Anthropology of Religion


Have you ever wondered why people have seemingly very different religious practices and preferences? To find out, this course takes you on a journey into religious lives of others, and why we believe in what we do.


What you can learn.

  • Articulate differences and similarities of religions across space and time
  • Identify social and psychological factors affecting cross-cultural religious variation
  • Understand and apply anthropological methods to religious ideologies and action systems

About this course:

Survey of various methodologies in comparative study of religious ideologies and action systems, including understanding particular religions through descriptive and structural approaches, and identification of social and psychological factors that may account for variation in religious systems cross-culturally. (Formerly numbered 156.) Transferable for UC Credit.

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