Comparative Mythology

Comparative Mythology is a class that explores the gods, stories, and legends from many different cultures, including Greece, Egypt, Scandinavia, Sumeria, Babylon, and India. The main goals of the course are to examine how myths fall into similar patterns but also have distinct characteristics that illustrate cultural values. The course is organized by topics, such as creation myths, love and fertility myths, and hero myths. Students will have a text supplemented with other materials, and a second book, The Power of Myth, which they will read and do discussion posts about throughout the semester.