REL209-OLA: Hist of Religions In America

May 15, 2017 - June 21, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Laderman, Gary

An examination of American religious history and culture from the colonial period to the present.

The history of religions in the United States provides a diverse landscape to study. Immigration, missions, nation-building, music, urbanization, oppression, gender politics, civil religion, solitary seekers, social experimentation, and consumer culture – it’s all there, and more.  Religious lives and practices reflect a broad array of circumstances, communities, and commodities.  Materials and discussions in this course will cover both so-called religious traditions in the American context (Hinduism, Judaism, Native American, and so on), and less recognized but just as vital religious cultures alive and thriving in the American context. This online course will also address conflicting definitions of “religion” at work in American history, and question lines of authority and power in making distinctions between real religion and false religion. 

NOTE: Emory College Online summer courses have required synchronous sessions every week.  Students must be available to sign into the course online during those times (noted as the course meeting times- all times listed are local to Atlanta).  Each course will also involve at least 3-4 hours of asynchronous course content per week (this is material that you access on your own time weekly) in addition to standard amounts of readings and course assignments.  Students should plan accordingly.   

  1. Catherine Albanese
    America: Religion and Religions
  2. David Stowe
    How Sweet the Sound
  3. Gary Laderman
    American Civil Religion (only digital format)

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.