This course will focus on the scientific study of how race and ethnic issues influence and are influenced by religion. The course will focus upon this race and religion relationship within the context of the United States. We will begin with a historical and theoretical examination of religion and race/ethnic relations. This will lead us to examining how various racial interests have used religious concepts to legitimate their racial beliefs. We will examine empirical evidence of the ways religion can influence racial issues such as racism, discrimination and stratification. We will then look at the different religious traditions of various racial and ethnic groups in America. Lastly, we will consider the phenomenon of multiracial faith communities and their potential impact in our society. This is a seminar course will be discussion-based. It assumes previous course work in both the social sciences and religion.
Public College or University Institution Type
Undergraduate Course Class Type
2015 Date Published
Religious Studies, History, Sociology Discipline
General Comparative Traditions Religous Tradition