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The Sociology of Religious Organizations

Congregations, denominations, religious schools, religious hospitals, and a wide assortment of other organizations with religious ties operate in contemporary society. The organizational forms of religion hold particular interest to sociologists. What makes an organization religious? How do religious organizations form? Why do religious organizations succeed or fail? What is success or failure for a religious organization? Soc 6332 is a graduate seminar devoted to such questions. The seminar explores organizational aspects of religion, including organizational forms, prominent theories, and common methodologies.

Kevin Dougherty

Baylor University

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Graduate Course
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Religious Studies, Political Science, Sociology

General Comparative Traditions
Religous Tradition


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