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Introduction to Religion in America

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.

D. Keith Naylor

Occidental College

Private College or University
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Intro, Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, American Studies

General Comparative Traditions
Religous Tradition

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

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