University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Introduction to the Major (AIM)


Gateway/Entry-Point Courses into Religion Major/Minor

Several courses serve as good introductions to the major. None have prerequisites.

REL 020 Introduction to Religion: Comparative

Comparison of diverse practices and beliefs from selected religious traditions and cultures. Offered fall and spring.

REL 021 Introduction to Religion: Asian Traditions

Study of the Hindu, Buddhist, and East Asian religious traditions as expressed in their basic symbolisms, writings, practices, and cultural forms. Offered fall and spring.

REL 023 Introduction to Religion: Bible

Study of religious expressions as exemplified in biblical and related texts. Offered fall and spring.

REL 026 Introduction to the Study of Religions: African Religions

Introduction to religious practices and experiences in sub-Saharan Africa through an examination of historical, ethnographic, fictional and multimedia accounts. Offered fall semester.

Contact Information

Kevin Trainor, Chair
Department of Religion
Phone: (802) 656-3080
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