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Political Science/Religion 325: Religion and Politics in America

This course examines the political impact of religion in the United States, both historically and today. The phrase “separation of church and state” is one (but not the only) characterization of the official relationship between U.S. governmental institutions and religious institutions; it does not begin to cover the myriad connections found between organized religion and government at all levels and in all historical periods of American society. The primary goals are first, to understand how the interrelationships between religion and politics in the United States have developed; and second, to explore how religion in various forms continues to affect American public life, the workings of key political and social institutions, and the lives of citizens.

Chris Gilbert

Gustavus Adolphus College

Private College or University
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Undergraduate Course, Seminar
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Religious Studies, Political Science

Catholic, Islam, Judaism, Protestant
Religous Tradition

Politics/Law/Government, Race/Ethnicity

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