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.
Richard J. CallahanAuthor
University of Missouri-ColumbiaInstitution
Public College or University Institution Type
Syllabus Resource Type
Undergraduate Course Class Type
2005 Date Published
Religious Studies, History Discipline
Catholic, Protestant Religous Tradition
Class/Power, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Region/Urban/Rural, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion, Science/Technology/Environment Topics