Course Description

This course is a study of religion through the myths and beliefs of major religious founders including Buddha, Confucius, Jesus and Mohammad.

This course fulfills 3 credits of the Humanities or Social Science degree requirement in Liberal Studies.

Meeting Place and Times

Online

Instructor(s)

Holly Grether, Ph.D.

Holly Grether earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies (South Asia emphasis) in 2010 from University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been teaching courses at MSU in Religious Studies, History and CLS First Year Seminar since 2007. Dr. Grether has studied both Sanskrit and Hindi and her academic specializations include Asian Religions, Women in India, Ritual Studies, and History of Religions.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammad as Religious Founders
    Author(s): by Confucius (translated by D.C. Lau) Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (2001) ASIN: B01A3ON4YG Price: approximately $6 (used) plus shipping and handling Misc. info: paperback This book can be purchased or rented with various online retailers
  • Life of the Buddha
    Author(s):Ashva-Ghosha, Patrick Olivelle (Translator)
    Publisher: Clay Sanskrit (May 1, 2008)
    ISBN-13: 978-0814762165
    ISBN-10: 0814762166
    Price: approximately $22 (new) plus shipping and handling
    Misc. info: paperback
    This book can be purchased with various online retailers
  • The Dhammapada
    Author(s):Ashva-Ghosha, Patrick Olivelle (Translator)
    Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (April 29, 2004)
    ASIN: B002XHNOIS
    Price: approximately $8 (new) plus shipping and handling
    Misc. info: paperback
    This book can be purchased with various online retailers
  • Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations
    Author(s):MIchael Sells
    Publisher: White Cloud Press (1817)
    ASIN: B01N910KD0
    Price: approximately $84 (used) plus shipping and handling
    Misc. info: paperback
    This book can be purchased with various online retailers
  • The Analects
    Author(s): Confucius, D. C. Lau (Translator)
    Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1st edition (September 3, 1998)
    ISBN-13: 978-0140443486
    ISBN-10: 0140443487
    Price: approximately $8 (used) plus shipping and handling
    Misc. info: paperback
    This book can be purchased with various online retailers

 

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

 

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For course information: Please contact the instructor, Holly Grether at hgrether@montana.edu.

 

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

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