Offers an introductory survey of major religious traditions of the world. Through lectures, discussions, assigned readings, and audiovisual presentations, students will gain a broad, basic knowledge of Eastern as well as Western religions. Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam. Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto will be examined. Each religion will be studied under five principal divisions: origin and development, literature, tenets, ritual and worship, ethics, and institutions. To have a better understanding of all religions, their historical and cultural frameworks along with important social aspects such as identity, tolerance, conformity, and gender will be examined. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements for the General Education component.