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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Comparative Religion (REL-313)


Varies (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

June 2024 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: analyze and compare the core beliefs and practices of major world religions; critically engage with primary religious texts and scholarly interpretations; examine the historical and cultural contexts of various religious traditions; and explore the interactions and influences among different religions.


Comparative Religion is an undergraduate course that examines the comparative study of major world religions, offering an in-depth examination of beliefs, practices, texts, and historical contexts. Students explore the intricate relationships and differences among religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and indigenous traditions. Key topics include theological and philosophical doctrines; rituals, symbols, and sacred spaces; the role of religious texts and their interpretations; historical development and cultural contexts; and inter-religious dialogue and contemporary issues.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Religious Studies, Comparative Religion, World Religions, History of Religions, or Religion in the Contemporary World (6/24).