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Religion(s) in the U.S.

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the historical study of religion in the United States, with an eye toward ways that social and cultural contexts have shaped the religious experience of Americans in different places and times. We will survey religious developments, movements, groups, and individuals, stopping to linger over representative “soundings” within each historical period. The primary goal of the course is for you to become familiar with the history of American religion both by learning about central events and trends, and by learning how to think and write historically.


This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Amy Koehlinger

Florida State University

Public College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, History

Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Judaism, Other Christianities, Other Traditions, Protestant
Religous Tradition

Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

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