This course introduces students primarily to the study of Hinduism and Buddhism, but also examines Jainism and Sikhism. It studies their origins in the South Asian subcontinent. It explores some of their seminal texts and divergent beliefs and practices. Students are encouraged to take seriously the cultural and aesthetic achievements and interaction of these religions. It introduces students to diaspora communities (“dispersion” into other countries, including the USA) and to modern reconstructions of faith. Students will and must visit a local Hindu or Buddhist place of worship if they take this course.