Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course

This course is an introduction to the beliefs and practices of the world’s living religious traditions. In addition to various indigenous religions, students will examine the historical evolution, doctrinal beliefs, practices, and cultural expressions of the great religious traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Selected readings from these traditions, along with speakers, film clips, and visits to local religious institutions will expose the students to authentic learning opportunities and experiences to strengthen understanding of the similarities and uniqueness of the various faith traditions. Twenty-first century citizenship requires that we understand the impact of religion in our time, respecting the beliefs and practices of those religious traditions that have passed the test of time and continue to shape culture across the globe.