University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Introduction to the Major (AIM)


Gateway/Entry-Point Courses into Religion Major/Minor

All of our 000-level, introductory courses provide a good introduction to the major and minor. None of them have prerequisites, with the exception of REL 027-028, which require admission to the Integrated Humanities Program.

Introductory-level courses include:

REL 020: Introduction to Religion: Comparative

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

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.

REL 023 - Introduction to Religion: Bible

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

REL 026: Introduction to Religion: African Religions

Introduction to the study of religion with an emphasis on African religious beliefs, practices and experiences.

REL 029: Introduction to Religion: Global Religion

Study of the global dimensions of religion, including the impact of globalization on religious communities, and the effect of religious movements on global processes.

Contact Information

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