ANTH 304

Anthropology of Religion

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course takes a cross-cultural approach to religion in relation to the individual life cycle, social order and relations, and culture change. Students examine theoretical constructs and methods and their relation to a variety of religious beliefs and practices in the United States and globally.


Learning outcomes


  • Understands anthropological approaches to the study of religion and appreciates that changing political and economic relation around the world have influenced these approaches.
  • Can analyze, evaluate, and write about religious beliefs with respect to the local and global contexts that help shape them.
  • Can critically analyze, at an upper division level, the history and context of religious belief and practices, and can write about this to evaluate one's own lived experience.
  • Understands the central role of religion in shaping social and individual identity.
  • Understands the role of religious conviction in mediating or fostering conflict in the contemporary world.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 8: Global Perspective

  • Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  • Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.

Spring 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Anthropology of Religion Santos, Jose L. Books Course details

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Anthropology of Religion Staff, Staff Books Course details