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Religion in American Life

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.

Kathleen M. Joyce

Duke University

Private College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies

Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Judaism, Protestant
Religous Tradition

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

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