Religion in

REL 245.001
Honors History of Religions in America

The Old Temple of the Vedanta Society of Northern California in San Francisco California (built in 1908).

Dr. Michael Altman

Office: 205 Manly Hall
Office Phone: (205)348-7223
Course: TR 9:30-10:45
Location: Manly 207

About Online Readings

Some of the course's online readings are placed in a "secure" folder; you can only access these PDF files (Portable Document Format, that can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) by clicking each link and then entering the username/password given to you in class.

If you have difficulty accessing these readings, contact the instructor by email.




This course offers a broad overview of changing constructions of religion in American culture, history, and society from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis will be placed on themes of race, politics, immigrations, and Protestant cultural power.


Spring 2016 (PDF)

Books (required)

Blum, Edward J.
The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America
University of North Carolina Press, 2012
ISBN: 0807835722

Gaustad, Ediwn and Leigh Schmidt
The Religious History of America: The Heart of the Story from Colonial Times to Today
HarperOne, 2002
ISBN: 9780060630560

Griffith, Marie R., ed.
American Religions: A Documentary History
Oxford University Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780195170450


To be announced