AMCULT 270 - Religion in America
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This is a one-term introduction to the study of American religion from colonial times to the present. The emphasis will be on how Americans have practiced their religion in different eras rather than on religion as a set of formal beliefs. We will explore the European roots of American religious forms, the rise of revivalism as a major cultural force in colonial and 19th-century America, the commercialization and fragmentation of religious life after the American Revolution, the legal and political history of the doctrine of religious freedom, the place of women in the major religious traditions, the synthesis of African and Christian belief systems in the slave community, the emergence of fundamentalism on the political stage in the 20th century, and the wide diversity of sectarian beliefs in all eras of American history. Readings will include a variety of first-hand accounts written by people in the past describing their beliefs and practices, legal cases over differing interpretations of the First Amendment, novels and films depicting religious communities, and scholarly analyses of the place of religion in American life. Students from a variety of faith backgrounds are welcome!

Course Requirements:

Intended Audience:

All undergraduate students. No prerequisites.

Class Format:

Two lectures and one discussion section per week.

AMCULT 270 - Religion in America
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
22707
Open
1
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
27398
Open
1
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
27399
Closed
0
 
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Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
27400
Closed
0
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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ISBN: 9780195300185
American civil religion : what Americans hold sacred, Author: Peter Gardella., Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press 2014
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780892552986
How I found America : collected stories of Anzia Yezierska, Author: introduction by Vivian Gornick., Publisher: Persea Books 1991
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780345806543
Go tell it on the mountain, Author: Baldwin, James, 1924-1987.
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780199360468
Mine eyes have seen the glory : a journey into the evangelical subculture in america., Author: BALMER, RANDALL HERBERT., Publisher: OXFORD University Press 2014
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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