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.
Rebecca A. GoetzAuthor
Private College or University Institution Type
Syllabus Resource Type
Undergraduate Course Class Type
2009 Date Published
Religious Studies, History Discipline
Catholic, Indigenous, Other Christianities, Protestant Religous Tradition
Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity Topics