Introduction To World Religions

Western Texas College
Department of Social Sciences

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course description – A comparative study of major world religions, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
    2. Prerequisites - Student should have a proficiency in reading & writing.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes.Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Read, analyze, and critique religious texts. 
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of beliefs, practices, values, and terminology of major world religions. 
    3. Trace the historical developments and cultural expressions of world religions.
    4. Articulate key conceptual distinctions in world religions. 
    5. Communicate understanding of world religions, orally or in writing. 
    6. Communicate ways of living responsibly in a world where people have diverse religious beliefs. 
  3.  Major Course Requirements
    1. Reading: There will be weekly reading assignments for each week of the course.
    2. Exams:  There will be three to four major exams spaced throughout the semester.
    3. Writing Assignments: There will be multiple writing assignments spaced throughout the semester.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. World Religions, A Historical Approach, Fourth Edition, by Solomon A. Nigosian
      ISBN-13: 978-0-312-44237-8
  1. Other Policies:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  1. Course Organization & Tentative Schedule*



Reading Assignments

Week 1

Course Introduction


Week 2-3

The Study of World Religions

Chapter 1

Week 4-5


Chapter 10

Week 6-7


Chapter 11

Week 8-9


Chapter 17

Week 10-11


Chapter 18

Week 12-13


Chapter 19

Week 14-15

Other Religions (Topics vary)

To be determined

Week 16

Final Exam


*The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change.


Last Modified: August 19, 2015