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“Spiritual But Not Religious”: Spirituality in America

Matthew S. Hedstrom
Author

University of Virginia
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Syllabus
Resource Type

2012
Date Published

Description:

What does “spiritual but not religious” mean, and why has it become such a pervasive self-description in contemporary America? This interdisciplinary course surveys spirituality in America, with a particular eye for the relationship between spirituality and formal religion, on the one hand, and secular modes of understanding the self, such as psychology, on the other. Along the way we’ll study everything from AA to yoga to Zen meditation, with stops in Christian rock, Beat poetry, Abstract Expressionist painting, spirit photography, the feminist movement, environmentalism, and recent film. The study of spirituality forces us to confront many of the central concerns of modern American life: psychology, self-help, and therapeutic culture; global religious and cultural encounters; gender and sexuality; and consumerism and mass culture. In the end, we’ll come to see spirituality in America as a complex intermingling of the great world religions, modern therapeutic psychology, the politics of movements for social change, and a crassly commercialized, billion-dollar culture industry. Is this the fate of religion in a modern, capitalist, globalized society?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, General Comparative Traditions, Hinduism, New Religious Movements, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, He​alth/Death, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords: Consumerism, Counterculture

African American Religions

Julius Bailey
Author

University of Redlands
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2006
Date Published

Description:

This course offers an introduction to African American religions. The class moves chronologically, examining African religions in the Americas (Santeria, Candomble, and Vodou), cultural continuities between African and African-American religions, slave religion, and the development of independent African American churches. We will examine the rise of African American new religious movements such as Father Divine and the Nation of Islam, and the religious dimensions of the Civil Rights Movement. Moving through African-American religious history, we will consider topics such as slave resistance, gender and race, and emigration to Africa.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Islam, New Religious Movements, Other Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Family/Children/Reproduction, Race/Ethnicity

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African American Religious History

Alison Collis Greene
Author

Mississippi State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

African American Religious History is a new upper-level course in the History Department.  This course provides an introduction to African American religious history from the colonial period to the present. The course textbook provides a broad overview of African American religious history, which provides a common base of knowledge for our discussions. The additional course readings, lectures, documentary viewings, and class discussion provide an opportunity to examine particular moments or movements in more depth. By the end of the course, students should have both a general knowledge of African American religious history and a more comprehensive knowledge of a few particularly rich moments and themes in that history.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Islam, Other Christianities, Other Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural

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American Catholic History

Michael Pasquier
Author

Louisiana State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2012
Date Published

Description:

This course provides an introduction to the historical experiences of Catholics in North America from the colonial period to the present. This course is not only an institutional history of the American Catholic Church, but also a study of popular manifestations of Catholicism which tries to uncover the diverse experiences of American Catholics in different places and times throughout the history of the United States. We will use a variety of primary and secondary sources to achieve these goals, including traditional monographs, novels, memoirs, films, papal documents, correspondences, essays, speeches, poetry, political writings, sermons, advertisements, liturgies, and works of art. Over the course of the semester we will learn about the major developments, persons, institutions, and ideas that shaped the experiences of Catholics at different moments in American history. We will also learn how to listen to and understand the voices of people from the past and the present, perspectives that are embedded in historical artifacts and available to us in the person of Catholic adherents today.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

American Christianities

Emily Clark
Author

Gonzaga University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

Americans frequently debate on whether or not this is a Christian nation. Those same Americans have different understandings of what a “Christian nation” is. In America, it seems there is no one way to be Christian. From initial encounters and exchanges between European colonists and Native Americans to the serpent-handling churches in rural Appalachia, we will build a thematic and chronological framework for understanding the diversity of Christianities in American history and culture. Christianity has been a dominant force in American history, and it has been a very diverse force. During the course, we will investigate the powerful social, cultural, political, and intellectual role Christianity plays in our nation’s past.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

American Christianity

Diana Butler Bass
Author

Rhodes College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1996
Date Published

Description:

Course Goals and Objectives: 1.) Present a broad survey of the history of Christianity in the United States. 2.) Acquaint students with the contributions of the Christian tradition to American culture and the effects of American culture on Christian faith and practice. 3.) Assess the role and importance of traditionally marginalized peoples and religious traditions in American Christianity. 4.) Increase analytical and critical skills with primary and secondary sources and the ability to express those skills verbally and in writing. 5.) Understand the relevance of historical debates regarding God, nature and society to current religious, social and political issues.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

American Civil Religion

Julia M. Speller
Author

Chicago Theological Seminary
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

This course will examine the origins, structures and parameters of American Civil Religion and discuss its presence in and influence on American society and American religion. This study will focus on the speeches, addresses, sermons and essays of Benjamin Franklin, Lucretia Mott, Abraham Lincoln, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Frederick Douglass as they each responded to the issues of authority, freedom, justice and social transformation, and in so doing, reveals important aspects of this phenomenon on the issues of their time.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Seminary

Class Type: Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Interdisciplinary

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

American Evangelicalism

Omri Elisha
Author

Queens College, City University of New York
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

Evangelical Christianity is among the most powerful religious movements in the world today. Driven by the mandate to “bring new souls to Christ,” as well as the demands of born-again faith and biblical orthodoxy, evangelicals along with televangelists, revivalists, and missionaries, pursue a wide array of social, cultural, and even commercial enterprises, inspiring all manner of innovation, indoctrination, and controversy. This course takes a serious look at evangelicalism from an anthropological perspective. Covering topics such as revivalism, Biblicism, contemporary Christian media, missionization, and gender ideology, we will consider multiple dimensions of evangelicalism as lived religion, an explore its active role in shaping many of the key cultural movements, debates, and historical transformations that have defined secular modernity, from confessional notions of self and society to conflicts over religion and science and the separation of church and state. Our aim will be neither to evaluate nor justify evangelical Christianity but rather to better understand the depth and complexity of its global influence in the contemporary moment.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Anthropology, English

Religious Traditions: Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports

Keywords: thematic

American Gospels: Religion and American Literature

Danielle B. Sigler
Author

Austin College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2004
Date Published

Description:

Traditionally, religion and American literature course shave examined expressions of religious faith and practice in American fiction using American religious history as an organizational tool. This course recognizes that the relationship between American literature and religion is complex and not merely representational. Thus, we will examine a variety of works that typify four different ways American writers have combined art and religion: rewriting sacred texts, writing works of fiction and non-fiction that have inspired new religions and new religious movements, writing fiction that examines issue of faith and the supernatural, and finally critiquing American religion through fiction.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, English

Religious Traditions: New Religious Movements, Protestant

Mormonism

Topics: Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

Keywords: satire

American Indian Religions

Sarah Dees
Author

Iowa State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2019
Date Published

Description:

The purpose of this course is to teach students about histories, sources, ways of knowing, politics, and ethical considerations that are valuable when seeking to understand Native American religious traditions. The course explores historical and contemporary Native traditions in what is today the United States. We will draw on theories from Religious Studies and Indigenous Studies, and utilize a range of methods, including historical, anthropological, and cultural studies approaches. Lectures, readings, discussions, and assignments will help to illuminate features of Native American traditions and situate them within important historical and political contexts. The course covers Native North American religious diversity, history, and contemporary practices. We will consider a number of issues: ethics, politics, practice, popular culture, self-determination, cultural appropriation, land rights, relationality, and environmentalism. We will both try to gain a big-picture look at themes and issues that affect many practitioners while examining case studies from specific Native nations.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies, Other

American Indian Studies, Indigenous Studies

Religious Traditions: Indigenous

Topics: Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Politics/Law/Government, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

American Jewish History and Culture

Lila Corwin Berman
Author

Pennsylvania State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2006
Date Published

Description:

As one of the earliest non-Christian immigrant populations, American Jews have struggled to explain how they could nonetheless fit into American cultural, political and social life. At the same time, many Jews have been concerned with their own survival as a distinctive group, unwilling to cede those practices, behaviors or traits that designate them as a people apart from other Americans. The student of American-Jewish history must be attuned to the multiple ways that Jewishness has been defined: as a race, a religion, a nationality, and an ethnicity. In this course, far from choosing just one of these designations, we will explore Jewish life from many different angles. Topics to be considered include religious reform, immigrant experience, political activism, popular culture, and struggles over community authority and membership.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Jewish Studies

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics: Family/Children/Reproduction, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

American Preaching: Word, Performance, and Media

M. Cooper Harriss
Author

Indiana University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

A provocation: There is no more significant historical influence on the development of American language and literature, political oratory, musical/entertainment style, and
the refinement of media and technology—all of which is to say “American culture”— than preachers and their preaching. This course begins with a brief historical overview of the diversity of American preaching and some primary cultural and theoretical concerns before tracing its contributions to presumably “secular” culture considered in three categories: word (literature, rhetoric, and authority), performance (music, oratory, symbolic action, embodiment, affect), and media (pamphlets, radio, television, Internet, and other technologies). In the process we’ll consider religious dimensions of cultural production, questions of authority and identity, phenomenologies of charisma and emotion, and the critical possibilities for theology, homiletics, and other confessional “data” within the study of religion and culture.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: religious leaders

American Religion

Rachel Wheeler
Author

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2004
Date Published

Description:

A consideration of American religion, with particular emphasis on the development of religious diversity and religious freedom in the context of the American social,political, and economic experience. Special attention will be directed to changes in Roman Catholicism and Judaism as well as to alterations in the nature of American Protestantism.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Hinduism, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

American Religion & Refugees

Cara Burnidge
Author

University of Northern Iowa
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

This course is a semester-long examination of religion and refugees in American history and culture. We will study what Americans mean—and have meant—when they talk about “religion,” “refugees,” and even “America”; we will examine what it means to belong to a nation as a citizen and what it means to be stateless; we will think historically and critically about nationalism, religion, and American culture; and we will reflect upon the relationships between and among all of these issues and their influence in our lives and American life today. In doing so, we will dwell upon the big questions central to religious and national identity: who belongs and who does not? Who has—or had—the authority to decide who belongs? How is that belonging enforced? What, if anything, unites “us” as an “us”? How do we know who is with “us” and who is not? As we think about these questions, we will see in more ways than one how this issue hits close to home.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: service learning

American Religion and Popular Culture in Theoretical Perspective

Sarah McFarland Taylor
Author

Northwestern University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

This course provides an introduction to critical issues in and approaches to the study of religion and popular culture in America. We will self-reflexively consider what counts as “religion” in America, why, according what criteria, how definitions of religion change over time, and who has the authority to decide what falls into this category and what is excluded. In thinking through these questions, students will be asked to problematize “high” versus “low” culture distinctions, definitional oppositions between “the sacred” and “the profane,” and theoretical divisions between what is labeled as “religious” and “secular.” Examining a series of case studies drawn from film, television, popular music, performance art, and consumer culture, we explore the ways in which various forms of popular culture not explicitly recognized as being “religious” arguably take on religious dimensions. Where do we “see” or do not “see” religion, and what cultural and aesthetic factors (including iconographic and mythic representations of “America”) might shape these perceptions? Finally, we consider the export of American religion and popular culture to a global audience and the broader cultural ramifications of this phenomenon.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, Anthropology

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, He​alth/Death, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords:

American Religions

Karin E. Gedge
Author

West Chester University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

Students in this course will acquire a broad overview of American religions from pre-European contact to the present with an emphasis on continuity and change over time, the remarkable variety and intensity of voluntary religion, and the sources of both conflict and consensus within and between various traditions. Since this is an advanced level history course, students will be required to demonstrate not only knowledge of course content but also skills in note-taking, inquiry, research, analysis, synthesis, and historiography. No prior knowledge of American religions or religious history is required. However, a basic working knowledge of American political and social history is an asset. This is a very demanding course, but students will have the opportunity to to acquire interesting, valuable knowledge and skills they will be able to use and apply beyond this course.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

Keywords:

American Religions: In Search of the Promised Land

Tracy Neal Leavelle
Author

Creighton University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2006
Date Published

Description:

Religious communities and inspired individuals have through time discovered in America a seemingly ideal place to pursue their hopeful visions of purity, truth, and salvation. We will explore in this course the vibrant, contentious, and unfinished story of this ongoing search for the Promised Land. Together, we will examine the mutual influences of religion and American culture through studies of diverse religious communities with a particular emphasis on the intersection between religion and place. Specific issues for consideration include concepts of home and sacred space, religious dimensions of the conquest of America, religion and nature, the faith and practices of exile communities, and the influence of border culture on religion. Students will also participate in an ongoing project mapping Omaha religious landscapes. The project involves site visits, interviews, research in local historical material, and the use of advanced GPS and GIS technology.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous

Topics: He​alth/Death, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Region/Urban/Rural, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords:

American Religious Communities

Jennifer Graber
Author

College of Wooster
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2011
Date Published

Description:

Religious life in the United States has been marked by an ongoing tension: the power sought, and sometimes obtained, by majority religious groups and the religious pluralism that marks the population and is protected by law. In this class, we will explore this tension through a historically organized survey of majority and minority religious communities. We begin with the continent’s original pluralism in its hundreds of Native American religious traditions. We then move to powerful varieties of Protestant Christianity as they interacted with smaller groups, including colonial-era Jews, upstart Mormons, African-American Christians, newly immigrated Catholics, and more recently arrived immigrants who practice Hinduism and Islam.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Class/Power, Immigration/Refugees, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

American Religious Folklife

Leonard Norman Primiano
Author

Cabrini College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

Folklife Studies refers to the scholarly discipline which cultivates a sensibility and an appreciation for the culture of everyday life in complex societies. Religious folklife means specific cultural creations that express religious attitudes and beliefs. This course in American religious folklife will examine the history and culture of religion in America with specific reference to Christian and Christian-based systems, as well as believers’ religious artifacts, art, craft, architecture, belief, customs, habits, foodways, costume, narrative, dance, song and other cultural expressions.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, Other

Folklore Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Judaism, Other Traditions, Protestant

Vodou

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, He​alth/Death, Immigration/Refugees, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: material culture

American Religious History

Valarie Ziegler
Author

DePauw University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

American Religious History functions as a church history/Christian theology course. Though no semester course could possibly cover all or even most of the relevant issues, this course will introduce you to a variety of Christian expressions that have found life in America. We will begin with a study of Native American and European antecedents and proceed to an analysis of selected developments in American Christianity from the colonial period to the present. Two of the themes that will guide our study will be theoretical. The first is a theological question: what did the various groups and individuals believe? We will also ask a sociological question: in what ways did contact with the larger culture affect beliefs, practices, and self-identities? To what extent did religionists seek to shape their culture, and to what extent were they reflections of it? In addition to those theoretical questions, we will give also give attention to two enduring issues of debate: the relationship of men and women and the relationship of European Americans and African Americans within various Christian groups.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History, Theology

Religious Traditions: Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity, Theology/Liturgy

Keywords: christian thought, the south

American Religious History

David Yoo
Author

Claremont McKenna College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

American Religious History is a seminar that complements an introductory course on American religion. While the traditions, regions, and time periods covered are relatively broad, the seminar is less concerned about comprehensive coverage than it is about critically exploring how individuals, families, and communities have drawn upon religion to give meaning to self, group, and nation. Readings and discussion, fieldwork, and research/writing form the core of the course and together suggest the breadth and diversity of the religious history of the United States. The readings consist of historical monographs, articles, biography, fiction, and journalistic accounts. The class is taught as a history seminar and as such, there is an emphasis upon asking how the readings relate not only to the historiography of American religion, but also to the larger contexts of American history. Students are asked to critically explore why it is that so much of American history is written and taught as if religion did not exist. How would our understanding of central themes in our collective past be altered if we paid more attention to religion?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

Keywords: field work

American Religious History

Eugene McCarraher
Author

University of Delaware
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the history of religion in the United States. They will examine the relationship of of religious life to the cultural, social, economic, and political currents of American history, and consider how the history of religion shapes the way we should understand American history as a whole. Thus, they study the development of religious practices and beliefs in relation to proprietary and corporate capitalism, faith in technological progress, an increasingly pervasive market culture, changing gender conventions, racial and ethnic pluralism, and a political democracy structured, in part, by the separation of church and state. What, they ask, is “religion” in America? How have religious communities, practices, and ideas defined the course of American life?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords: modernity,

American Religious History

Keith Harper
Author

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

American Religious History will trace the development of American religion from the Colonial period to the present. We will not ignore important minority traditions such as Catholicism, or Judaism, but our focus will be on Protestants, especially evangelicals. Our operative assumption is that the religious groups and sub-groups that created American religious history have engaged in an ongoing search for order, stability, and legitimacy.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Seminary

Class Type: Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion, Theology/Liturgy

Keywords:

American Religious History

Spencer Fluhman
Author

Brigham Young University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2009
Date Published

Description:

Student Learning Outcomes: Students who put forth the requisite time and effort (i.e., reading, writing, speaking, listening) will be able to (1) identify the historical origins, beliefs, and practices of major religious groups in the United States, (2) identify major events,trends, and transformations in the history of American religion, (3) critically examine historical documents related to the history of American religion, and (4) offer informed perspectives on the ways scholars have understood the history of American religion.

The Course: The course engages documents relating to religious people, practices, and ideas in the American past. Together, we tackle questions about religion in American life: how has religion shaped American culture? Been shaped by it? How has religious difference influenced social development in the United States? How have Americans understoodreligion’s place in the Republic?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords:

American Religious History

Edward J. Blum
Author

San Diego State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2009
Date Published

Description:

This course begins with New World encounters as North and South Americans, Europeans, and Africans made religious sense of their experiences. It proceeds through the formation of the United States, the role of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the major shifts in America’s religious cultures, the coming, fighting, resolving of the Civil War, the rise of an industrial nation, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, the rise of the new conservatism and beyond. We will pay particular attention to the role of religion in animating American politics, society, economics, and systems of oppression and resistance. We will focus on a variety of religious traditions, including Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, indigenous faiths, spiritualism, and Judaism.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Protestant

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Art, Religion, and Material Culture in America

Douglas L. Winiarski
Author

University of Richmond
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2004
Date Published

Description:

“Art, Religion & Material Culture” introduces students to the diverse array of religious traditions that have flourished in America over the past four centuries through a focused examination of things: the “stuff” of religious life embodied in art, commercial and “folk” objects, buildings,and landscapes. We will learn to read the “visual culture” of American religion like a text,discovering along the way that a collection of neopagan ritual objects arranged carefully on a bedroom dresser can communicate as much information about the beliefs and practices of its owner as an introspective diary or letter.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, New Religious Movements, Other Traditions, Protestant

Topics: He​alth/Death, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords: altars, sacred space

Atheism

Joseph Blankholm
Author

University of California, Santa Barbara
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2019
Date Published

Description:

What is atheism? Is it the absence of belief in God? Is it the absence of belief in the supernatural? Or is it a worldview and a way of life? Does atheism always oppose religion, or can the two co-exist or even embrace one another? This course traces the historical development of the set of ideas we now call atheism and takes account of its varieties in the world today. In addition to the history of atheism, we will look at related contemporary topics, such as religion-like secular communities, Islamophobia, and the possibility of an atheist spirituality. This course emphasizes reading and discussion, and students are strongly encouraged to complete the readings and to read with care.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History, Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Atheism/Agnosticism/Skepticism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist American History and Culture (Anthropology)

Jonathan Arbuckle
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist American History and Culture (Art History)

Courtland Blade
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist American History and Culture (Art History)

Amy Guess
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist American History and Culture (Art History)

Joshua Phillippe
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist American History and Culture (Composition)

Rachel Barrett-Knight
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: English

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist American History and Culture (History)

Audrey Jefferson
Author


Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist American History and Culture (History)

Joe: Skvarenina
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist American History and Culture (Introduction to Ethics)

Barry LeBlanc
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist American History and Culture (Philosophy)

Jeffrey Dodge
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist American History and Culture (US History)

Douglas Hammerling
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist American History and Culture (US History)

Allen Smith
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (American History)

Audrey Jefferson
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (American History)

Douglas Hammerling
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (Anthropology)

Jonathan Arbuckle
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (Art Appreciation)

Joanna Wos
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (Art History)

Joshua Phillippe
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (Art History)

Amy Guess
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (Art History)

Courtland Blade
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (Composition)

Rachel Barrett-Knight
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: English

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (Music Appreciation)

Barry LeBlanc
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (Philosophy of Religion)

Tanya Martin
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (Philosophy)

Jeffrey Dodge
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Buddhist Traditions (World History)

Patrick Meegan
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism

Topics:

Keywords:

Chosen Peoples, Chosen Nation

Henry Goldschmidt
Author

Wesleyan University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2006
Date Published

Description:

This course will examine a range of social, political and philosophical issues surrounding the concept of “chosenness”—the belief that a particular community (usually one’s own) has been singled out by God for some special favor or purpose. We will trace the roots of this concept in the Hebrew Bible, and examine a number of religious communities (including orthodox Jews, Puritan settlers, Black Hebrew Israelites, and the Christian Identity movement) who have claim-ed divine chosenness through narratives of Israelite descent. Above all, however, we will examine the role of chosenness in popular understandings of American national identity—tracing the history of United States claims to be a “chosen nation,” and exploring the way these claims may shape contemporary American foreign policy.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Politics/Law/Government, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (Anthropology)

Jonathan Arbuckle
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (Art Appreciation)

Joanna Wos
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (Art History)

Joshua Phillippe
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (Art History)

Amy Guess
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (Art History)

Courtland Blade
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (English Composition)

Rachel Barrett-Knight
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: English

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (History)

Joe Skvarenina
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (Music Appreciation)

Barry LeBlanc
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (Philosophy)

Tanya Martin
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy, Other

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (Philosophy)

Jeffrey Dodge
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy, Other

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (Theatre Appreciation)

Alphonzo Atkins
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (US History)

Douglas Hammerling
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian American History and Culture (World History)

Patrick Meegan
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (American History)

Audrey Jefferson
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (Anthropology)

Jonathan Arbuckle
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (Art Appreciation)

Joanna Wos
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (Art History)

Joshua Phillippe
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (Art History)

Amy Guess
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (Art History)

Courtland Blade
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (History)

Joe Skvarenina
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (Intro to Ethics)

Barry LeBlanc
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (Literature)

Rachel Barrett-Knight
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: English

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (Philosophy and Ethics)

Tanya Martin
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (Philosophy)

Jeffrey Dodge
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (Theatre Appreciation)

Alphonzo Atkins
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (US History)

Allen Smith
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (US History)

Douglas Hammerling
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Christian Traditions (World History)

Patrick Meegan
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords:

Church and State in American History

Kathleen Flake
Author

Vanderbilt University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2004
Date Published

Description:

The objectives of this course are: to study the historical context of America’s contemporary debate over the proper relation of church and state; to analyze the seminal theories that have characterized historically the interpretation of the religion clauses of the constitution; and to become familiar with the uses of legal documents for historical research and theological reflection.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Graduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Protestant

Topics: Family/Children/Reproduction, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

Keywords: religious freedom, case law

Church and State in American History

Shelby M. Balik
Author

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

Somewhere, in the overlapping space between religion and the state, Americans have sought to define their nation. But in that seemingly narrow overlap, they have imagined nearly infinite national identities and visions. How have Americans used religion to define national belonging, nation to define religious membership, and how have churchly and national polities given shape to each other? As we explore these questions, we’ll consider several key moments in American history that can shed light on the relationship between religion and the state. In particular, we’ll consider several questions. First, how have Americans understood religious liberty (or lack thereof) to serve the purposes of their society and nation? Second, how has religion intersected with politics during some of the fiercest debates of American history? Third, how has religious belief given rise to various political coalitions? And finally, how have Americans linked spiritual and national identity in different ways? By investigating these questions, perhaps we will come to a better understanding of what it has meant to be religious (or not) and American.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

Keywords: religious freedom

Communal Utopias in America

Matthew J. Grow
Author

University of Southern Indiana
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2011
Date Published

Description:

From one perspective, these communal religions seem marginal to the American story. They have typically existed at the fringe of society, attracted only a tiny minority of America’s population, and formed countercultures to the American mainstream. For most contemporary Americans, communalism conjures up images of Shaker historic communities, hippie communes, or the traces of communalism that remain in modern American material culture—Oneida silverware, Shaker furniture, and Amana appliances. Nevertheless, throughout American history, these groups have captivated, bemused, and infuriated the broader public. Their efforts have provoked deep controversy as they questioned some of the most fundamental ideals of society—private property, capitalism, republican government, traditional gender roles, mainstream clothing and diet mores, and monogamous marriages. This course will examine attempts to implement utopias and communal societies in the American past and present. We will pay particular attention to nearby New Harmony, the site of two utopian experiments in the early 1800s

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Defining Religion in America

Tisa Wenger
Author

Yale Divinity School
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2009
Date Published

Description:

This course examines how and in whose interests American concepts of and about “religion” have been produced. What cultural sites (the courts, the media, schools, the academy) are most influential in producing ideas about religion-in-general, or about particular kinds of religion? Who has the power to determine what groups are recognized as legitimate and therefore constitutionally protected religions? What is imagined to be the appropriate scope of religion’s impact in public life—is it primarily a private concern, or is it relevant to public interests? What relationship do such concepts of religion have with the politics of race, class, gender, and colonialism?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Other Christianities, Other Traditions

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Denominationalism in America

Lydia Huffman Hoyle
Author

Georgetown College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

This course will explore: 1.) the nature and sources of denominationalism in America; 2.) the genesis, development, theology, and practice of nine denominational families in America; 3.) the changing face of denominationalism in America today; and 4.) issues in denominationalism. Upon completion of this course, the responsible student will be able to discuss possible reasons why America was particularly well-suited for the development of multiple sects and denominations and discuss the importance of the Reformation in setting the stage for the development of denominations.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Theology/Liturgy

Keywords: field work, hostility

Disaster in American Religion & Culture Syllabus

Cooper Harriss
Author

Indiana University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2020
Date Published

Description:

This is an upper-level course listed in the Religion in the Americas section of IU’s religious studies curriculum. Capped at 25-30 students, it usually fills with a waiting list–in no small part because it satisfies multiple general education requirements. Students who subscribe to the class range from reigious studies majors to students taking what will be their only religious studies course. This syllabus represents my first attempt at teaching the course online, though the readings and topics have not changed radically in the transition from face-to-face learning.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Online

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords: Disaster, Culture, Film, Dance, Graphic Novels, Music, Blues, Theodicy,

Ecstasy, Utopia, and Healing: Religious Experiments and American Moral Worlds

John C. Seitz
Author

Fordham University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2014
Date Published

Description:

This course approaches American religions through historical study of the pursuit of ecstatic, utopian, and healing experiences. We will seek to understand America’s religious past by investigating specific contexts in which Americans have sought radical release from everyday consciousness, social disorder, and pain. These pursuits, while distinct from one another in crucial ways, share an intense uneasiness with life as it is and an equally intense hopefulness in a particular solution. Sometimes people explicitly theorized these pursuits, but often they simply lived them as extensions of practical knowledge. In all cases we will explore the reasons for their hope as well as their responses to its triumph and its all-too-frequent failure. Whether successful or not, those driving these endeavors remained (sometimes despite their desires) permeated by and influential upon the worlds around them. Accordingly, we will explore the ways their hopes and desires—while often expressed with unique assertiveness and addressed with solutions considered radical—linked them with the wider communities from which they emerged.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, New Religious Movements, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, He​alth/Death, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Exploring American Religious History

Kathryn Gin Lum
Author

Stanford University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

This class sheds light on religion’s deep roots in American history in order to help students understand its continued significance today. The course is divided into five thematic units, each offering a different  way of understanding religion in America: 1) through the lens of the supernatural, 2) in its  entanglements with race, 3) as women’s history, 4) as entwined with American politics, and 5) in contemporary culture. Each unit begins with a session titled “What’s at stake?”, which focuses on secondary source debates over the topic more broadly. Other sessions in the unit typically pair a brief secondary source reading on the day’s specific topic with primary sources.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: thematic, religious freedom

Geography of American Religion

Elaine Peña
Author

George Washington University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2012
Date Published

Description:

This course combines perspectives from the fields of geography, anthropology, performance studies, and religious studies to cultivate a deeper understanding of how communities produce, maintain, and legitimize sanctified spaces. Although course readings direct our attention toward U.S.-based case studies, we will also consider their transnational dimensions—how religious groups build belief across national boundaries. We will pay particular attention to the political and economic factors that facilitate the development of transnational sacred spaces. In some cases, our starting points are actually located outside of the United States. By expanding our horizons, we will be able to critically engage the idea that American religious spaces, and notions of American religion more generally, are produced primarily within the boundaries of the U.S. nation-state.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Other

Geography

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Islam, New Religious Movements, Other Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Region/Urban/Rural, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords: Sacred space

Global Christianities

Angela Tarángo
Author

Trinity University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

What exactly is the Christian tradition? Can we even say that one exists? This class aims to challenge how students view Christianity by taking a tour of the varieties of world Christianity
that exist in the twentieth and twenty-first century, and by sampling a wide variety of methods in how one studies the field of Christianity. These will include historical, sociographical,
ethnohistorical, anthropological, theoretical, and gender studies methods, all of which challenge traditional (meaning mainly those steeped in the field of church history) scholars of religion to expand their understandings of Christianity in the modern period. This class is not a historical overview of Christianity and its variety of theologies, but rather it focuses on how Christianity in the modern period has become entangled with politics, race, sexuality, healing, issues of gender, revolution and religious strife (among other things.) This course focuses on content, methodology, and also seeks to situate each case study within current world events. In each section of this class we will consider case studies from all over the world including the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East in order to both understand some of the main themes that trouble the study of modern Christianity along with the methods by which it is understood and studied.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Other

International Studies

Religious Traditions: Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, He​alth/Death, Politics/Law/Government, Region/Urban/Rural

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (Anthropology)

Jonathan Arbuckle
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (Art Appreciation)

Joanna Wos
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (Art History)

Joshua Phillippe
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (Art History)

Amy Guess
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (Art History)

Courtland Blade
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (Composition)

Rachel Barrett-Knight
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: English

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (History)

Joe Skvarenina
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (Human Services)

Janet Rhodes-Carlson
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Other

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (Music Appreciation)

Barry LeBlanc
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics)

Tanya Martin
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (Philosophy)

Jeffrey Dodge
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (US History)

Allen Smith
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (US History)

Douglas Hammerling
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu American History and Culture (World History)

Patrick Meegan
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (Anthropology)

Jonathan Arbuckle
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (Art Appreciation)

Joanna Wos
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (Art History)

Joshua Phillippe
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (Art History)

Amy Guess
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (Art History)

Courtland Blade
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (History)

Joe Skvarenina
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (Human Services)

Janet Rhodes-Carlson
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Other

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (Intro to Ethics)

Barry LeBlanc
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (Literature)

Rachel Barrett-Knight
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: English

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics)

Tanya Martin
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (Philosophy)

Jeffrey Dodge
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (US History)

Allen Smith
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (US History)

Douglas Hammerling
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

Hindu Traditions (World History)

Patrick Meegan
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Hinduism

Topics:

Keywords:

History of Christianity in North America

Kathryn Long
Author

Wheaton College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1996
Date Published

Description:

Purposes: To gain an overview of events, ideas, people and groups that have helped to shape Christianity in the United States and Canada from the colonial era to the present (with primary emphasis on Christianity in the U. S.). To become aware of the tensions, challenges and opportunities facing various expressions of the Christian church in North America and to examine “how the Christian religion has fared in America” (Noll, 3). In the context of that examination, we will ask, among others, the following questions: What has it meant to be a Christian in America, in relation to the church and to the culture? How has the Christian faith affected the public and private lives of people in North America? Who has shaped the story of Christianity on this continent and why? To locate ourselves as representatives of various denominations and religious traditions within the “community of memory” we belong to as professed Christians. To cultivate an enjoyment and appreciation of the complexity and rich heritage of Christianity in North America.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Family/Children/Reproduction, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

History of Christianity in the U.S.

Kathleen Riley
Author

Ohio Dominican College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

This course is a survey of the major thoughts, movements and personalities of American Religious History, from the colonial era to the present day. A special emphasis will be placed on Catholicism, and its place in the religious landscape of the United States. Among the topics to be explored during the course of the semester will be: the religious motives for settling the New World; Awakenings, Revivals and Reform; Immigration and Nativism (Protestant-Catholic tensions); twentieth century “Isms” (Fundamentalism, Liberalism, Modernism and the “heresy” of Americanism); the Post Work War II Religious Revival; the crisis of the Sixties and the Second Vatican Council; and “Civil Religion” (the Religion of the American Republic) as a persistent force in American life and politics.

From the particular perspective of Catholicism, two persistent and pervasive themes will predominate: Immigration and Americanization. Our focus will be on the internal evolution of American Catholicism as it met and absorbed divergent social and ethnic groups, and that of the external relations between the Catholic community and the greater Protestant national community. This focus will allow us to explore, with historical evidence, the more theoretical issues of diversity/pluralism/multiculturalism in American history, and the relations between elites and subordinates – Insiders and Outsiders. Few communities in American History have sustained in such large numbers and over such a long period of time the varieties of peoples as American Catholicism.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: American Studies, History, Theology

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion, Theology/Liturgy

Keywords:

History of Religion in America

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp
Author

University of North Carolina
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

This course is a survey of religion in America from the pre-colonial era to the present. Although this is a large class, our goal will be to explore together certain moments and themes in American religious history that have significantly shaped the development of the nation as a whole. The approach will be chronological, that is, we will move through time from the pre-colonial context to the late twentieth century; but our aim will be to connect past events to issues and problems that continue to affect the expression of religious beliefs and practices in our own culture. At times, we will employ a “case study” approach: rather than trying to cover every significant religious development and each religious group, we will analyze specific events and ideas that have a wider applicability.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

History of Religion in America

Charles Israel
Author

Auburn University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2006
Date Published

Description:

In this course we will explore in both broad scope and some more focused case-studies the role religion has played in North American social, cultural, and even political history. The object is to explore religion both as an extraordinary experience or abstract idea and as an important component of individual and group social identity in the American past. We can all agree that there were churches, congregations, and denominations in the American past; but how did religion operate in American history? What was the interaction between otherworldly faiths and present, worldly, and temporal interests of humans?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Islam, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural

Keywords:

History of Religion in America

Paul Harvey
Author

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1996
Date Published

Description:

In this block we will probe, discuss, and analyze the multiple religious traditions in America. Each student will prepare and present a research project, which may be historical or contemporary, that will focus on a particular religious tradition. Additionally, “fieldwork” will be done in which each student will be asked to participate in a religious event of some sort which will be foreign to your experience, whether that be in a fundamentalist mega-church, a Jewish synagogue, or a New Age temple. We will make a trip to the Baca campus and visit the Carmelite monastery there, and observe their ritual day. Class time will be oriented around discussion of specific texts, with period short lectures to fill in necessary factual material. To encourage discussion of the material, students will also be asked to prepare one or two email responses a week in reaction to questions set by the moderator of our email discussion group (I will serve as the moderator).

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Anthropology, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

Keywords: block plan, class intensive, big picture, consumerism

History of Religion in America

Steven Epperson
Author

Brigham Young University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1996
Date Published

Description:

We intend to examine the story of the religious “experience” of the American people from the 16th century to the present. Our principal concerns are to gain a better understanding of a) the essential beliefs and practices of America’s religious communities, b) the major interpretive themes employed to make sense of the American religious story, c) aspects of the interaction between religion and American culture, and d) the role individuals play in the formation and sustenance of religious movements and institutions.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

Keywords:

History of Religion in the U.S.

Charles F. Irons
Author

Elon University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2009
Date Published

Description:

This course offers a selective survey of American Religious History from pre-Columbian times to the present. It emphasizes the remarkable diversity of religious belief and practice in the area that became the United States. Challenging theoretical questions about the essence of religion and the scholarly study of it are an essential part of the course.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, General Comparative Traditions, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities, Other Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

History of Religion in the United States

Elizabeth L. Jemison
Author

Clemson University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

This course offers a broad introduction to American religious history from the 1600s to today. As we travel together from the early colonial period to the present, our course will consider four
important themes in the history of religion in the United States. By the semester’s end, students will be able to describe and analyze important aspects such as church and state, race and religion, and the challenges of pluralism, as well as have a solid understanding of the historical development of American religious cultures.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: religious freedom

History of Religion in the United States

Evelyn Sterne
Author

University of Rhode Island
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2006
Date Published

Description:

This course will explore the history of religion in the United States from the colonial period to the present, with emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Our focus will be less on theological issues than on the political, cultural, ethnic, racial and gender dimensions of religion. Major themes will include: the diversity of religious traditions in this nation; the intersections between religion and politics; and the ways in which religion has shaped and been shaped by national, ethnic and racial identities. Throughout the course, we will bring together past and present by discussing how the study of religious history informs our understanding of current issues and debates.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, He​alth/Death, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

History of Religion Post-Civil War America

Richard J. Callahan
Author

University of Missouri-Columbia
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

The course attempts to illustrate the dynamic and powerful role that religion has played, and continues to play, in the social, cultural, political, economic, and creative aspects of realms of American life. Because of the broad scope of the subject, a course such as this one can only survey the landscape rather than being a comprehensive account. We will pay special attention to the diversity of American traditions and cultures while we also look for patterns that emerge from their shared history as Americans. We will also explore the history of a few selected religious
issues more thoroughly. We will be attentive to issues of power that have shaped American religious history, the ways we interpret that history, and the ways we think about religion. By the end of the course, you should be familiar with a general chronological overview of historical developments and issues in American religion.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Protestant

Topics: Class/Power, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Region/Urban/Rural, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords:

History of Religious Life and Practice in Canada and the U.S.

Eleanor J. Stebner
Author

The University of Winnipeg
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

This course provides a study of the history of religious life and practice in Canada and the United States from the time of European colonization to the present. It includes the study of select individuals, church and state relations, and comparisons between the Canadian and U.S. nation-states. Various denominations and sects that comprise the North American religious milieu are highlighted, as are significant movements such as evangelicalism, fundamentalism, feminism, and ecumenism. Historical analysis will inevitably lead to discussions regarding Christianity within our current time and contexts. A combination of lecture and seminar format is utilized.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University, Seminary

Class Type: Graduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Area Studies, History, Theology

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural, Theology/Liturgy

Keywords:

Indigenous Christianities

Brandon Bayne
Author

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

This course examines diverse indigenous engagements with Christianity in the Americas from earliest contacts to the present. Topics will range from missionary contestations in colonial Mexico to the Native American Church’s fight for religious freedom in 20th Century United States, from historical  revitalization movements like the Ghost Dance to postcolonial indigenous theologies in North and  South America. Along the way, we will consider a variety of responses to Christian evangelism; including rejection, revitalization, revolt, and renewal. The title of the course implies multiplicity;  “native and Christian” can be an opposition, tension, identification, combination, or all of the above. We will wrestle with how to appreciate cultural continuities, account for historical changes and  articulate new religious combinations. At the same time, we will tackle questions of violence, asymmetrical power, colonization, and the need for decolonized methodologies. Students should come prepared for an active, lively discussion, and ready to critically investigate the readings, while I will provide short lectures on historical background. Our work together will culminate with research projects on contemporary expressions of indigenous Christianity that will apply the theoretical, historical, and methodological tools acquired in the course.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Other

American Indian Studies, Indigenous Studies

Religious Traditions: Indigenous, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: Syncretism, religious freedom

Intro to the Visual Culture of American Religions

Kristin Schwain
Author

University of Missouri-Columbia
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2004
Date Published

Description:

Due to the introductory nature of the course, we will survey a variety of objects from a number of American religious traditions. Each week we will center our attention on a different type of object and a different model of intellectual inquiry. In the first section of the course, “Tools of Art Historical Interpretation,” we will learn basic skills of visual analysis through our examination of Northwest Coast aesthetics, African-American Bible quilts, New England gravestones, and Warner Sallman’s Head of Christ. Then, we will use these interpretive tools to examine religious “ways of seeing” that characterize particular traditions and at certain historical moments. In Part III, we will analyze how objects are used by a variety of traditions to mediate different temporal moments, geographic locations, and cultural contexts. In the end, we will recognize the manifold ways objects shape religious beliefs and practices and inflect ways of seeing and knowing,

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Intro, Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: He​alth/Death, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: sacred space, altars

Introduction to American Religion

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
Author

Washington and Lee University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1996
Date Published

Description:

What is American Religion? Does it make any sense to talk about American religion? What is American about American religion and what is religious about American religion? Religion in the United States is extremely vital and diverse. It has been throughout American history. It is also a very important part of contemporary American culture and politics. It is impossible in one term to hope to canvass the depth and variety of five centuries of American religion in a complete way. This course will instead introduce the student to religion in America through the consideration of three thematic approaches to a description of American religion as a whole. These thematic approaches cut across religious traditions and attempt to characterize some of the ways in which the extraordinary variety in the American religious imagination shares characteristics by virtue of its common environment and its common history. The three thematic descriptions of American religion that we will examine are Natural Religion, Denominational Religion, and Constitutional Religion. There are of course other themes that could be chosen and we will from time to time note those other themes as they touch on our work. The object of the course is to develop in the student a beginning competence in thinking, talking and writing about American religion.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Intro, Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous

Topics: Family/Children/Reproduction, Politics/Law/Government, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Introduction to Religion in America

D. Keith Naylor
Author

Occidental College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

Participants in this survey course will examine religion in the USA from historical and socio-cultural perspectives. Our most persistent questions will be, “What is religion?” and “What is America?” We shall explore the contours of American culture and society as a setting in which various religions are imagined, established, nurtured, hindered, altered, valued, ignored, and/or abandoned. This course will include lectures, assigned readings, class discussions, student panels, and films/videos.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Intro, Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Is America a Christian Nation? Ask an Expert video

R&AC
Author

IUPUI
Institution

Video
Resource Type

2003
Date Published

Description:

Video from the “Ask an Expert” series responding to the question “Is America a Christian Nation?”Produced by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Intro, Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Protestant

Topics:

Keywords: America, Christian, Nation

Is there a difference between “spiritual” and “religious”? Ask an Expert video

R&AC
Author

IUPUI
Institution

Video
Resource Type

2003
Date Published

Description:

Video from the “Ask an Expert” series responding to the question “Is there a difference between “spiritual” and “religious”?” Produced by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Intro, Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions:

Topics:

Keywords: Spiritual, Religious

Islamic Traditions (American History)

Audrey Jefferson
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (Anthropology)

Jonathan Arbuckle
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (Art Appreciation)

Joanna Wos
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (Art History)

Joshua Phillippe
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (Art History)

Amy Guess
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (Art History)

Courtland Blade
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (Composition and Literature)

Rachel Barrett-Knight
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: English

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (Creative Writing)

Rachel Barrett-Knight
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: English

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (History and Geography)

Joe Skvarenina
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (Intro to Ethics)

Barry LeBlanc
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (Philosophy)

Tanya Martin
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy, Other

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (Philosophy)

Jeffrey Dodge
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (US History)

Allen Smith
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (US History)

Douglas Hammerling
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Islamic Traditions (World History)

Patrick Meegan
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (American History)

Audrey Jefferson
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (Anthropology)

Alphonzo Atkins
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (Anthropology)

Jonathan Arbuckle
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (Art Appreciation)

Joanna Wos
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (Art History)

Amy Guess
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (Art History)

Joshua Phillippe
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (History)

Joe Skvarenina
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (Literature and Composition)

Rachel Barrett-Knight
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: English

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (Music Appreciation)

Barry LeBlanc
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (Philosophy and Ethics)

Tanya Martin
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (Philosophy)

Jeffrey Dodge
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (US History)

Douglas Hammerling
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (US History)

Allen Smith
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History and Culture (World History)

Patrick Meegan
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish American History Culture (Art History)

Courtland Blade
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish History in the United States

Rachel B. Gross
Author

San Francisco State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

This course uses questions about communities as the basis for a survey of U.S. Jewish history from the colonial period through the present. We
will move between studies of specific Jewish communities and conceptions of national U.S. Jewish communities, asking questions about communities that be applied to other groups in and beyond the U.S., including those in which class members participate. How should we define community? How do communities function and how are they maintained? How have gender norms and expectations shaped communities? Who and what has held power in U.S. Jewish communities? Are U.S. Jews one community or many communities?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Jewish Studies

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (American History)

Audrey Jefferson
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (Anthropology)

Jonathan Arbuckle
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (Art Appreciation)

Joanna Wos
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (Art History)

Joshua Phillippe
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (Art History)

Amy Guess
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (Art History)

Courtland Blade
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (Composition and Literature)

Rachel Barrett-Knight
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: English

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (Humanities)

Joe Skvarenina
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History, Other

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (Intro to Ethics)

Barry LeBlanc
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (Philosophy)

Tanya Martin
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (Philosophy)

Jeffrey Dodge
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (Theatre Appreciation)

Alphonzo Atkins
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (US History)

Allen Smith
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (US History)

Douglas Hammerling
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Jewish Traditions (World History)

Patrick Meegan
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Judaism

Topics:

Keywords:

Latina/o Religions

Brett Hendrickson
Author

Lafayette College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

Latinas/os, or people who trace their ancestry to the countries of Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, are the largest minority group in the United States. Religion forms
an important part of the lives of many Latinas/os. From various expressions of Catholicism, to Protestant and Pentecostal movements, to religions that draw on African heritage and folk
devotions, many Hispanics have a rich religious life. Adding to this richness, Latinas/os are a diverse group made up of communities that claim distinct countries of national origin, including
Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and people from Central and South America. This course explores the history and practice of several major Latina/o religions, the role religion plays in ethnic identity formation and maintenance, the ways in which religion aids Latinas/os in a context often touched by racism and prejudice, and the cultural products associated with Hispanic religions.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, New Religious Movements

Topics: Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Law and Religion in U.S. History

Linda Przybyszewski
Author

University of Cincinnati
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

This course focuses on the relationship between religion and law in a country without an established church. Despite this constitutional separation between church and state, many American believed that faith in God in some form was necessary to the success of the Republic. Historians of religion write that the United States had established Protestantism, in effect, voluntarily and informally during the 19th century. We will be looking at the attempts of various Americans to determine what the proper relationship between religion and law should be.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Protestant

Topics: Politics/Law/Government, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Lived Religion in America: Institutions, Innovations, and Individuals

Julie Byrne
Author

Duke University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2004
Date Published

Description:

When most people in the United States think of religion, they think of beliefs. But beliefs are only a small part of religion in a country full of people of faith who also practice, mix, play, dispute, reform, consume, market, support, change,and leave their religions. In short, people don’t just believe religion; they live it. In this class, we will explore “lived religion” in America. Along the way, we will continuously raise a few key questions: Who lives lived religion? What are the advantages and disadvantages to thinking of religion this way? What are particularly American features of lived religion? What do we see about particular traditions through the lens of lived religion?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Islam, Other Christianities

Mormonism

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords: Field work

Malcom, Martin, and Masculinity

Jonathan L. Walton
Author

Harvard Divinity School
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2011
Date Published

Description:

The Civil Rights and Black Power movements (narrowly defined) were principally struggles for racial equality and economic justice. The public ministries of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X have come to signify these movements respectively and have remained at the center of debates concerning competing trajectories of response. But though the philosophies of Malcolm and Martin are often portrayed as incommensurate, their philosophical and theological commitments led them to a similar place of aligning with the poor and oppressed on a global scale. This is not their only similarity. Both Martin and Malcolm extend from religious traditions where notions of social respectability and hyper-masculinity are inextricably linked to gendered conceptions of racial progress. The aim of this course, then, is to engage the theological, philosophical and social thought of these men while unmasking normative assumptions about race, domesticity and sexuality that informed their outlooks and animated their gendered moral frameworks and masculinist organizing strategies.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University, Seminary

Class Type: Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Theology

Religious Traditions: Islam, Protestant

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity, Theology/Liturgy

Keywords:

Media, Religion, and Culture

Eric K. Gormly
Author

Arizona State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

Among academics, there is a growing awareness of the need to examine media, religion and culture from perspectives simultaneously informed by religious studies, sociology, cultural studies, journalism, and studies in communication and mass communication. It is a nascent, cross-disciplinary field that relies on the full range of methodological approaches available to the contemporary scholar. Because the field has developed so recently, little has been done to synthesize these areas and advance the field. This course represents an early attempt at fusing these elements into one comprehensive framework.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Other

Interdisciplinary, Media Studies, Communication Studies, Journalism

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords: televangelism

Method and Theory in the Study of Religion: An Anthropological Approach

Kevin Lewis O'Neill
Author

University of Toronto
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2012
Date Published

Description:

The anthropology of religion is a discipline-specific endeavor. British Functionalism, French Structuralism, American cultural anthropology—the history of anthropological thought can be taught through the very category of religion. But what of the study of religion’s continued rapprochement with the anthropology of religion? How might the study of religion, a discipline in its own right, draw upon anthropological approaches to religion without succumbing to discipline-specific debates? This graduate course addresses this methodological question through a reading intensive course. While its success will turn on the entire class keeping up with the readings for each week, its lasting effect will depend on the student’s ability to appreciate not so much the history of anthropological thought or the anthropology of religion but rather what this course ultimately calls “anthropological approaches to the study of religion.”

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Anthropology

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics:

Methodology

Keywords: theory of religion

Muslim American History and Culture (Anthropology)

Jonathan Arbuckle
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History and Culture (Art Appreciation)

Joanna Wos
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History and Culture (Art History)

Amy Guess
Author


Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type:

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History and Culture (Art History)

Courtland Blade
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History and Culture (History)

Joe Skvarenina
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History and Culture (Literature and Composition)

Rachel Barrett-Knight
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: English

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History and Culture (Music Appreciation)

Barry LeBlanc
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History and Culture (Philosophy and Ethics)

Tanya Martin
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History and Culture (Philosophy)

Jeffrey Dodge
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: Philosophy

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History and Culture (US History)

Allen Smith
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History and Culture (US History)

Douglas Hammerling
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History and Culture (World History)

Patrick Meegan
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History Culture (American History)

Audrey Jefferson
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

Muslim American History Culture (Art History)

Joshua Phillippe
Author

Ivy Tech
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

IUPUI partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. With support from NEH, “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis” utilized primary and secondary humanities texts and humanities experts at several local universities, supplemented by field trips and discussions with local practitioners, to explore these five world religions, their history and life in the United States, and their presence in and contributions to cultural life in the metropolitan area. The program resulted in the production of 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into Ivy Tech’s core humanities curriculum.

Institution Type: Community College

Class Type:

Discipline: The Arts

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics:

Keywords:

New Religious Movements, Popular Media, and Violence in American History

Stephen Taysom
Author

Cleveland State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

This course explores the phenomenon of “New Religious Movements,” sometimes called “cults.” We look at how NRM is actually a category group’s move into and out of, rather than a
fixed list of religious traditions; it is a label that almost no group embraces. In the American context, nearly every religious group that has come to enjoy social approval and a “mainstream” label spent some time in the NRM category. The popular media is one of the key tools that facilitate the creation and maintenance of the NRM category. We will look at how various media outlets (pamphlets, newspapers, radio, television, and the Internet) use the NRM category, why they do so, and explore the impact this has on the broader society. Finally, this course looks at how violence, both physical and rhetorical, is an integral part of the way that the NRM category has functioned in the American context since the 17th century.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: New Religious Movements

Topics: Class/Power, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

Keywords:

Politics of African American Religion in Historical Perspective

Nicole Myers Turner
Author

Virginia Commonwealth University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

This course explores the history of African American religious communities from the colonial times to the present. It explores the organization and politics of these institutions and how the
various historical forces and major events of slavery, emancipation, migration, urbanization, racism, race consciousness, gender and class have shaped black religious communities across the centuries. It uses a diverse grouping of primary and secondary sources and experiential learning activities to further these aims. Course materials include scholarly monographs, chapters and articles, primary accounts of religious life and records of religious organizations. Students will come away from the course with an enhanced sense of the complexities of black religious life and the evolution of black religions as central social and political agents in black life and the black freedom struggle.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Africana Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Progressive Religion in America

Grace Yukich
Author

Quinnipiac University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

Many of the most important movements for social change in American history—from the abolition of slavery to civil rights to women’s rights—have been fueled in part by progressive religion. In this course, we will examine religion from a social scientific perspective. Using sociological research, we will address questions like: What do we mean we talk about “religion”? What counts as “progressive religion” and who decides? How does “progressive religion” differ from “conservative religion”? Does being part of a marginalized religious tradition make it more likely that you will fight for progressive causes? How do race, class, and gender shape people’s approaches to progressive religion? How does progressive religion shape politics, gender & sexuality, and other parts of society? We will explore these questions by focusing on a wide array of religious traditions and contemporary topics.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Sociology

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Race and Religion in America

Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh
Author

Vanderbilt University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2019
Date Published

Description:

What does it mean to be “American?” Since their inception, America and American identities have been constituted through ever-evolving religious and racial imaginaries, conflicts, and lineages—forging ideological stances, symbols, and myths that rival traditional “religions.” Using a historical approach, this course explores the racial and religious imperatives encapsulated within concepts of “Americanness” and the racial and religious ideas that define the discursive, historical, and sociopolitical boundaries of American identities. In addition to examining how claims to American identities have altered the religiosity of historically marginalized racial “Others,” we will also consider the ways racial concepts have resembled and drawn upon religious forms in their operations in America. Finally, we will discuss how peoples’ responses to racial and religious imperatives challenge, nuance, and expand concepts of America and the American.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Interdisciplinary

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: thematic

Race, Ethnicity, and Religion

Kristy Nabhan-Warren
Author

Augustana College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2006
Date Published

Description:

We will spend the next ten weeks together examining some the ways in which race, ethnicity, and religion overlap and inform one another within African American communities. But before we begin our journey of exploration, we need to ask ourselves, what do these terms and concepts mean (both to African Americans as well as others) and how have they been used in the United States? According to social theorists Michael Omi and Howard Winant, “Racial categories and the meanings of race are given concrete expression by the specific social relations and historical context in which they are embedded.” In this course, we will explore how “racial categories” and the “meanings of race” have been used to define African Americans and also how African Americans determine racial categories for themselves and others. In this course we will be looking at the multiple ways in which race, ethnicity, and religious identities overlap for African Americans, and how African American men, women, and children negotiate their way through the complex meanings that are inscribed on them and to those that they ascribe to themselves.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Islam, Protestant

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion & Colonialism

Justine Howe
Author

Case Western Reserve University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

What happens to religious beliefs and practices in sites of colonial contact? How have colonial encounters shaped our knowledge of religion? These two questions will frame our semester-long inquiry into colonial religious practices and the production of knowledge about religion in colonial settings. Along the way, we will pay close attention to how religion relates to other sites of social power and organization, namely race, gender, and nation. This course focuses on various empires as they were/are constituted in Asia, Africa, and North America. Through these case studies, we will explore the institutions, texts, practices, and material cultures through which varying historical actors created and negotiated the religious in the context of modern empires. To do so, we will focus our attention on primary sources alongside secondary analysis by modern scholars.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Class/Power, Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion and American Culture

Beth S. Wenger
Author

University of Pennsylvania
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

This course examines how and in whose interests American concepts of and about “religion” have been produced. What cultural sites (the courts, the media, schools, the academy) are most influential in producing ideas about religion-in-general, or about particular kinds of religion? Who has the power to determine what groups are recognized as legitimate and therefore constitutionally protected religions? What is imagined to be the appropriate scope of religion’s impact in public life—is it primarily a private concern, or is it relevant to public interests? What relationship do such concepts of religion have with the politics of race, class, gender, and colonialism?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Graduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, English

Religious Traditions: Islam

Topics: Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: religious freedom, theory of religion

Religion and American Culture

James Treat
Author

University of New Mexico
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

This interdisciplinary graduate seminar explores the role of religion in American culture and of religious studies in American culture studies. It is designed for students enrolled in the American Studies graduate program or the Religious Studies concentration of the Philosophy graduate program, and for graduate students affiliated with other departments in the humanities or social sciences who are working on projects involving American and/or religious topics.

The course is organized in two parts, historical and thematic. Part I takes a historical approach to the study of American religion; it provides students with a brief introduction to American religious studies, an essential background in American religious history, and a basic understanding of recent debates over American religious historiography. Part II takes a thematic approach to the study of American religion; students explore the role of religion in American culture, and of religious studies in American culture studies, by reading representative scholarship selected in light of the area rubrics of the American Studies graduate program: Gender Studies; Race, Class and Ethnicity; Southwest Studies; Popular Culture; Environment, Science and Technology. Throughout the semester, we attempt to evaluate the significance of religion as descriptive marker and as analytical category in the scholarship of American culture studies.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, Area Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords: the southwest,

Religion and American Culture

Matthew A. Sutton
Author

Washington State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2009
Date Published

Description:

This course surveys the history of American religions from pre-contact times to the present, focusing on the evolution of religious faiths as varying groups came into contact with one another. In particular, the course will analyze how steady immigration and limited governmental intrusion produced a diverse and pluralistic culture that places tremendous value on religious beliefs. In addition, the course will focus specifically on the ways in which Americans have used religion to shape their communities, their cultures, and their nation. Religion has never been simply about belief; it is always about actions as well. As a result, this course will place heavy emphasis on “lived” religion, or religion “on the ground.”

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Class/Power, Family/Children/Reproduction, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion and American Culture

Randall Stephens
Author

Eastern Nazarene College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2009
Date Published

Description:

This readings seminar offers history majors and non-majors a broad knowledge of religion and American culture from the pre-colonial period to the present. Special attention will be given to the work of historians, filmmakers, religious studies scholars, anthropologists, and sociologists who grapple with the complexities of American religious life. This course will pay close attention to the wide-ranging religious diversity of America—from 19th century Lakota spiritualism to 20th century Catholic devotion; from modern serpent-handling Appalachian pentecostals to covenant-making early American Puritans. Other topics to be covered include: the religious dimensions of gender and sexuality, race and religion, the development of a distinctively American theology, and the recent fusion of religion and politics.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion, Theology/Liturgy

Keywords:

Religion and American Politics: 1600-Present

Heather Curtis
Author

Tufts University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2011
Date Published

Description:

“In God we Trust,” “One Nation Under God,” “God Bless America,”: phrases like these alert us to the on-going influence of religion in American public life. This course explores the role of religion in shaping American civic engagement and political activity from the 17thcentury to the present, aiming to put contemporary events in broader historical context. Key topics and themes include: the relationship between church and state in the colonial period; faith and the founders; religion and social activism in the antebellum era (especially anti-slavery and women’s rights); religion, race and civil rights; religious “outsiders” and American politics (particularly Mormons, Catholics, and Muslims); spirituality and social protest in the 20th century (pacifism; feminism; and economic reform); the rise of the religious right; religion and American politics post-9/11; and the 2008 presidential election.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords: religious freedom

Religion and American Public Schools

Khyati Y. Joshi
Author

Fairleigh-Dickinson University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2004
Date Published

Description:

This course will investigate the relationship between religion and public education in the United States with a focus on issues affecting classroom practice, curriculum, and pedagogy. Based in large part on legal decisions in the area and relying primarily on a discussion format, it will be a blend of three elements: a brief examination of the historic relationship of religion and education in the United States; an analysis of historic and current legal and public policy materials related to that relationship; and an exploration of ways of balancing the relationship in curricula so as to respect the religious rights and responsibilities of teachers, administrators, students, parents, and the educational system in which they encounter each other.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Graduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies, Other

Education

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Islam, Protestant

Topics: Family/Children/Reproduction, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords: religious freedom

Religion and Culture in Early New England

Adrian Chastain Weimer
Author

Providence College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2012
Date Published

Description:

The stories of the native Northeast, Protestant New England, and Catholic immigration are often told as separate or competing narratives. What are the webs of relationships, both real and imagined, that help us to understand the rich history of religion in early New England as an interconnected story? How is “New England” itself an unstable category, and how does the self-understanding of various groups change over time? Examining local developments alongside Atlantic world and imperial contexts, we inquire how everyday life in New England was interconnected with broader cultural, social, intellectual, and religious movements. In addition to native Americans, puritans, Baptists, Quakers, Huguenots, and French and Irish Catholics, we will also look at the significance of New England for early Mormonism, as well as the long history of Jews and Africans in the region. Special attention will be given to issues of migration, varieties of cultural prejudice and tolerance, supernaturalism, Protestant-Catholic relations, social reform, and the political and devotional decisions various groups faced as they negotiated a place on the religious landscape.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Area Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Indigenous, Other Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural

Keywords:

Religion and Culture in Post-Civil Rights Black America

Josef Sorett
Author

Columbia University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

This is an advanced-level seminar on African American religion and culture open to graduate students, and advanced undergraduates with prior background in the subject. More specifically, this course centers its queries around developments during the period commonly referred to as the “post-Civil Rights era,” (but which has also often been framed through the related rhetorics of “postmodern,” “postcolonial” and “post-Soul”). To this end, readings and discussions will explore black culture—both within formal religious traditions, but also more broadly as they are revealed in the arts, politics and popular culture—during the latter half of the twentieth century. Additionally, specific attention will be paid to major themes, challenges, questions and quandaries that have shaped the inter-disciplinary study of African American religion in recent years.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Graduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Africana Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion and Humanitarianism in America

Rosemary R. Corbett
Author

Bard College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

This class will look at the history of modern humanitarianism—an activity that is now a multimillion dollar industry and that the U.S. funds more than any other country in the world—and its origins in charity, philanthropy, and missions. By interspersing case studies of humanitarian endeavors with theoretical investigations into the nature of such work, we will explore the evolving relationships between private religious humanitarian groups and more public actors, forces, and institutions such as nation-states, international law, and the market. Our goals will be to dig past the fiction that humanitarianism is ever impartial (a seemingly necessary fiction that allows many institutions to do their work in conflict areas) to uncover the political dynamics of various humanitarian endeavors. In so doing, we will seek to understand how such work and the narratives we tell about it shapes our notions of the proper roles of religious groups and government, as well as how religious groups represent (and contest) U.S. power in the world.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, Class/Power, Politics/Law/Government

Keywords:

Religion and Nature in America

Brett Grainger
Author

Villanova University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2017
Date Published

Description:

This course offers a survey of American religions from colonial times to the present, using the theme of “nature” and the “natural.” Using methods and theories from the academic study of religion, we will explore how American religions have made meaning out of their encounters with non-human nature, and in turn, how natural environments have shaped religious belief and practice. Rather than cover every religious movement in American history (a fool’s errand), we will look at a series of case studies that open up recurrent themes, issues, and tensions in American religious history.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Interdisciplinary

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, New Religious Movements

Topics: Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords: thematic, cosmology, sacred space

Religion and Philanthropy

David P. King
Author

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

This course explores three relationships between people’s religious traditions and their philanthropic ideas and activities: 1) how diverse religious traditions have shaped distinctive
philanthropic practices, 2) how political, economic and social forces have structured religious philanthropy, and 3) how competing visions of good lives and a good society have played out in
the give and take of religious philanthropy. In examining the normative models of giving and service through a variety of religious traditions, we will analyze how religious narratives,
practices, teachings and authorities have shaped people’s generosity and humanitarianism. In studying religious philanthropy in particular historical contexts, we will explore how religious
philanthropy has been influenced by secular states and market economies, transforming religious traditions and communities along the way. In observing the tensions between the purposes of givers and takers, we will locate religious philanthropy in the world of social action so as to assess claims about the uniquely selfless, altruistic or civic nature of religious philanthropy. The primary focus is cultural and historical, but students will also explore through research and application how the issues discussed in class affect individuals, institutions, and civil society in contemporary contexts.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Graduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies, Other

Philanthropic Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Politics/Law/Government

Keywords: charity

Religion and Reproductive Politics in the United States

Samira Mehta
Author

University of Colorado, Boulder
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2019
Date Published

Description:

Religion and Reproductive Politics in the United States focuses primarily on how Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish conversations about sexuality and reproduction have shaped access to and attitudes towards reproductive health in the US over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Jews and Catholics provide an excellent way to think about how religious law/theology and religious practice/community needs diverge. Attention to Jewish thought on contraception, abortion, and reproduction helps to denaturalize any number of Christian assumptions about reproductive ethics that dominate the discourse in the US. While the course focuses on the three religious groups who were allowed to be policy influencers in the US political debate, the course allows students space to consider how other religious groups (Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Indigenous) have interacted with and been affected by the dominant religious voices. By comparing the role of religion in US debates about reproduction to the Israeli version of those conversations, students will come to understand how these debates play out in another soil where the religious commitments are in some ways more embedded but also much more liberal on issues like abortion.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Women's Studies, Other

Jewish Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Family/Children/Reproduction, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

Keywords:

Religion and Sexuality in America

Kathryn Lofton
Author

Yale University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2009
Date Published

Description:

This course seeks to answer one question: What is the sexuality of American religion? Through a series of case studies and theoretical ruminations, we will explore the relationship between ideas about sex and ideas about religion, as well as sexual practices and religious practices. The purpose of this course is to prepare you not only for upper-level work on the subjects of sexuality, religion, or American culture, but also to encourage a revamping of presumptive norms as well as an abiding suspicion of pat dichotomies.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Intro, Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities

Topics: Family/Children/Reproduction, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, He​alth/Death

Keywords: homosexuality, marriage

Religion and Society

Fay Botham
Author

University of Iowa
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2011
Date Published

Description:

This course examines religion and American society by focusing on marriage law in American history, and the roles that Christianity played therein. American marriage law involves Christian beliefs about sexual morality and gender, as well as about natural and divine law. Some people thus view the right to marry as a religious right, while others perceive it as a secular (non-religious)right. Structuring this course around the topic of marriage allows us to consider specific questions in constitutional law, and how Christian beliefs shape larger societal views on morality, gender and sexuality. We will reflect on whether or not the influence of Christian beliefs on American marriage laws in effect establishes religion-based laws in contravention of the First Amendment promise to make no law establishing a particular religion.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Family/Children/Reproduction, Politics/Law/Government, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: marriage

Religion and Society in America

Clarence Hardy
Author

Dartmouth College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2004
Date Published

Description:

This course focuses on important currents in US religious history and culture. While the approach is very loosely chronological, it is not intended as a comprehensive survey of American religions in the United States. Our goal is to explore the relationship between religion and society by considering the interaction of society’s various participants in the shaping of a shared and often deeply contested “American” culture. Beginning with the encounters between native peoples, enslaved Africans and Europeans in the 1600s, we will look at the ways in which individual believers and various groups in the “New World” have defined their religious identities and attempted to manage their relations with one another and the state during periods of colonialism, slavery, migration, industrialization, immigration, and increasing ethnic and religious pluralism.

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Intro, Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Other Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion and the City

Courtney Bender
Author

Columbia University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2006
Date Published

Description:

This semester we will investigate the ways that practical concerns of daily living in the city as well as fears, desires, and nostalgia shape religion in the city. We begin by addressing how religious groups and institutions shape neighborhoods or districts, and analyze the contributions of religious institutions, histories and theologies to these urban regions. We will then address the ways that religious communities interact with each other as they share space or contest the boundaries of neighborhoods, analyzing how religious groups can foster both civic participation and social violence and disruption. Next, we will consider the various public settings wherein religious language, practice, and performance take place. We will then turn to the ways that religions in the city are shaped by new patterns of migration and globalization. Finally, we turn to focus specifically on the ways that “the city” is imagined, “read” and remembered through religious memory and social action.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Islam

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural

Keywords:

Religion in America

Matthew J. Cressler
Author

College of Charleston
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2019
Date Published

Description:

Is the United States a Christian nation or the most religious diverse country in the world? Does the story of religion in America begin in 1492, 1619, or 1776? What does “religious freedom” mean in society built on slavery and settler colonialism? And why do these questions matter? Students will engage each of these questions and more as they are introduced to religion in the 4 Americas broadly and in the United States in particular. The course will situate religion in America in its historical and cultural context. It will also unearths our assumptions about what “religion” and “America” are in the first place. In addition, students will debate contemporary issues at the intersection of religion, race, and politics in America. Topics explored include the convergence of Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in the context of Christian empires; Jews, Catholics, and African Americans negotiating religious freedom in the nascent U.S. nation; as well as the ways Asian, African, and American im/migrants changed the religious landscape in the 20th and 21st centuries. Oh, and we’ll listen to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and debate Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations” while we’re at it.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Class/Power, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in America

Joel W. Martin
Author

Franklin and Marshall College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

This course traces how religious traditions from America, Africa, Europe and Asia changed in the post-Columbian New World context. Each tradition and revision of tradition is taken seriously as a profound attempt to provide orientation in light of changing New World realities. A final section of the course traces contemporary developments reshaping cultural religion in America.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in America

Christopher White
Author

Georgia State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2006
Date Published

Description:

What are the major cultural and intellectual forces shaping religions in America? How have religious Americans encountered people of other faiths and nationalities? How have they seen America as a promised land or place of refuge—or as a place of bondage, conflict or secularity? What are the main ways that religious Americans think about faith, spirituality, religious diversity and church and state? How might we understand the complexity of these and other issues in a country of so many different religious groups—Protestant, Jewish, Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim? There will be several other topics that we will examine: 1) What it means to be an American or a religious American; 2) how Americans of different faiths have interacted, argued and cooperated with each other; and 3) how Americans have thought about personal religious experiences.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Protestant

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in America

T. Paul Thigpen
Author

Southwest Missouri State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

The religious heritage of the United States encompasses a fascinating array of wildly diverse traditions– some transplanted from other cultures, others “homegrown.” Religion has in fact played such an important role in shaping American society from its very beginnings that we can’t hope to understand our nation’s history and culture adequately without examining its religious elements. This course offers an introductory survey of religion in America from early Native American traditions to the present. Our central concern will be the relationship between American religion and American culture.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Other Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords: thematic, field work

Religion in America

John Schmalzbauer
Author

Southwest Missouri State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

There have been many attempts to tell the story of religion in America. Many scholars emphasize the secularization of American life, arguing that religion has become less and less important in our society. Others believe that we have grown more religious over the past 200 years, highlighting what they call the “Churching of America.” Still others celebrate the amazing diversity of American religion, focusing on the spiritual journeys of native peoples, immigrants, and African-Americans. In “What is Happening to Religion? Six Sociological Narratives” sociologist James Spickard summarizes these conflicting approaches, arguing that that “each of these stories is plausible” and that few scholars “are wedded to any single story.” In this course, we will consider the multiple storylines that have been used to make sense of American religious history. Your job is to determine which storylines make the most sense to you. You need not be wedded to a single story

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Intro, Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Hinduism, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in America

Jennifer Rycenga
Author

San Jose State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

From the bountiful religious insights of Native Americans, to the dreams of religious freedom developed by many newcomers to these shores, this course will examine how religions in America have blossomed, migrated, transformed, and developed both in conjunction and in struggle with each other. By studying the religious conflicts and hopes of the peoples of this continent, we will develop critical methodologies for reading and evaluating spiritual and historical ideas, movements and writings. The course will focus on American religious creativity and diversity, with special interest in the interactions of different religions under conditions of cultural adaptation, immigration, oppression, and political-economic circumstances. The syllabus blends chronological history with experiential voices and thematic explorations.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Hinduism, Indigenous, Judaism, Other Christianities, Other Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in America

Stephen Prothero
Author

Boston University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

This course surveys the history of religion in the United States from the colonial period to the present. It focuses on a series of religious controversies that highlight the pluralistic and conflictual nature of American religious history. In an effort to get back as close as possible to these controversies, we will read almost exclusively from primary documents produced by the disputants themselves.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, Philosophy

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in America

Gerald McDermott
Author

Roanoke College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

The primary goal of this course is to understand the principal expressions of American religion from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. We will examine the relationship between religion and society, and look intermittently at institutional change, but our primary focus will be on religious thought (theology). That is, we will try to comprehend how Americans have thought about God and the religious life. A secondary goal of this course is for students to begin to think as historians. That is, they should learn to regard primary texts both as interpretations and as documents requiring interpretation. They should learn to restrict their interpretations to what can be discerned from textual evidence, and to seek to place each text or passage within its contexts–social, intellectual, political and religious. We will study American religious traditions to an extent proportionate to their relative prominence in American history. That is, we will give the most time to Protestant Christian traditions and thinkers because that tradition has been the most dominant in American religious history. Less (but still substantial) time will be given to Roman Catholic, Jewish and Native American traditions.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity, Theology/Liturgy

Keywords:

Religion in America

Elizabeth McAlister
Author

Wesleyan University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

This course asks how diverse American groups have used Biblical scripture to cast themselves as God’s elect, chosen to create the New Israel in the U.S. Beginning with Native American religions, Puritans and the colonial project, we move to slave religion, the Great Awakening, Mormons and Millerites, AfroChristianity, Fundamentalism, and selected U.S. Catholicisms and Judaisms, as well as new immigrant religions (Haitian Vodou, Rastafari). We will be interested in asking how each religious group fashions both its own identity and that of the U.S. as a whole.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Judaism, Other Christianities, Other Traditions, Protestant

Mormonism

Topics: Family/Children/Reproduction, Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in America

Andrew Manis
Author

Averett College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

The story of the development of American civilization would be incomplete without due attention to the role of religion. Religion and its relationship to American society has been and remains unique in Western culture, and national self-understanding cannot be fully attained without studying the place of religion in American life. The development of insight into the nature of religion and the character of the American nation is the purpose of this course. Primary attention will be given to the historical development of religious ideas and institutions and their interaction with the development of American culture.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: New Religious Movements, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

Keywords: modernity

Religion in America

Laura Levitt
Author

Temple University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

This is a course on Religion in America that takes material culture as its primary focus. It is a course about the interrelationships between America as a system of beliefs and/or a place committed to nurturing various religious practices and specific locations in the United States that are for many sacred sites. By looking at religious objects, material practices, art, monuments and memorials, this course ask students to use their unique aesthetic skills to ask critical questions about Religion in America. As part of the course students will be asked to assess museum catalogues, collections, clothing, shrines, places of worship, sites of mourning and memorial as important texts in the study of Religion in America. The course will address the ongoing effects of religious rites, rituals and practices on American life in both the past and the present.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Anthropology, The Arts

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, He​alth/Death, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: thematic, material culture, sacred space, consumerism

Religion in America

Thomas S. Kidd
Author

Baylor University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

A study of the variety and persistence of American religious beliefs and practices from the meeting of European and Native American peoples in the 16th century to the turn of the 21st century.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in America

John M. Giggie
Author

University of Texas at San Antonio
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

This is a course about religion in America. It attempts to define the nature of American religion as it developed over the past two hundred years, since the advance of capitalist industry at the end of the eighteenth century. It analyzes four distinct yet intimately related dimensions to the American religious experience that have been the subject of much of the best scholarship in the field during the last decade. They are: religion and commercial culture, devotional culture, religion and politics, and gender.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Anthropology

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords: devotion, consumerism

Religion in America

Martha L. Finch
Author

Southwest Missouri State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2004
Date Published

Description:

We cannot understand American culture and society without understanding the crucial role that religion has played—and still plays today—in the formation of American identity and values. The story of the American nation is, first and foremost, a story of religious foundations and growing religious diversity. From the first inhabitants of this land, Native Americans, to our Protestant colonial “founding fathers,” African slaves, nineteenth-century Catholic and Jewish immigrants, and the many Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and others arriving during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, religiously committed people have shaped the American social landscape and been shaped by it. Many religious movements have been born in our soil, as well, like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, charismatic Christianity, and Goddess spirituality.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Hinduism, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in America

Tracy Fessenden
Author

Arizona State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

This course focuses on important currents, representative populations, significant works, and interpretive methods in American religious history. While the direction of the course is loosely chronological, it is not intended as a comprehensive survey of American religions; much of importance is necessarily omitted. In providing a broad overview of the development of religious ideas, rituals, and forms of community from the colonial period to the present, the course gives attention to economic change, politics, immigration, gender, regionalism, and racial and ethnic diversity. Religions to be studied include those of Native Americans; Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish European Americans; Protestant, Catholic, and Muslim African Americans; and others. Each of these groups itself constitutes a diversity; a central question of the course will be on the relationship between religious and other identities (racial, national, gender, ethnic), and on the ways in which these identities are conceived, expressed, maintained, and interpreted. We will also look at the ways in which these groups have attempted to manage their relations with one another, particularly during periods of colonialism, slavery, and immigration.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in America

Madeline Duntley
Author

The College of Wooster
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

We will spend time charting a chronological history of religion in America using a variety of textual sources: secondary histories, primary sources, and autobiographies. We will discuss the readings in class, and the lectures will provide background to the readings and general topics we will cover. We will highlight key episodes in America religious history and focus on how and why religions and cultures tolerate, dominate, and challenge each other. By focusing on a variety of America’s religious traditions, we will see how these groups have experienced transformation and upheaval over the years, and how new religions are created. Religion is not static, it is continually changing with new times and circumstances, and religion in turn shapes history and peoples’ perspectives on life, and of each other. One of the themes running throughout the course is civil and religious liberties and limitations. This class also involves a fieldwork component.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History, Sociology

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in America

Ava Chamberlain
Author

Wright State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

Among western industrialized nations, the United States is unique both in the rate of religious belief and in the diversity of religious expression. Many early European colonists came to North America in order to freely practice their strongly held religious beliefs, and the right to free exercise of religion is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. This course will explore the multiplicity of religious groups that compete in the modern religious marketplace. It will consider, first, the variety of faiths that constitute the religious consensus, and second, the even greater diversity of faiths that are found outside the consensus. It will consider such issues as: the effect of church/state separation, the difference between institutional and popular religion, the distinctive beliefs and practices of religious groups, and the historical development of the major religious traditions in America.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Intro, Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in America

James B. Bennett
Author

Santa Clara University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

This course provides an introduction to the development, character, and impact of religion in the United States from the pre-colonial era to the present. Guiding our investigation will be the ideas of “contact,” “conflict” and “combination” as ways to characterize the American religious experience. Course readings and discussions will center on the relationship between religion and the development of American culture. We will explore the variety of religious traditions and experiences that have shaped and been shaped by the American context. Given the time constraints of a quarter the course cannot be exhaustive. Instead, we will examine representative episodes in American spiritual history that highlight larger themes and major turning points. The course will proceed in a chronological order. Among the topics covered are Native American traditions; colonial religious impulses; slavery; revivalism; spiritual creativity; religion and war; immigration; race; church and state; and modern religious pluralism.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Indigenous, New Religious Movements

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords: religious freedom

Religion in America

Jonathan Baer
Author

Wabash College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

This course is an introduction to the religious history of America. We will explore the historical development of the primary religious traditions in America, especially Protestantism, Catholicism, and Judaism, as well as the formative influence of religion among women, African Americans, and American Indians. Principal themes include pluralism, the impact of religious disestablishment, revivalism and reform, theological movements, and religious innovation.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Mormonism

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, Catholic, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in America, 1900-1941

Jonathan Ebel
Author

University of Illinois
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2011
Date Published

Description:

This seminar takes a thematic and roughly chronological approach to the religious history of the United States from 1900 to 1941. It is designed to familiarize students both with the religious lives and thoughts of Americans in the first four decades of the twentieth century and with the many overlapping issues confronting American society and American religion during that time. We will focus our discussions on four themes: debates over the meaning of modernity, understandings of the relationship between religion and society, the gendering of faith, and the relationship between religion and American identity. We will read from many scholarly monographs during the course, but readings will also come from works of fiction and primary documents. Students will be evaluated based on four graded exercises: two in-class presentations, one mid-term paper, and a final research project.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Judaism, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in America: A Multicultural Approach

Yvonne Chireau
Author

Swarthmore College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1996
Date Published

Description:

This course is intended to acquaint you with some of the major themes in American religion from the perspective of actors/subjects who are traditionally underrepresented in the study of religious history. Our goal is to explore the relationships between religion and society by considering the interaction of its various participants -including women, ethnic and racial minorities, and religious “outsiders” -in shaping American culture.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in America: From Protestantism to Pluralism

Rebecca Kneale Gould
Author

Middlebury College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

America has often been paradoxically defined as simultaneously the “most religious” and “least religious” of nations. This course, an historical survey of American religious life, will trace the unique story of American religion from colonial contact with native cultures to the present. Along the way, we will examine Puritan life and thought, the emergence of evangelicalism, liberal and radical challenges to the Protestant mainstream, the impact of Jewish and Catholic immigration, African-American religious experience, the importance of women’s history and the ongoing challenges of religious diversity. Readings include sermons, essays, diaries and fiction, as well as secondary source material.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Indigenous, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Protestant

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in America: Particularity, Americanization, and the Aesthetics of the U.S. Religious Quest

Anne Blue Wills
Author

Davidson College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

This course will explore the origins, development, and character of a variety of religious traditions and movements in North America and the United States, from pre-contact to the present. Although we will cover historical terrain of dates, places, and people, and consult primary documents and critical essays, our study will be organized around our reading of five “fictions,” works that rise out of and/or imaginatively describe religious movements.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, English

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Hinduism, Indigenous, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in American Culture

John G., Jr. Stackhouse
Author

Regent College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

The primary goal of “The American Religious Experience” is to examine the beliefs and practices of the major religious traditions and movements in American history. This course surveys major religious traditions, movements, and themes in American history from the colonial period to the present. Additionally, we will explore the relationship between religious values and beliefs and other aspects of American culture. Along with acquiring certain factual information, another purpose of the course is to critically analyze and understand the interaction between religious beliefs and social, cultural, and intellectual forces in American culture.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: religious leaders, santeria

Religion in American Culture

Matthew Glass
Author

South Dakota State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

Americans frequently distinguish between being religious and belonging to a church or some other religious organization. In this course we will try to take this distinction seriously. If the religious expressions of the American people are not necessarily tied to the institutions which dot our landscape, then where ought we look in order to understand the role of religion in our culture? In what parts of our lives does religion crop up? What is religion anyway? We will focus our efforts on examining various features of American culture in order to trace the many different ways in which religious aspirations shape and reflect the changing nature of life in America.

While we will be somewhat attentive to the variety of religious groupings which have either migrated to or developed over time on American soil, our primary approach will not be historical. Instead our focus will be on those aspects of religion that are intertwined with other parts of American culture. We will attempt to provide a comparative and socio-cultural perspective on the forms of American religion and their role in American culture, as well as examine the sorts of religious interpretations which have been given to the American experience itself.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History, Sociology

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports

Keywords: material culture

Religion in American History

Roberto R. Trevino
Author

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

This overview of religious history emphasizes the interplay between religion and secular culture, and how this has affected American history. The course is presented from a social history perspective and takes an expansive view of what constitutes American religions, their functions, and influences in shaping the nation’s past. The material is presented chronologically against the background of the developing United States with religious expression and traditions appearing as they came onto the American scene, but without tracing their entire histories. Instead, we selectively explore some important links between ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’ arenas that influenced the way America and its peoples evolved. Thus some of the recurring topics of the course include the impact of religion on: identity, community and nation building, social and political change, class, gender, and ethnic relations, and so forth. The course will introduce students to the myriad religious traditions in American history but, more importantly, it will deepen their understanding of religion as a historical force, and hone their skills of historical analysis and writing. Activities designed to achieve this include lectures, films and, most importantly, structured small-group exercises that emphasize the critical evaluation of historical evidence and formulation of coherent arguments necessary for writing thesis-driven essays.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in American History

T. J. Tomlin
Author

University of Northern Colorado
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

America has long been recognized for its distinct religiosity. This semester, we will examine the complex role of religion in the American past and the process by which, often against its will, the United States became home to a baffling variety of religious groups who changed and were changed by America. By the end of the course, you should be able to: 1.) Use “religion” as a category of historical analysis. 2.) Explain the core beliefs, practices, and (most importantly) experiences of Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and other religious groups over time. 3.) Analyze how religion and American culture shaped each other. 4.) Create and complete an original, thesis-driven research project in American religious history supported by primary and secondary sources.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in American History

Judith Hunter
Author

State University of New York at Geneseo
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1996
Date Published

Description:

We start with the creation of a Protestant hegemony and trace its development through the Civil War. We continue to examine the fragmentation of the religious landscape in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as a result of both pluralistic forces (e.g., immigration) and internal divisions among Protestants (e.g., the Modernist controversy). We conclude with the emergence of the postwar consensus surrounding civil religion. Class lectures places an emphasis on mainstream religion, but students are encouraged to explore “non-mainstream” religious issues in their papers.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in American History

Tony Fels
Author

University of San Francisco
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

This course is an introduction to the central themes and issues in the history of American religion, as this subject matter had been discussed and interpreted by historians. It will acquaint students with the internal life of the nation’s diverse religious institutions, and it will attempt to draw connections between these religious experiences and the history of the wider society and culture of the United States.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in American Life

Thomas Tweed
Author

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

This course provides an introduction to the history, themes, and issues in American religion from the precolonial period to the present. It is divided into three sections. The first provides an historical overview and an introduction to some of the religions that have been most prominent–Catholicism, Protestant, and Judaism–as well the traditions that are native to the land. The second and third sections consider some “non-traditional” religions (those outside orthodox Judaism and Christianity). Those sects and religions include, for instance, Mormons, Shakers, Zen Buddhists, and Black Muslims. We also explore in those last two sections of the course a wide range of topics. Most of them concern the relation between religion and some other theme or dimension of American life–politics, art, science, literature, music, race, gender, class, and popular culture. This is a writing intensive class.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in American Life

Kathleen M. Joyce
Author

Duke University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

Religion in American life is a one semester survey course. We will be exposed to people, events, beliefs, and traditions that may be unfamiliar to you, but the course focuses on Jewish and Christian mainstream traditions. Students will develop analytical capabilities by investigating primary and secondary source documents. This course is intended to be a collaborative effort, with students and instructor joining together to discuss texts and reflect on the issues they raise. The texts and issues we will be considering lend themselves to active discussion and debate.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in American Life

Maura Jane Farrelly
Author

Brandeis University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2011
Date Published

Description:

This course will chart the origins and development of the various (and primarily Christian) religious movements that have shaped and been shaped by the American experience, with a goal toward understanding and appreciating the richness, complexity, and influence of this country’s contemporary religious landscape. We will explore the answers to countless questions that you may not have realized you even had: What happened to the Puritans – are any of them still around? Why are there Southern Baptist churches in New England? What are people really saying when they call themselves ‘agnostics’? My hope is that when this course is over, you will look upon the subject of religion in America with discerning eyes– that you will appreciate the diversity and sophistication of religious belief, even if a particular belief or “belief” in general is not something you share, and that you will recognize the extent to which some of the best and worst parts of contemporary American society are a byproduct of the fact that people have believed.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

 

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Atheism/Agnosticism/Skepticism, General Comparative Traditions, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in American Life: A Sociological Approach

Wendy Cadge
Author

Bowdoin College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

This course introduces the tools and concepts central to the sociological study of religion. We ask what religion is, how it is present and influential in contemporary American public and private life, and how the boundaries of public and private are constructed and contested in relation to religion. Specific attention is devoted to people’s religious practices, religious communities, and the identities people develop through their religious traditions. Central to this course are a series of assignments that ask you to select a particular religious tradition and map its contours, examine how its practitioners are involved in public life, and learn about practitioners’ religious identities and communities in the United States. Readings, lectures, and course discussions are drawn from the range of religious traditions practiced in the United States.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Sociology

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, General Comparative Traditions, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords: religious freedom

Religion in Contemporary America

Lawrence W. Snyder
Author

Western Kentucky University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1996
Date Published

Description:

This course is a study of the ways in which religion is understood and expressed in contemporary American society. More specifically, we shall focus upon the changing religious climate in the United States since the end of the Second World War. At least since 1920, the idea that America is–or ever has been–a “Christian nation” has become increasingly problematic. And while our coinage may remind us daily that “In God We Trust,” some Americans have rightly asked, “Whose God?” Is it the God of the Christians, or that of the Jews, or that of the growing number of Muslims, or perhaps one of the many deities of the Asian faiths or even of the Native American Indians? Is this God white, black, or red? Is God male or female? As Americans have become aware of the great ethnic, racial and spiritual diversity within this country, the reality of pluralism has challenged traditional understandings of religious freedom and American identity. People are rightly asking how religion relates to politics, education, and the great social issues of the day. Given these changes, what role can or should religion play in contemporary American society?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in Early North America

Rebecca A. Goetz
Author

Rice University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2009
Date Published

Description:

This writing-intensive course introduces undergraduates to the joys and challenges of studying religion historically. How should we study what people in the past believed? What happened when people from different faith backgrounds met and interacted? How can understanding beliefs help us understand their motivations and actions? How should we think about belief historically? And what can understanding religious belief in the past help us understand about the present? Students will examine these questions through reading and writing about four episodes in the religious history of colonial North America.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Indigenous, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in Postwar America

David Yamane
Author

Wake Forest University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2004
Date Published

Description:

This course surveys the major developments in religious life in the United States since the 1950s. We will read some of the most important recent books on this subject and discuss these works in class. The overall aim of this course is to cultivate a sociological imagination and apply it to religious life.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Sociology

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, Family/Children/Reproduction, Gender/Women/ Sexuality

Keywords:

Religion in Society

Michael Emerson
Author

Bethel College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1999
Date Published

Description:

We all have extensive personal experience with religion. This course is about, among others, how things social shape our personal experience. Religion exists in a social contextit is shaped by and shapes that social context. Moreover, religion is always a socially constituted reality; that is, its content and structure are always formed, at least partially, out of the “stuff” of the sociocultural world (language, symbols, norms, interactions, organizations, inequality, conflict and cooperation). In Religion in Society, we seek to understand both the “socialness” of religion itself and the mutually influencing interactions between religion and its social environment. We examine religious beliefs, practices, and organizations from a sociological perspective, with a primary (but not exclusive) focus on religion in the contemporary U.S.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Sociology

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Protestant

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Theology/Liturgy

Keywords:

Religion in the American South

John Hayes
Author

Augusta State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2012
Date Published

Description:

With different religious groups as the main characters, this class tells a winding story of the diverse ways in which people have religiously imagined life in the American South. How did they understand the relation between the sacred and society? What did they picture as the ideal way of life? What rituals did they practice to codify this ideal, and who was included in these rituals? Was their religious vision a sacred alternative to the dominant culture, or did they seek to craft a sacralized society? In pursuing these questions in a narrative format, we will learn that religion in the South has been neither homogenous nor unchanging. Different groups have waxed and waned in cultural power, and different visions of the sacred have been imagined in changing contexts. The story of these groups and these changing visions is the story of religion in the American South.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Area Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural

Keywords: the south

Religion in the American West

Quincy D. Newell
Author

University of Wyoming
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2012
Date Published

Description:

This course explores the history of religion in the American West. The boundaries of this topic are fuzzy, at best: what is religion, exactly? Is it more than going to church? More than what someone believes? Can planting gardens count as a religious practice? What about rock climbing? And where is the West? Is California part of the West? Was it ever part of the West? What about Wyoming? What is the difference? We will begin with considerations of these questions, and keep them in mind throughout the course. This course has three major learning outcomes: 1.) Students will synthesize the religious history of the American West by identifying key figures, groups, ideas, and events and explaining the connections between them. 2.) Students will evaluate how the physical, social, and cultural environments of the West have affected the presence and practice of religion, and vice versa. 3.) Students will recognize and analyze manifestations of religion that do not fit dominant institutional models.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, Area Studies

Religious Traditions: New Religious Movements, Other Christianities

Mormonism

Topics: Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords: migration, the west, Sacred space

Religion in the Colonial Americas

John Corrigan
Author

Florida State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2020
Date Published

Description:

The syllabus for a graduate seminar. The reading list includes some primary as well as secondary sources. Geographic areas include the Caribbean, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, New France, New Netherland, New England, Native American territories. The course centers religion in relation to the contestation of space, shiftings of power, race, commerce, colonialism, and empire.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, Indigenous, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords: religion, Americas, colonial, empire, indigenous, race

Religion in the Nineteenth Century American West

Joshua Paddison
Author

Indiana University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2012
Date Published

Description:

Although the boundaries of what is considered “the west” have shifted over the past three centuries, the region has always loomed large in American mythology. Imagined at various times as a virginal wilderness, savage frontier, bountiful garden, and heavenly utopia, the west has served as a reflection of Americans’ wildest hopes and most urgent fears. From its “wide open spaces” where individuality and freedom might finally flourish to its promise of opportunity and re-invention, the west continues to inhabit a central place in American culture. This course will focus on the religious dimensions of Americans’ fascination and interactions with the west during the nineteenth century. Using a mix of recent writings by historians and primary sources from people who lived during the era (missionaries and converts, map makers and ghost dancers, Mormon exiles and Chinese immigrants), we will consider how religious ideas shaped day-to-day life in the west as well as how religion influenced how the region was imagined, conquered, and transformed.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, Area Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Other Christianities

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords: the west

Religion in the U.S.

Rodger Payne
Author

Louisiana State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1993
Date Published

Description:

Religion forms a significant part of the rich cultural mosaic of American civilization. But what does it mean to speak of American religion? On one level, the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment have encouraged the most religiously variegated society in the Western world; Americans share no common theology or religious customs. On a deeper level, however, a pervasive religious self-understanding has contributed to a strong cultural consensus that crosses denominational distinctions: America is a new “promised land” populated by a new “chosen people.” This course is an intensive survey of religion and religions in America that addresses this question of radical religious pluralism vs. common cultural identity. Rather than follow a strict chronological survey, we will investigate certain themes in American religious history that best demonstrate the conflicts and accommodations between pluralism and consensus.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion in the U.S.

Philip K. Goff
Author

California State University, Los Angeles
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1996
Date Published

Description:

It is difficult to say which is more impressive, the variety of religions in America or the sheer volume of them. Drive down the average city street and you will doubtless pass more religious meeting places than convenient stores. And chances are, each one will look a little different, feel a little different, and even smell a little different than the one just down the block. Why? The purpose of this course is to help you unravel the fascinating and sometimes confusing story of religion in America. Beginning with the Native Americans, we will tour this subject through jaunts of immigration and the nation at war (sometimes with itself). But this will not simply be sightseeing entertainment, for you will interact with religious movements through historical sources and firsthand experience. In the immortal words of Bette Davis, Hold on, this could be a bumpy ride.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Immigration/Refugees, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords: thematic, ritual, primitivism, iconoclasm

Religion in the United States

Luis E. Murillo
Author

Trinity University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

This introductory course examines both the diversity of traditions and the diversity within traditions of numerous religious groups, including Native American, Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Buddhist, Muslim, Mormon, and more. While lectures will cover the historical background of these groups from 1500 CE and on, we will concentrate on the last one hundred years of the American experience. The primary goal of this course is to begin to critically analyze the impact of these traditions upon American culture in general, and, when possible, upon San Antonio. In order to best understand the impact of religion upon the American experience, this course concerns itself more with the practice of religion than the beliefs/theology of a particular religious tradition. In addition, the course is organized both thematically and historically around a series of case studies. We will focus on particular themes within a historical framework within each thematic subset.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Intro, Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: He​alth/Death, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords:

Religion in U.S. History Since 1865

Kate Carté Engel
Author

Texas A&M University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2009
Date Published

Description:

The United States has been called a nation with the soul of a church. It has also been called wicked, soulless and corrupt. A Christian nation and a melting pot where all faiths are welcome. Religion plays, and has always played, a central role in the nation’s history, but that has never been a simple history. This course will explore American religion as an ongoing series of conversations: over the role of religion in our politics, in our understanding of each other, in the way we engage science and knowledge, in the way we understand gender and family, and in our mass media and culture.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Science/Technology/Environment

Keywords:

Religion, Health, and the Body in Law and Order Teaching Module

Philippa Koch
Author

Missouri State University
Institution

Teaching Module
Resource Type

2020
Date Published

Description:

This is a unit designed for a course called “Body and Health in American Religions.” It could be used in a variety of courses, including a survey of American religion and an elective on sexuality, healing, and family life. It could also be used in a course to cover the topics of religion and colonialism.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Intro, Undergraduate Course, Graduate Course, Online, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies, History, Political Science

Religious Traditions: Indigenous, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics:

Keywords: Body, Health, Religion, Caribbean, Hawaii, Piilani, Obeah, Eddy, Witchcraft, Infanticide, Medicine, Christian Science, Possession, Slavery, Crime, Execution, Quarantine, Government, Women

Religion, Literature, and Film: Global Pursuits of Meaning

Everett Hamner
Author

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2011
Date Published

Description:

This course pursues the unique insights contemporary fiction and film offer for understanding world religions and spiritualistic. What do such narratives suggest about similarities and differences between Midwestern Protestantism and New York City Judaism, or between Iranian Islam and New Zealand indigenous spirituality? Conversely, the course considers the value of religious and secular questions for understanding literary and filmic characters and plots. What can understanding basic concepts of Hinduism or Taoism, for instance, reveal about an Oscar-winning film or a major science fiction novel?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, Other

Film Studies

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, General Comparative Traditions, Hinduism, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural

Keywords:

Religion, Politics, and Society in Modern U.S. History

Darren Dochuk
Author

Purdue University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2009
Date Published

Description:

This course provides both a chronological and thematic overview of the history of religion, politics and society in twentieth century America. This course will encourage us to think more deeply about the ways religious ideas, institutions, and individuals intersect with and weave through broad political developments like populism and progressivism, corporate and labor activism, the rise and decline of New Deal liberalism, war and American empire building, the power shift to the Sunbelt, urban and suburban power struggles, social movements of the Left and the Right, the politics of family, education, and community, civil rights and ethnic identity, conservatism and globalization. The overarching goal of this course is to place religion at the center of political development in the twentieth century, and at the center of our understanding of this recent past. Here religion will not (as is often done by political historians) be cordoned off as an agent of change worthy of consideration only under exceptional circumstances and in rare moments, but rather be considered as a consistent, powerful player that always brings competing passions and interests, drama and controversy to the political realm.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Islam, Judaism, Protestant

Topics: Business/Capitalism/Labor, Family/Children/Reproduction, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion, Politics, and the FBI

Lerone A. Martin
Author

Washington University in St. Louis
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2015
Date Published

Description:

This seminar examines the relationship between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and religion (i.e. faith communities, clerics, and religious professionals) as a way to study
and understand twentieth century religion and politics. The course will investigate the history of the FBI, as well as the various ways in which the FBI and religious groups have
interacted. We will address several questions, including: What are the origins of the FBI? Did religion play a role in shaping the formation of the FBI? How have such origins shaped the FBI and public perceptions of the same? How, if at all, has the FBI shaped religion in America? How and why did the FBI spy on religious groups? Why did some religious groups fight the
FBI while others chose to cooperate and coordinate with the FBI? How did race, class, gender, and/or the theological composition of religious groups/persons contribute to such
variance? In what ways, if any, did FBI surveillance and counter-intelligence shape religious and political activity? Closely related, how, if at all, did FBI partnerships with cooperating and coordinating ministers, faith communities, and consultative religious professionals influence religious and political activity? Did the FBI’s engagement of religion alter public, cultural, political, and governmental perceptions and opportunities of religious communities and persons? And finally, what does the history of the FBI and religion tells us about religion and politics in America?

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies, Political Science

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Class/Power, Politics/Law/Government, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religion(s) in the U.S.

Amy Koehlinger
Author

Florida State University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2005
Date Published

Description:

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the historical study of religion in the United States, with an eye toward ways that social and cultural contexts have shaped the religious experience of Americans in different places and times. We will survey religious developments, movements, groups, and individuals, stopping to linger over representative “soundings” within each historical period. The primary goal of the course is for you to become familiar with the history of American religion both by learning about central events and trends, and by learning how to think and write historically.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Judaism, Other Christianities, Other Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: Revivalism, Utopianism, Violence, Resistance

Religions in American Cultures

James German
Author

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

1996
Date Published

Description:

This course offers an historical examination of some of the various expressions of religious belief and practice in American culture. It focuses on the creation of the Protestant establishment in the colonial period and the challenges posed to that establishment by democracy, science, multiple competing cultures, and even the mainstream of American culture.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, History

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: thematic,

Religious Diversity in North America

Jeff Wilson
Author

University of Waterloo
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2012
Date Published

Description:

North America is one of the most religiously diverse regions in the history of humanity; it is also one of the most monolithically Christian places on Earth. Scholars of religious history in North America must deal with this tension between the so-called mainstream and fringes, recognizing how a dominant tradition itself produces plurality while simultaneously exerting pressure on outside groups to lose elements of their distinctiveness. This course will therefore explore diversity within and outside of the Christian tradition(s), examining forces of change, diversification, and conformity, and consider how immigration, gender, race, class, theology, praxis, and other forces have produced and been shaped by the religious ferment of North American society.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Graduate Course

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Religious Traditions: Buddhism, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, Other Christianities, Protestant

Topics: Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Theology/Liturgy

Keywords:

Religious Narratives in American Identity

Joe Creech
Author

Valparaiso University
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2006
Date Published

Description:

In this course we will examine American literary works spanning from the colonial to the modern period that in one way or another address religion and national identity as those entities have changed over time. This course is explicitly cross-disciplinary, combining insights from history and the study of literature to shed light on the way religion has shaped how Americans understand themselves and their nation. Starting with the colonial and moving through to the modern period, this course will examine such themes as exceptionalism, innocence, election, social concern, and freedom as they were expressed in mainstream and non-mainstream religious contexts.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Private College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies, English

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions, Protestant

Topics: Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

Keywords:

Religious Outsiders andthe American State

Shari Rabin
Author

College of Charleston
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2019
Date Published

Description:

This course explores the relationship between select outsider religions – Native Americans, Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, and Buddhists – and the American state from the beginnings of the nation until the present day. In a country that is premised on the separation of church and state but that also includes diverse religious communities, the place of religion in public life and of the government’s role in regulating and defining religion have long been contested. What do church-state relations look like if we focus on groups outside of the Protestant mainstream? What are the scope and limits of “religious freedom”? In this course, students explore these questions in relationship to immigration, education, national security, first amendment jurisprudence, and more.

 

This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Institution Type: Public College or University

Class Type: Undergraduate Course, Seminar

Discipline: Religious Studies, American Studies

Religious Traditions: General Comparative Traditions

Topics: Empire/Foreign Policy/Globalism, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

Keywords: religious freedom

Religious Plots

Joshua Guthman
Author

Berea College
Institution

Syllabus
Resource Type

2016
Date Published

Description:

Historians tell stories. The really good ones can turn their theses, their heaps of evidence, and their historiographic concerns into literary narratives that vibrate with the kind of energy we usually associate with novels, memoirs, or the types of nonfiction titles on the best-seller lists. There is a style to good history writing, and that style does work. This course is about understanding the ways in which literary style—choices about plot, character