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HUMN 2100 - Western Religious Traditions: Judaism, Christianity, & Islam

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

HUMN 2100 focuses on the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Through textbook, primary sources, and other materials, students will develop an understanding of the historical as well as modern‑day manifestations of the religions covered. By the end of the class, students will possess an understanding of the history, system, and dynamics of these traditions. This class will also look at how these religions are being portrayed and dealt with in popular culture and the media.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the major characteristics of the three monotheistic religions:


  1. Identify and discuss major themes in the religions studied.
  2. Identify and discuss core beliefs of the religions studied
  3. Describe and discuss aspects of the year and life cycle of adherents of the religions studied.
  4. Discuss the development of the religions studied in a historical context.
  5. Discuss customs and habits associated with religion and explain how they reflect the beliefs.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to compare and contrast the religions studied.


  1. Identify fundamental similarities and differences between religious ideas like: afterlife, evil, the human condition, etc.
  2. Describe how particular religious concepts are reinforced by the history or structure of the religion.
  3. Identify and discuss different approaches to current events and contemporary topics within the religions studied.
  4. Discuss the impact Western society and the media has had on traditional views and values in the religions studied.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the ritual practices and gathering places of the religions studied.


  1. Attend 3 field trips to various religious locations.
  2. Compose response papers that reflect understanding of activities and rituals witnessed.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Week Topic

  1. Orientation: Syllabus and course overview
    Brief introduction to the study of religion and theories of study
  2. Comparative analysis of Monotheistic systems covered in class.
  3. Judaism: History and development
  4. Judaism: Scriptures and theology
  5. Judaism: System of faith and practices of belief
  6. Judaism: Jewish modernism and Judaism test
  7. Christianity: History and development
  8. Christianity: Scriptures and theology
  9. Christianity: System of faith and Practices of belief
  10. Christianity: contemporary issues and Christianity test
  11. Islam: History and development
  12. Islam: Scriptures and theology
  13. Islam: System of faith and practices of belief
  14. Islam: politics, fundamentalism, and Islam test
  15. Modernity and Monotheism- challenges to the 3 religions
  16. Wrap up, Review, and Final Exam.

Primary Faculty
Messana, Jason
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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