo
phone: 523-9130; e-mail: Peter.vanderLoo@nau.edu
phone: 523-8892; e-mail: Jason.BeDuhn@nau.edu
phone 523-3892; e-mail: Paul.Donnelly@nau.edu
Prof. van der Loo: Riles 114, Mo 8:30-10am, We 12:15-1:45pm, or by appointment
Prof. BeDuhn: Riles 110, Tu 1-2pm, or by appointment
Prof. Donnelly: Riles 115, MoWe 11:30am-1pm, or by appointment
Teaching assistants, their email addresses and office hours will be announced in
class and, at that time, posted on the course Vista site.
This course explores six major religious traditions of the world: Judaism,
Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the religions of tribal peoples.
Together, these traditions represent the religious lives of over three billion people;
they are most likely to be the religions of your neighbors, and the religions which
impact the most on social, political, economic, and cultural events in your lifetime.
To be an informed and active citizen of the United States and of the world, a person
should have a basic understanding of the religions of the world such as this course
For each of the six traditions, this course will examine its history,
principal ideas, and core practices.
This course is a liberal studies course in the
block, and also satisfies the university requirement for a
Active engagement with the material of this course will enable the student
to summarize the principal ideas of each religion studied.
to describe the main religious practices of each religion studied.
to explain how each religion studied shapes part of world culture and society
through the commitments and actions of its members.