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American Religions

Students in this course will acquire a broad overview of American religions from pre-European contact to the present with an emphasis on continuity and change over time, the remarkable variety and intensity of voluntary religion, and the sources of both conflict and consensus within and between various traditions. Since this is an advanced level history course, students will be required to demonstrate not only knowledge of course content but also skills in note-taking, inquiry, research, analysis, synthesis, and historiography. No prior knowledge of American religions or religious history is required. However, a basic working knowledge of American political and social history is an asset. This is a very demanding course, but students will have the opportunity to to acquire interesting, valuable knowledge and skills they will be able to use and apply beyond this course.


This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Karin E. Gedge

West Chester University

Public College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, American Studies, History

General Comparative Traditions
Religous Tradition

Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

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