The Department offers to first-year students two courses without prerequisite: RELS 131A&B World Religion/Religious Worlds and RELS 161A&B Contemporary Problems in Religion and Culture. Both have been devised with first-year students in mind, either as an elective or as the initial course in a Plan in Religious Studies.
Students in second, third or fourth level (including those in Faculties other than Arts and Science) are also welcome in the courses numbered RELS-131A&B World Religion/Religious Worlds and RELS-161A&B Contemporary Problems in Religion and Culture, but you should note that many courses in the Department have no prerequisites excepting second-year or third-year standing in the University. Very often these courses will prove to be better suited to the needs of upper-level students than the first-level courses. Students should note that work done in other departments often prepares them adequately for advanced courses in religious studies.