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NEW ASU UL Course: REL 101 Religion, Culture, and Public Life

Arizona State University has added another NEW course to their Universal Learner (UL) program: REL 101 Religion, Culture, and Public LIfe. This new 3 college credit course is available as a teacher-paced course.

3 college credits = 1 high school credit


Religion continues to be a site of conflict, confusion and controversy. It maintains a space in the modern world that is either perceived as a source of peace and morality or as an unnecessary and obsolete source of conflict. In this course, students will discuss the many facets of religion in a globalizing world. We will examine why religion persists in its various forms across the globe. In addition, we will analyze the ways that religion interacts and engages within the public realm, in both positive and negative formats. Identity, politics, gender, technology, and media are just a few of the places where we will find religion and religious influence.

What you’ll learn

  • Summarize the nature and scope of religious studies
  • Contextualize the study of “religion” throughout history
  • Explain the historical development of the concept of religion
  • Describe the key methodological approaches to studying religion
  • Analyze cultural assumptions about what constitutes rituals and religions
  • Identify the ways that religious authority is constructed
  • Analyze how religion, gender, race, and power intersect
  • Determine how loyalties to nation-state, global identity, and religious commitments intersect
  • Describe how religious identity compels some individuals and groups to engage in or disengage from ecological issues
  • Analyze how “indigenous religion or spirituality” (re)emerge as resources for environmentalism
  • Analyze the emergence of artificial intelligence and its relationship with religion
  • Explore the future of technology and religion


To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy.


This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the Humanities (HU) and Global Awareness (G) General Studies requirements for Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.


As with all ASU Universal Learner courses, the cost is just $25 to sign up and you pay $400 at the end, only if you like the grade. If you don’t pay there is no record of the course, no record of failure, or record of not completing the course.

What is the UL program?

ASU’s Universal Learner program, formerly known as the Earned Admissions program, is a unicorn in the college world. Students of any age in any part of the world can sign up for regionally accredited (the gold standard) college courses with no hassles, no need to send your transcripts, no red tape, no placement tests, and no risk to a student’s GPA. If the student doesn’t get the grade they want, simply do not pay the $400 at the end of the course and there is no record of the course. Retake the courses as many times as is needed for just a minimal $25 sign-up fee. Find out the full scope of the program.

How to Sign Up

For more detailed information about how to sign up and take courses in the Universal Learner program, formerly known as the Earned Admissions program, please visit our post “How to Sign up for ASU Earned Admissions Courses”