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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rising Hope, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience

Sociology of Religion


45 hours (15 weeks). 

Various facilities as authorized by Rising Hope.

November 2011 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and explain key elements of the history and development of the field of sociology of religion, its methods, and key theorists; analyze and interpret the relationships between religion and society, and between religion, politics and economics; analyze the intersection of religion with gender, social class and race; examine and discuss contemporary trends of religion in America in the 21st century; and synthesize different aspects of the sociology of religion.


Instruction is offered in a classroom-based approach using lectures accompanied by supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, oral presentations, interaction with instructor, and final exams. Topics include: origins and definitions of religion; the social functions of religion; the relationship of religion and society; contemporary religious movements; women, race, sex and religion; and the emphasis in the 21st century on the personal, individualistic dimension of religion. Recommended Prerequisite: Introduction to Sociology.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in American Society and Culture, Sociology, or Sociology of Religion (11/16) (4/22 revalidation).