World Religions

Course Code: REL2300

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: 2021-22


Course Description:
An introduction to the study of major religions of the world and the historical framework and philosophies within which they developed. Attention will be given to their origins, nature, classic beliefs, and practices. Among the religions to be considered are Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This course has been designated as an international/diversity course.

Course Details


Acceptable placement scores in reading of a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher in REA 0019


Richard L. Elligson, Ph.D.



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Brodd, Jeffrey, Invitation to World Religions. 3rd ed. Boston: Oxford University Press, 2018. ISBN: 9780190690816


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issue.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Examine the philosophies of various religions.

Describe the cultural and historical meaning of these religions. 

Compare the influences of various religions on modern society.

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

Quizzes, Research Papers, Unit Tests



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read all assigned materials.
  • Attend all classes and participate in class discussions.
  • Develop a personal study guide for each unit test.
  • Complete independent research.
  • Report research findings in a term paper.

Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and or classroom discussions. Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.

Chapters are as follows:

  1. An Invitation to the Study of World Religions
  2. Indigenous Religions of North America
  3. Indigenous Religions of Africa
  4. Hinduism
  5. Buddism
  6. Jainism
  7. Sikhism
  8. Chinese Religions: Confucianism and Daoism
  9. Shinto
  10. Zorastrianism
  11. Judism
  12. Christianity
  13. Islam
  14. New Religious Movements



College-wide policies and resources

For more specific information on Chipola's college-wide academic policies and resources available to students, visit the link below.