HIST 389: Topics in US. History.

HIST 389-008: Religion in America
(Spring 2023)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW

Horizon Hall 5018

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Section Information for Spring 2023

Religion seems to be everywhere in America. Not only is it pervasive, but it appears outside of traditional “religious” spaces such as churches, mosques, temples, and synagogues. From recent Supreme court rulings on prayer and reproductive rights, to the crosses and Bibles of the January 6th insurrection, to the Norse gods Thor and Loki, the African spirituality that surrounds Wakanda, to Harry Potter and Gwyneth Paltrow, religion is in law, politics, and popular culture. In this class, you will explore the various ways in which religion has been present in American life and culture by diving into primary sources that help make sense of our past and present. As we explore American religious history, you will also begin to think about what religion means, and, more specifically, what religion means in the American context. This course will require classroom participation as we unpack the complex relationship between religion and law, nationalism, race, sexuality, and superheroes. Rather than a final exam, the course will end with a research project in which you will be able to give a working definition of religion and how you see religion at work in a particular place, time, or event. Through it all you will become better equipped to see and understand both American religion and religion in America.  

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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