HIST 661: Religion in North America to 1870

HIST 661-001: Religion North America to 1870
(Fall 2019)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R

Mason Global Center (formerly Mason Inn Hotel) 1306B

Section Information for Fall 2019

This course examines the dimensions of religion and religious experience in North America, from the beginnings of European settlement to the mid-to-late nineteenth century. For much of this period, the openness and diversity of the early American spiritual environment created a wide array of challenges and opportunities for those seeking to exercise or promote their own religious vision. Even as evangelical Protestantism became a kind of orthodoxy in the nineteenth century, dissent from both within and without challenged its institutional, political, and cultural coherence as well as its dominance in American life. This course explores these developments as well as the variety of methodological and interpretive approaches that historians have used to understand and interpret religion in America. By considering the realms of popular belief and cross-cultural interaction as well as the construction and maintenance of religious orthodoxies, we will work to understand how religion intersected with issues of group and individual identity and with major political social, and cultural trends across more than two centuries.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Dimensions of religion and religious experience in early America, from the beginnings of European settlement into the mid-to-late nineteenth century. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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