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Printed Version - $225

Online Access - $225

Introduction to World Religions

  • Premier Product - Online access for this course is 18 weeks. After you purchase a Premier course, you will receive your online ID and password via email within two business days.
  • Academic Support (Available for Premier Product Only) - If you purchase the additional Academic Support for this course you will receive 18 weeks of support.

World Religions course prepares you to take the DSST/DANTES examination entitled �Introduction to World Religions�

The exam covers material that would be typically taught in an upper-level, interdisciplinary course at the undergraduate level. You must have knowledge and understanding of the major world religions as viewed in their social and historical context; be able to apply concepts drawn from sociology, psychology, and philosophy; as well as to compare and analyze religious beliefs and practices

The DSST/DANTES exam is multiple choice with a two-hour time limit.

Topics covered in this course are:

  • Religion: Basic dimensions of religion, Approaches to religion
  • Primal Religions: Native North American traditions, Native West African traditions
  • Hinduism: Historical development, Major themes
  • Jainism
  • Buddhism: Historical development, Major themes
  • Confucianism: Historical development, Major themes
  • Taoism
  • Shinto
  • Judaism: Historical development, Major themes
  • Christianity: Historical development
  • Islam: Historical development, Major themes

(Taken from "Introduction to World Religions," DSST Subject Standardized Tests, The Chauncey Group International, ©2000.)

*Important - Please be sure to order the correct required textbook(s) for the type of product that you would like (Traditional, Advanced or Premier) The required textbook(s) for the Advanced and Premier Course are listed below.

Ways to the Center: An Introduction to World Religions, 7th edition, Cengage
ISBN 9781133942252

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • A History of the World's Religions   
      13th by David S. Noss, Blake R. Grangaard - Pearson,
    ISBN 9780205167975