Course Description for Religion in America
Religion in America
This course will give students an overview of the variety of religious expressions found in the United States. We will begin with a unit designed to provide historical context, and then move to a unit that explores the development of social and political conflict around religion and religious issues, and conclude with a unit that provides a sampling of current movements and trends in religion. In each unit, we will pay attention to the practice of religion (as opposed to merely emphasizing belief systems) as well as to the relationship between religion and culture. Through readings, lectures, class discussions and a group project, the course explores the growth and diversity in American religion and the conflict produced by that diversity.