This class was tough.
Beth Ritter-Conn is, by far, the best professor I have ever had. She requires the class to tackle topics that are typically avoided by other professors. This course is about religions and traditions around the world. At a Christian university, such a course might be watered down, or focused on other traditions' relation to Christianity. This was not the case with Beth's course. We read almost exclusively from primary texts and dove into deep discussion during class. I highly recommend this course.
Thanks to this course, I have read a large percentage of the Quran, the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Tanakh, the Pali Canon, and the Mahayana Sutras. We also visited different religious centers around the city, including the Islamic Center, the Sri Ganesha Temple, and a Buddhist temple.
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Advice for students:
Do all the readings. You will feel so accomplished at the end of the course, when you have read texts from the largest religions around the world. That way, next time you are at a family gathering and one of your Christian family members brings up the Quran, you can respond by beginning with "Well, I have read the Quran, and..."