Church History and Doctrine

Survey of World Religions

Survey of World Religions
Explores the origins, theological doctrines, scriptural works, and religious practices of several internationally religious traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Comparisions are offered between these religions, and Latter-day Saints belief and practice.
 Hours2.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 NoteAlso offered by BYU Independent Study; enroll anytime throughout year; one year to complete; additional tuition required; register at
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring, Summer
 ProgramsContaining REL C 351
Course Outcomes: 


Students will know founders, places of significance, important events, central texts, core beliefs and practices of the world's major religious traditions.


Students will be able to recognize and articulate key historical, theological and liturgical differences between various religious traditions.


Students will be able to recognize elements of truth in traditions other than their own, and will develop a greater sense of God's loving guidance and work among all who seek Him.


Students will be able to offer more informed explanations of their own religious beliefs and commitments, and engage in mutually beneficial dialogue with believers in other traditions.