In the “Religions of Des Moines” courses, students learn about the history and practice of different religions by exploring religious communities in the Des Moines area. Work for the course, which counts for Honors credit, includes readings, discussion, excursions, and the creation of digital stories. Topics in the past have included Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, and Sikhism.
The "Religions of Des Moines" digital stories are part of an initiative for the Comparison Project, an innovative effort of Drake University's Philosophy and Religion Department to practice a philosophy of religion that is religiously diverse. Digital stories can be found through the Comparison Project website.